Fake subjectivities: Interpassivity from (neuro)psychologization to digitalization.
Interpassivity and (neuro)psychologization
“The theory of interpassivity has at this point presented us with an unanticipated benefit in terms of a solution to a fundamental problem of cultural theory.”
Is this not a nice thing concerning theory; that it thinks in our place, that it unexpectedly gives a solution when we ourselves are stuck? And in a further turn of the screw, as I write these comments on Robert Pfaller’s book Interpassivity. The Aesthetics of Delegated Enjoyment, I cannot but see myself caught in this dynamic of delegation and outsourcing: for, am I, myself not put to work by this theory? Am I not hired so to say by the theory to do its work (however, arguably, with no guarantee of delivering the goods)? Of course, here one gets easily confused, what, exactly is doing the thinking? Is it active or is it passive? That is to say, thinking with theory, or, outsourcing one’s thinking to theory, or, becoming oneself the tool of theory; are these not all modalities where the line between activity and passivity becomes blurred? At the very least and in this respect, Pfaller’s theory of interpassivity, allows us to reconsider anew the question of being a subject of thinking and of theory.
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