Hubris and Heteronomy: A Review of Lessons in Secular Criticism

Secular criticism is “an experimental, often interrogative practice, alert to contingencies and skeptical toward whatever escapes the worldly”; particularly, it is skeptical toward any notion of “authority that is assumed to emerge from elsewhere,” toward any knowledge “presented as sovereign, unmarked by whatever social-historical institution actually possesses it” ….


David Golumbia and David Simpson begin a conversation, inviting comment below or via email to boundary 2: What are we talking about when we talk about drones? Is it that they carry weapons (true of only a small fraction of… Read More ›

Democracy: An Unfinished Project

by Susan Buck-Morss ~ This essay criticizes Ahmet Davutoğlu’s proposal that Islamic civilization complete the “unfinished project of modernity” (Jürgen Habermas), by challenging the concept of civilization itself. As scholars in multiple disciplines have demonstrated, civilizations are hybrid constructions that… Read More ›

Legacies of the Future

On the Life and Work of Edward Said – November, 2013: Video coverage of boundary 2‘s Fall conference, featuring Joseph Cleary, Aamir Mufti, Nuruddin Farah, Wlad Godzich, Stathis Gourgouris, RA Judy, QS Tong, Jonathan Arac, Donald Pease, Bruce Robbins and… Read More ›