The Theory Sessions, a student initiative, serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas to promote interdisciplinary research in theory at the Centre and across campus. Students and faculty present their papers and engage in spirited discussions, with contributions from interested Centre scholars as well as faculty and students from other fields and disciplines at Western. Topics have included cannibalism, camp, vaginas, anarchism, bioeconomics, and photography.
This essay draws upon a pensive limit found in the early work of Gilles Deleuze: one cannot have clear and distinct thoughts. Instead, one must make a wager or sacrifice—either one's thoughts are clear (but confused) or they are distinct (but obscure). Further, we will use Deleuze’s idea that stupidity is immanent to thought to elaborate the creative consequences for “clear-confused” thought in order to affirm what Deleuze himself was unable to—namely, to think the immanence of stupidity as capable of becoming a power in its own right. Its consequences will follow from the method of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, and the Lars Von Trier film, The Idiots.
Consider volunteering to be a respondent for any Theory Session that interests you. To respond to a paper it’s not necessary to write a paper of your own; nor do you have to be an expert in the field. All that is asked is that you be willing to raise a problem or offer a comment based on the paper that’s just been given. The speaker will provide you with a copy of the paper a week in advance. To volunteer, e‐mail Peter Schwenger or Grant Dempsey.