The contemporary relevance of Gillian Rose's The Broken Middle

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Philosopher Gillian Rose is considered to have operated at the very ‘highest plane of abstraction’, yet she was deeply critical of theoretical inscrutability. Significantly, she believed that post-structuralism’s efforts to disrupt metaphysics had the obverse affect/effect of sustaining structural antinomies, turning dialectics into a nihilist enterprise. Her ideas are highly relevant in a political present where left and right are locked in an antinomic deadlock that blocks access to justice, reason and ethics. This paper argues that Rose’s concept of the ‘broken middle’ provides a means by which to navigate untenable positions that stifle reasoning and the very possibility of ethics and justice. ​
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 08 Dec 2019
EventEighth Annual Historical Materialism Australia Conference - Victorian Trades Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 07 Dec 201908 Dec 2019 (Call for papers) (Conference program) (Conference website)


ConferenceEighth Annual Historical Materialism Australia Conference
Abbreviated titleNo Middle Ground: From Flickers of Hope to Flames of Resistance
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