Mauro di Lullo (PhD student)

Personal Profile

On 19th June 2008 I was awarded of a Bachelor of Law by Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

On 3rd July 2009, I was awarded of an Honours Degree in Law by Strathclyde University in Glasgow (2:1).

On the 30th November 2010 I was awarded of an MRes from Glasgow University.

On the 1st September 2012 I started a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Stirling.  My supervisors are: Dr Andrew Hass and Prof. Bill Marshall.

My Work

My work is about freedom, ethics and the idea of the sacred in Blanchot.  In my thesis I will offer a defense of Maurice Blanchot’s conception of freedom. In this defense I will question whether freedom should be considered exclusively as human freedom. I will argue that there is an ethical and sacred dimension to his conception of freedom: its political significance will be explored in my quest for a New International. By going beyond the human (in a process of overcoming metaphysics of subjectivity), Maurice Blanchot designs an absolute, unconditioned and unconditional ethical concern for the other beyond narrow and contracted conceptions of subjectivity and existence.

This will set my readings within an interpretation and analysis of Blanchot’s inner relation with the Surrealist movement through the works of Georges Bataille and Andre Breton. There are numerous important parallels in thought and action between Blanchot’s 1967 account of Surrealism and what he would write barely a year later, as a member of the Comité étudiants-écrivains in the midst of the revolutionary fervour of May 1968. Here and there, theauthentic question to be addressed was the same: ‘how to be several (être à plusieurs), not in order to achieve something, but with no other reason than to make plurality exist by giving it new meaning’. The political, ethical and sacred significance of Surrealism, its aim to achieve an absolute and authentic freedom through art and language, the potential it may give us in art, politics and religion for recognising a completely different model of the positive relating of present to future, a specifically non-utopianist experience of the present as a place of possibility, its inner influence on Blanchot’s post-war thinking, will be all examined and assessed in my work.

Sixteen years after the Events of 1968, replying to Jean-Luc Nancy’s unconvinced reading of Georges  Bataille’s surrealist  pre-war politics, Blanchot would pursue this constant thinking of what he still thought remained and (still remains)  essential to call  as ‘the demand of communism’ (l’exigence communiste): a religion beyond religion.

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