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Gabriel Salvi Philipson

Gabriel Salvi Philipson is currently a PhD candidate in Literary Theory at University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and in Romanistik at Freie Universität Berlin. His doctoral research is funded by Fapesp (2017/27004-7), Capes and DAAD. He holds a master’s degree in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of São Paulo (USP, 2017), and received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the same institution (2013). His publications include: “Emplasto sísmico?” (2020), “Fazer parênt(es)es ou esperas: os gestos de Flusser” (2019), “Frear a locomotiva da história é uma ação contra o programa do aparato: notas sobre a crítica da técnica em Benjamin e Flusser” (2019), “A crise do ensino filosófico de J. Derrida” (2019), “Filosofia, literatura e teoria literária: diálogos universitários e institucionais” (2017), “Um circunvolver da noção de nada” (2016). He works also as a translator. His translations include: Byung-Chul Han’s A salvação do belo (2019), Hiperculturalidade: cultura e globalização (2019), O que é poder? (2019), Klaus Vieweg’s O pensamento da liberdade: Linhas fundamentais da filosofia do direito de Hegel (2019) and Vilém Flusser’s “Cidades Brasileiras (selecionadas)” (2017).

Articles of Gabriel Salvi Philipson

Seismic Cyst: Vilém Flusser’s Journalistic Philosophical Quasi-Poetry and Oswald de Andrade’s Telefonemas in the Corpus of Brazilian Philosophy

This paper relates Vilém Flusser's and Oswald de Andrade's philosophical approaches by examining and comparing Flusser's quasi-poetical way of writing philosophy in newspapers articles of the 1960s with de Andrade's Telefonema, newspapers articles of the 1940s and 1950s. It is analyzed their supposedly minor texts, setting the principle that the manifestos and the large theoretical novels that both composed could be present as a horizon of analysis. If it was to work with minor authors within a minor philosophy, it would be necessary to go even more to the micro. The purpose was to follow the fleeting traces of their literary-philosophical machines and their (dis)articulation with (neo)colonial powers. The assumption is that there is a similarity in the way they deal with the question of otherness, which is manifest in the approach that they do towards philosophy, literature and journalistic activity. They not only share several criticism and frustrations about the philosophical program that was intended to be established in Brazil but are also to be seen as exploring the boundaries between thought and literature, announcing and expecting philosophies to come.

Seismic (PDF 542.62 KB)

Flusser para além do ensaio: de outros modos possíveis de habitar a intersecção entre ficção e filosofia

In this paper, I analyze philosophical, rhetorical, and fictional strategies of some of Flusser’s texts in Ficções filosóficas [Philosophical Fictions] (1999), aiming to discuss how Flusser confronted the intersection between fiction and philosophy. I argue that Flusser is very aware of issues of form and style of philosophical texts and I emphasize Flusser’s powerful particularities in this matter. On the one hand, Flusser’s unorthodoxies — constant alteration of points of views, (auto)irony, sarcasm, acting against the apparatus, etc. — are used as strategies of thought and criticism, in contrast with the more technical philosophical practice institutionalized in Brazilian Universities, which occurred simultaneously with the publication of some of Flusser’s texts. These academic philosophers sacrificed literature in the name of a newborn and very European philosophical community established in São Paulo. They were against the ancient, pompous, and elitist style of conceptual writing, but also opposed to other forms of conceptual knowledge, such as Eastern or indigenous philosophy. On the other hand, the particularities of Flusser’s writing distinguish him from other already classical and contemporary ways of understanding what an essay is, for instance, in Theodor Adorno, who does not disrupt the contraposition between subject and object, theory and art. This distinction demands a reconsideration of philosophical styles beyond the essay that inhabit the intersection between fiction and philosophy.

Para além do ensaio (PDF 212.5 KB)

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