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I’m currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago. The main focus of my work is in Russian history, but I’m also interested in Central European history, Jewish studies, philosophy, and Marxism.

The philosophers I’m most familiar with are Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant, the minor German Idealists (Fichte, Schelling, Schopenhauer), Hegel, and Nietzsche. I’ve read quite a bit of Heidegger as well, but have come to the conclusion that while he’s no doubt brilliant as a thinker, his fundamental ontology is fascist through and through. In addition to these figures from philosophy, I’m also deeply influenced by Marxist social theory. The authors I’ve primarily worked with from this tradition are Marx, Lenin, Luxemburg, Trotskii, Lukács, Benjamin, Adorno (and the rest of the Frankfurt School), and Žižek.

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«РАСПАД города» (Бруно Таут)/“The DISINTEGRATION of the City”/Die Auflösung der Städte (Bruno Taut)

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 6:28pm 0 Comments

Bruno Taut’s article “RASPAD goroda” (“The DISINTEGRATION of the City”) was published by the Constructivist journal Modern Architecture in early 1930, just as the debate over the future of socialist resettlement of the USSR was getting underway.  In this article, he states his position vis-à-vis the major Soviet theorists of the city who had thus far thrown their hats into the ring: Leonid Sabsovich, Mikhail Okhitovich, Aleksandr Zelenko, and Aleksandr…


Anti-Constructivism in the Soviet Avant-Garde: Nikolai Dokuchaev and ASNOVA

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 4:56pm 0 Comments


Not all of the early Soviet architectural avant-garde was “Constructivist,” strictly speaking.  Though this was the title often generically ascribed to all modernist architecture coming out of Russia, only those pieces produced by the architectural group OSA can be considered constructivist.  OSA’s self-proclaimed position was that of constructivism, which was founded on the principle of the “functional method”…


The Transformation of Utopia under Capitalist Modernity

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 9:37am 0 Comments

Utopianism has always involved the imagination of a better world, a perfected society set against the imperfect society of the present.  Whether as an object of speculative philosophical reflection, a practical program for social transformation, or an idle daydream, utopia has always evinced the hope that reality might be made ideal.

Underneath this general rubric, however, “utopia” can be seen to signify several related but distinct things.  The term is…


Notes for "Man and Nature"

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 12:55am 0 Comments


[1] Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von.  “To Nature.”  From The Metamorphosis of Plants and Tobler’s Ode to Nature.  Translated by Agnes Arber.  (Chronica Botanica: 1946).  Pg. 123.…


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