Distinguished Harvard Professor Joins our Faculty

Professor Jackson

Professor Jackson

Distinguished Professor at Harvard University, Dr. Michael Jackson says: “This Global Center for Advanced Studies is what many of us, languishing in established academic institutions, have dreamed of for many years. I will seize the opportunity to show how the intellectual life can be engaged in the life of the world, how scholarship can escape the sclerotic and alienated language it passes off as edifying, and how critical thought can develop new forms of writing that speak to those outside of the academy and to those inside it who have been waiting, like pupae, for spring.”

Professor Jackson will teach a seminar with us in May.   If you would like to reserve a seat in the seminar please contact my assistant.   Details forthcoming.  

Here’s what Wikipedia says about Professor Jackson.

Michael D. Jackson (born 1940) is a New Zealand poet and anthropologist who has taught in anthropology departments at Massey University, the Australian National UniversityIndiana University Bloomington, and the University of Copenhagen. He is currently distinguished professor of world religions at Harvard Divinity School.

Jackson is the founder of existential anthropology, a non-traditional sub-field of anthropology using ethnographic methods and drawing on continental traditions of phenomenology, existentialism, and critical theory, as well as American pragmatism, in exploring the human condition from the perspectives of both lifeworlds and worldviews, histories and biographies, collective representations and individual realities. The struggle for being involves a struggle to reconcile shared and singular experiences, acting and being acted upon, being for others and being for oneself. But rather than polarize subject and object, Jackson emphasizes the intersubjective negotiations at the heart of all relationships – whether between persons, persons and things, persons and language – and shows that being-in-the-world consists of endless dilemmas and constant oscillations in consciousness that admit of only temporary, imagined, narrative or ritualized resolutions. Insofar as anthropological understanding is attained through conversations and events in which the ethnographer’s prejudices, ontological assumptions, and emotional dispositions are at play, the ethnographer cannot pretend to be an impartial observer, producing objective knowledge. Jackson’s published work fully discloses the contexts in which understandings are negotiated, arrived at, or, in some instances, unattainable.[1]

Jackson’s recent books have explored diverse topics such as well-being in one of the world’s poorest societies (Life Within Limits), the relation between religious experience and limit situations (The Palm at the End of the Mind), the interplay between egocentric and sociocentric modes of being (Between One and One Another), and writing as a technology for creating connections that transcend the limits of ordinary communication (The Other Shore).


Introducing The Global Center for Advanced Studies

Fight for freedom in Education

Fight for freedom in Education

Along with a former professor of Harvard University, Dr. Patrick Provost-Smith, I have co-founded a new graduate school.  This new school was created to overcome the impending crisis of in higher education dominated and determined by the corporate takeover of the academy.  We have assembled the best faculty in the world and have already partnered with many institutions of higher education around the world committed to fight for free thinking, non-corporate research, and creative expression for both the faculty and the students.   You can find more information on The Global Center for Advanced Studies‘ BLOG and our Facebook page.  We are not only meeting the demands for the best graduate and post-graduate education in philosophy, theory, film, music, architecture, art & art history, media & communications, and literature, but doing so by giving our members the freedom to create new possibilities for humanity, for the planet and our common future.

Join with us in fighting back against the tyranny of administrators, lawyers, and corporate interests that have commodified the learning process by turning students into commodities and pandered to the interest of the wealthy elites while failing to commit the educational process to the basic principles of community, justice, and the relentless pursuit of truth.

Vattimo & Zabala on the New Graduate School

Vattimo and Zabala

Vattimo and Zabala

“In an age where schools, colleges, and universities are framed, that is, controlled by the dominant corporate paradigm, independent graduate schools have become necessary to defend thought’s freedom, strength and creativity. This new graduate school is not simply another institution where students can obtain MA and PhD’s under the guidance of distinguished academics and thinkers from all over the world, but also where these same intellectuals can teach independently of those cultural frames they contributed to overcome. As ‘hermeneutic communist,’ or better, anarchic interpreters striving to change the world, we are honored to be part of its faculty.”

Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala

A New Graduate School

A new day is coming, and very soon in which we are risking a pedagogy of thinking, of poetry, of love which is not conditioned on treating students as commodities–and thus reducing thinking itself to a pointless corporate exercise, that only ever reproduces itself.

Our new pedagogy unites thinking and action that believes thinking cannot be sequestered by a corporate culture, but is an act of freedom itself. Our model is unlike anything the world has seen, and we are risking this for the sake of an idea, of poetry, of love above all.

Our new Graduate School in Critical Theory will be going public in a few days in which we are offering an MA/PhD featuring a faculty that is capable of making this pedagogical revolution a reality.  Our faculty includes:

Alain Badiou
Daniel Barber
Agata Bielik-Robson
Ward Blanton
Bruno Bosteels
Arianna Bove
Rosi Braidotti
Drew Burk
Erik Bullot
Rex Butler
Ania Chromik
Joan Copjec
Simon Critchley
Clayton Crockett
Creston Davis
Farhang Erfani
Bracha L. Ettinger
Rocco Gangle
Mike Grimshaw
Dave Hale
Adrian Johnston
Athina Karatzogianni
Catherine Keller
Katerina Kolozova
François Laruelle
Paul Livingston
Catherine Malabou
Jeff Malpas
John Milbank
Tracy K. McNulty
Antonio Negri
Dorothea Olkowski
Michael O’Rourke
Marcus Pound
Patrick Provost-Smith
Joshua Ramey
Carl Raschke
Kenneth Reinhard
Jeffrey W. Robbins
Laurie Rodrigues
Mary-Jane Rubenstein
Kenneth Surin
Victor Taylor
Tzuchien Tho
Peter Thompson
Noelle Vahanian
Gianni Vattimo
Hent de Vries
Janell Watson
Rachel K. Ward
Margaret Young
Santiago Zabala
Slavoj Zizek


Adventurer, Beau Miles

Adventurer, Beau Miles

Two Adventurers Collaborate on a Book about the Spirit of Adventure

Renowned adventurer and film maker, Australian Beau Miles and I will are working on a forthcoming book project that will feature the world’s most extreme adventurers.  The book’s focus will examine the recent trends that have pushed the limits of what the human can do from ultra-running, Ironman competitions, proximity flying, extreme snowboarding, to kayaking, sailing, and space-free-falling.  Our aim is to explore what motivates people to go to the extreme limits of human capacity in hopes of better understanding the basic questions of life, learning, and collective and individual experiences.


Lecture by Renowned Philosopher, Santiago Zabala at the New School (NYC)

Philosophy Workshop-Santiago Zabala-Being at Large:The Only Emergency is the Lack of Emergency

April 4, 2013 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The goal of my brief presentation is to point out why the event of
Being is an opportunity, rather than a threat, and how hermeneutic
ontology is a transformative thought interested in both welcoming and
generating events. If events have become an issue in contemporary
philosophy it is not because of their ontological status but rather
their potentiality to shake our current condition, that is, to
transform the so called “emergency” we live in. This emergency is both
philosophical and political given the strong support realist
metaphysical positions continue to receive from our conservative
democratic institutions. If such so-called realist analytical
philosophers as John Searle and Barry Smith are awarded and funded
excessively, it is not because their positions are “truer” than, for
example, the critical theory of Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor,
but because they provide a stronger refuge from the shocks and
disruptions of events.

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the
University of Barcelona. His books include The Hermeneutic Nature of
Analytic Philosophy (2008), The Remains of Being (2009), and, most
recently, Hermeneutic Communism (2011, coauthored with G. Vattimo),
all published by Columbia University Press.


6 E 16 St Room D1103

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served


Clayton Crockett’s New Book–Deleuze Beyond Badiou

Columbia University Press is pleased to announce the publication of Deleuze Beyond Badiou: Ontology, Multiplicity, and Event by Clayton Crockett.

§       Provides a new interpretation of the philosophical rivalry between two key 20th Century French thinkers, Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou.
§       Explains in a student friendly writing style the works of two thinkers famous for their difficult and inaccessible prose.
§       Crockett introduces the work of Catherine Malabou and his background in political theology to bring new dimensions to Deleuze and Badiou’s work.

“Remarkably illuminating. That Crockett is able to make so crystal clear some of Deleuze’s contested concepts is the result of years of patient labor over the philosopher’s writings.”
-Ward Blanton, University of Glasgow

“This is an interdisciplinary text of rare ability and power that takes the reader into not only a deeply considered discussion of two crucial thinkers but also carefully and skillfully explains the limits and possibilities in discussion.”
-Mike Grimshaw, University of Canterbury

First published in 1997, Alain Badiou’s Deleuze: The Clamor of Being cast Gilles Deleuze as a secret philosopher of the One. In this work, Clayton Crockett rehabilitates Deleuze’s position within contemporary political and philosophical thought, advancing an original reading of the thinker’s major works and a constructive conception of his philosophical ontology. Through close readings of Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition, Capitalism and Schizophrenia (with Felix Guattari), and Cinema 2, Crockett argues that Deleuze is anything but the austere, quietistic, and aristocratic intellectual Badiou had portrayed. Instead, Crockett underscores Deleuze’s radical aesthetics and innovative scientific, political, and mathematical forms of thought. He also refutes the notion Deleuze retreated from politics toward the end of his life. Using Badiou’s critique as a foil, Crockett maintains the profound continuity of Deleuze’s work and builds a general interpretation of his more obscure formulations.

Clayton Crockett is associate professor and director of religious studies at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of several books, including Radical Political Theology: Religion and Politics After Liberalism and coeditor, with Slavoj Zizek and Creston Davis, of Hegel and the Infinite: Religion, Politics, and Dialectic.

Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture
Slavoj Zizek, Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis, and Jeffrey Robbins

To read an excerpt, view the table of contents, or find out more about this work go to:

If you would like a review copy, please hit reply or e-mail mh2306@columbia.edu your mailing address.–