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DisappointmentToward a Critical Hermeneutics of Worldbuilding$
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Jarrett Zigon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823278237

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823278237.001.0001

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Progress; or, The Repetition of Differential Sameness

Progress; or, The Repetition of Differential Sameness

(p.51) Chapter 2 Progress; or, The Repetition of Differential Sameness

Jarrett Zigon

Fordham University Press

Chapter two considers the centrality of the concept of progress in the enactment of the ontological conditions of totality and repetition. This chapter moves between an ontic and ontological analysis of progress to disclose the limits of the political possibilities of metaphysical humanism. In particular, the ways in which rights arguments are made by anti-drug war agonists working in Russia are analysed, and the repetition of differential sameness enacted through their discursive practice is disclosed. What becomes clear is that ontically the enactment of progress ultimately works to limit political and ethical activity within a narrowly defined range of possibilities, thus revealing the essential conservatism of human rights discursive practice. Ontologically, progress is best understood as the temporal projection of the subjectivity of the subject onto all of existence. In this sense progress is shown to be the central temporal concept of metaphysical humanism.

Keywords:   harm reduction, human rights, progress, repetition, Russia, temporality

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