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Catherine Malabou

Author of What Should We Do with Our Brain?

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Catherine Malabou is Professor of Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London

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I read this because a friend mentioned Malabou as a French philosopher who criticized (at least in private) the absurdities of 'Speculative Realism.' So, I was well-disposed. What I found was, sadly, an archetypal work of contemporary continental philosophy, which:

* does not state why we should care about the project (i.e., think about destructive plasticity)
* does not state what the project entails, or how it came about
* does not so much work on the project, as state, over and over again, that the project is necessary
* approaches the failure to work on the project by looking at a wide range of disciplines and text and studies, many of which are interesting, but shed no light on the project
* sheds no light on aforementioned disciplines, texts and studies
* is uncannily hip (Proust; Duras; neuroscience; Kafka...)

On the other hand, Malabou's writing is clear, and I'm completely convinced that theorists have ignored the painful and harmful consequences of identity fluidity for, you know, actual people. Of course, she can't come out and say "it's okay for people to have fixed, conservative identities," because, well, contemporary continental philosophy. And she can't say "there is an essence to your identity," because Hume. So some space was created here for interesting thinking. What did not happen? Interesting thinking.
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