Remainder from Epistemology: Exploring the Discursive Possibilities of Aporia

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November 15, 2020
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Remainder from Epistemology: Exploring the Discursive Possibilities of Aporia

Man has not been able to describe himself as a configuration in the episteme without thought at the same time discovering, both in itself and outside itself, at the borders yet also in its very warp and woof, an element of darkness, an apparently inert density in which it is embedded, an unthought which it contains entirely, yet in which it is also caught.

– Michel Foucault

Novel challenges, like the one that the world is currently going through in the form of COVID-19, bring out interesting intersections between existing epistemologies, that have gone into the building of our lifeworld, and the aporetic moments which allow us to see beyond these epistemologies. During such intersections—as existing knowledge systems fold upon themselves and the given structures of institutions, grounded in previous patterns of epistemology, begin to creak under the pressure to accommodate the new uncertainties of a changing climate of world affairs—we look for inspiration to reinterpret our everyday reality by redefining our philosophical epistemologies. For rethinking the entire range of issues in contemporary philosophical debates, these aporetic moments derive their legitimacy from our engagement with concepts like Uncanny and Sublime which have traditionally been employed, since Enlightenment, to make sense of the moments of arrest in our lived experience that current epistemologies fail to grasp.

Modern thought has always invested a great deal in epistemological practices by setting strict boundaries for developing and maintaining rational anthropocentric systems. Such epistemological discursions enquire about the ontological formulations of both the human subject—what it is and does—and the Reality it engages with—what is what. Philosophical discourses continually relegate Ontology—reality-in-itself—outside the phenomenal realm of the knowable and determinable relations: a reduction that is sturdily resisted by intimations of, what Lacan would call, the Real. The lexical enterprise of defining and describing, falling short when the ‘givenness’ of concepts is under suspicion, can only approximate these experiences through metaphors, symbols, and other literary devices. Terms like Uncanny and Sublime demand a pushing of boundaries in terms of this pregivenness of concepts—historical, linguistic, and cultural entities—established through long term discursive practices. The layers and levels of conceptualization are to be pierced through to find a place for something which is apparently beyond linguistic referentiality and human cognition.

Even though aporetic discourses touch various fields—philosophy, psychoanalysis, critical theory, genre studies, cultural studies, speculative philosophy, religious studies, architecture—imaginative literature acts as a potent site of their translucid representation accompanied by an evocation of emotions like shock, surprise, eerie, fear, horror, and disgust. However, the problematic of representation poses questions for a rethinking of the entire domain of thought based on rational principles which keep themselves unmoored from the modalities of ontology. The perspectives gained from the study of these states question the human condition established within systems of knowledge and perception: what can the aporetic moments of Uncanny and Sublime reveal about the human condition or the condition of existence as such? If such moments are always already in excess of the epistemological framework—resist, confound, and dismantle it—how do then such experiences afford ways to rethink the modes of knowing vis-à-vis the modes of being?

This call for papers for the Issue 4.2 aims to gather perspectives on the unravelling of complexly tenacious realities which dispute the fundamental logic of existence, knowledge, possibility, and causality. LLIDS invites scholarly contributions which address the above theme and/or go beyond them. Some suggestive enquiries are listed below as well:

  • Modern metaphysics and eclipse of ontology
  • Unconcealment of the world through aporetic moments
  • Uncanny as the Other
  • Heideggar on Uncanny
  • Uncanny and Bachelardian space
  • Threshold/limit experience and affect theory
  • Aporetic experience and object-oriented ontology
  • Uncanny and the Nonhuman turn
  • Existential aesthetics of Sublime
  • Uncanny and Posthuman/Transhuman
  • Uncanny Valley and technology
  • Uncanny and Trauma
  • Phenomenology of aporetic experience
  • Aporetic moments and religious studies  
  • Uncanny, Sublime, and surrealism
  • Aporetic moments and their representation
  • Sublime and absurdity
  • Speculative philosophy and aporia
  • Materialist ontology and aporetic experience
  • Uncanny and hauntology
  • Unknowability and Ontology


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