Samuel Buchoul

Homo Scribens : vers une bio-graphie qui ne recherche plus rien’

Chapter of the collected volume Repenser la logique du vivant après Jacques Derrida, ed. G. De Michele et al, May 2024, Editions Hermann.

The Embarrassment of Being in the World. Discovering existence with La Grande Bellezza

Monograph (forthcoming). A contemplative study of Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza (2013), as an expression of the existential burden and hopes of today, between sensuality, spirituality and truth.

Of pebbles, springs and fates, Readers’ Break (web)

Short piece (2019) on Rilke (Letters to a Young Poet, 1929), creativity and determinism.

Love Stories, IST Blog (web)

Short piece (2017) on a passage from Derrida (Letters, 1967) and the (im)possibility of love stories.


Empty Echoes, IST Blog (web)

Short piece (2017) on a passage from Artaud, quoted by Derrida (Writing and Difference, 1967), and the dream to let the body speak.

Original mon or, Samvriti (web: FR, EN)
Forgive Our Sins (web)
Urge (web)
Springs (web)
Trance (web)

‘Writer-in-Progress’: a series of short pieces (2016) on the themes of creativity, time and agency (stream of thought).

Around Our Corner / Aux tournants des angles droits, Cahiers de la Fondation: Indialogues N°8 (FIND: web, PDF; Samvriti: EN, FR)

Short article (2015), looking at the terror attacks in Europe through the lens of ancient Hindu cosmology and time cycles.


That Blood on my Drum Set, LILA Parapluie (web: archive)

Short piece (2015) reviewing Whiplash (Damien Chazelle, 2014) and the question of the master-disciple relationship.


Charlie’s Face / Le visage de Charlie, LILA Parapluie (LILA: archive; Samvriti: EN, FR)

Short piece (2015) looking at the other side of the “I am Charlie” movement.


Ling: The G-Line of Control , LILA Inter-actions (web)
Passing Over: Beyond Fait(h) Accompli (web)
Tibet Recall: Meandering Concerns (web)
The Islamic State: Hiding in Plain Sight? (web)
The Union Budget: The Rules and the Divides (web)
Land Acquisition: Tectonic Shifts (web)
Delhi: Capital Sprawl (web)
Paanch Saal: Out of the Chrysalis of Dissent (web)
The Lankan Observer: Indefinite Vigil (web)
Fascism: (De)fences (web)
Constituting Nepal: From Cultures to Nation? (web)
Taxing Taxonomies: Governments, States & Tehsils (web)
Pravasi: Indian from the Outside (web)
Inter-actions: Dialogues in B·h·a·k·t·i (web)

Op-ed pieces (2015) written in introduction to weekly debates on current affairs and cultural issues between two specialists, as the editor of the online platform LILA Inter-actions.

De l’Infini : A Foreigner’s Metaphysics, Samvriti (web)

Essay (2014). An attempt at freeing foreignness from the sole categories of the political and the administrative, to explore its existential condition, and even, its metaphysics. A creative reading of works from Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida.

In-Finir (web)
Book I. Foreigner, There: History of a Political Capture (web)
Stories from a History (web)
I. Foreigners of the Antiquity (web)
II. The Foreigner Enters Reason (1500-1800) (web)
III. Centripetal Foreignness (1800-1920) (web)
Book II. Foreigner, Here: Existentialist Foreignness (web)
Particles of Foreignness (web)
I. On Departing (web)
II. On Being-Over-There (web)
III. Here and Now: Being a Foreigner (web)
Book III. Us, Foreigners: The Reconstruction of Foreignness (web)
Language and Reconstruction (web)
I. Hospitality: Ethics meets Culture (web)
II. Language and the Written: The Tool of Foreignness (web)
III. Philosophy: The Desire of Foreignness (web)
Book IV. Beyond The I’s: A Foreigner’s Metaphysics (web)
Metaphysics for Today (web)
I. The Space of a Foreigner (web)
II. The Time of a Foreigner (web)
III. The Knowledge of a Foreigner (web)
Opening. An Adressee’s Resolution (web)


Inflecting the Foreigner’s Discourse , Cahiers de la Fondation: Indialogues N°5 (FIND: web, PDF)

Short article (2014). A biographical and theoretical (biotheoretical ?) take on foreignness.


Beyond the Seen: Santa-Clause, LILA Inter-actions (web)
Ferguson, etc.: Attention! (web)
Burial of the Unknown: Tragedies of Toxic Leadership (web)
Records & Scratches: History Lessons from Ayodhya (web)
HIV/AIDS: Closing the Legacy (web)
Ganga Rejuvenation: Old Water in a New Bottle? (web)
Children’s Day Out: Bringing Up Parents (web)
Brave New World: Order in Place? (web)
October, 1984: Spectres of Our Past (web)
Light: Sparks and Streams (web)
Fiji: Lessons in Democratic Creativity (web)
Internet Slowdown Day: Speeding Access (web)
Gandhi: Experimenting With (web)
Ebola: Treating Viral Cultures (web)
Dividing Waters: The Valley in Distress (web)
Fortifying the Brew: The Highs and Lows of Moderation (web)
Smart City: No Man’s Methodology? (web)
Ananthamurthy: Hearing the Here (web)
Our Warring Moves: Space, Conflict, Beauty (web)
Trans-Creating the Body: Allying the Human and the Cosmic (web)
The Promise of Gaza: Outstripping Confrontation (web)
Echoes of the Queer: Blurring the Frame (web)
Season Round-Up: Refractions off the Spheres (web)
Forced Labour: Over-timed Feudalism? (web)
Crimea: The Heart of Russian Pre-Occupation (web)
Football: Beauty on the Defensive? (web)
Haiku & Ghazal: The Metaphysics of Beauty (web)
Government: Of, By, For the People? (web)
Counting on Beauty: The Quantum of Our Values (web)
Us, Sex Workers: Means for a Meaning (web)
Vital Beauty: Of Stones, Flesh and Raptures (web)
Sri Lanka Times: Nations and Narratives (web)
See Lanka Today: Trapped Between Footprints and Voices? (web)
Contemporary Media: Tuning into Mis/Trust Channels (web)
Kathputli: A Vision of Urban Reinvention (web)
Plurality: Co-Writing the Wider History (web)
Northeast India: The Internal Other? (web)
Section 377: Responding (web)
Dhasal: Beyond Words (web)
From Khap to AAP: Encountering Dissent (web)
Liu Xia: Poet Planting Signs (web)
Muzaffarnagar: A Winter in Exile (web)

Op-ed pieces (2014) written in introduction to weekly debates on current affairs and cultural issues between two specialists, as the editor of the online platform LILA Inter-actions.


Ready to Kick-Off, LILA Inter-actions (web)

Short piece (2014). A look at the political, economic and societal relevance of the 2014 Football World Cup, for France and its intellectual heritage.


Too Far from the Madding Crowd, LILA Parapluie (web: archive)

Short piece (2014). On the imperceptible importance of crowds to philosophical traditions.


Plays of the Copula/Les jeux de la copule, LILA Parapluie (LILA: archive; Samvriti: EN, FR)

Short piece (2014) reviewing Gone Girl (David Fincher, 2014) and the play-love of romance.


Beyond the Kiss/Au-delà du baiser, LILA Parapluie (LILA: archive; Samvriti: EN, FR)

Short piece (2014) responding to the ‘Kiss of Love’ protest that spread through India in 2014.


A Kid Dreams, LILA Parapluie (LILA: archive)
ISthetics, Westhetics , LILA Parapluie (LILA: archive)

Series: Metaphysics of the Islamic State. Short pieces (2014) exploring the existential and metaphysical signification of the emergence of ISIS.


Asexual, LILA Parapluie (web: archive)

Short piece (2014) reviewing Nymphomaniac (Lars von Trier, 2013), and the becoming-asexual of sex.


Direction-Free, LILA Parapluie (web: archive)

Short piece (2014) reviewing the art project Tokyo Reverse (Simon Bouisson et Ludovic Zuili, 2014), and the experience of temporal multi-directionality.


Out of the Circle: Kentron, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2014) in response to What is nature? Culture, politics, and the non-human (Kate Soper, 1998), contesting the supposed inescapability from ethnocentrism of traditions of Western philosophy such as post-structuralism.


Ethical Adventures of an Evolutionary Theorist, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2014) in response to Philosophy of Biology (Elliott Sober, 2000), discussing the remaining gap between sociobiology and cultural studies.

Articles
The Non-Self of Girard, Contagion: A Journal of Religion and Culture, 20 (PDF, web)

Article (2013). An attempt at connecting René Girard’s mimetic theory with Buddhist metaphysics and psychology.

Girard and Philosophy (web)
I. Non-Self: From Anatta to Samvriti (web)
II. Is Anatta behind the Mimetic Theory? (web)
Towards a Girardian Ethics (web)


After Anatta : Towards a Girardian Ethics, Samvriti (web)

Follow-up article (2013) to “The Non-Self of Girard”. Can this theoretical encounter help formulating a ‘Girardian ethics’?.

After Anatta : Towards a Girardian Ethics (web)
I. The Mimetico-Buddhist Connection (web)
II. Questioning the Supremacy of Reason (web)
III. Mimetic Ethics, Ethics Embodied (web)
III.1 Girard’s Ethical Silence (web)
III.2 Non-Violence, Fundamental Ethical Principle? (web)
III.3 In Search of the Middle Path: The Ethics of Distance (web)
Bridges to Co-Responsibility (web)


Phenomenologies of Time, Samvriti (web)

Article (2013) reviewing three major conceptions of temporality within the phenomenological tradition.

Opening the Phenomenon of Time (web)
I. Husserl: Remembrance of Things Past (web)
II. Heidegger: Springs of Time Within (web)
III. Levinas: Otherwise, Time (web)
On the Dialogues of Philosophy and Science (web)


Behind the Glim, Samvriti (web)

Article (2013). An attempt, through the lens of some recent hypotheses in Indian historiography, to interrogate the Western conception of historical periods, as inherited from the Enlightenment.

Beams and Dims (web)
I. Blinding Lights: For the Love of Frames (web)
II. Of ‘Lightless’ Enlightenments: Is India’s Modernity in the Dark? (web)
On the Cohabitations of Exclusive Histories (web)


Levinas: For the Feminine Other, Samvriti (web)

Article (2013). A review of various critical feminist and queer perspectives on Emmanuel Levinas’ thought.

Introduction. Levinas: For the Feminine Other (web)
I. Levinas, The Patriarch (web)
II. Levinas, Benevolent Father? (web)
III. Levinas, Exploding Genders and Sexualities? (web)
A Taste for the Other (web)


Herodotus, First Orientalist ?, Samvriti (web)

Article (2013). How far back in time can we trace Orientalism? Can it go beyond the period of colonisation? What would that mean if we find it already back in Ancient Greece?

Introduction. Herodotus, First Orientalist? (web)
I. Orientalism
I.1 Orientalism: The Theory (web)
I.2 Orientalism: Influences (web)
I.3 Orientalism: Resistances (web)
II. The First Orientalist?
II.1 Ancient Greece and the Barbaros (web)
II.2 An account of Egypt
II.2.1 Where is the Orientalist Hiding? (web)
II.2.2 On the Neutrality of the Historian (web)
II.2.3 Herodotus, or the Contagion of Foreignness (web)
Becoming Foreigner (web)


Two Frenchmen in the Orient, Samvriti (web)

Article (2013). 1850. 2010. Flaubert in Egypt. Myself in India. Two Frenchmen in the Orient.

Introduction. Two Frenchmen in the Orient (web)
I. The Writing Traveler (web)
II. Imagining the Locals (web)
III. On the Aesthetics of Despair (web)
IV. French Romantic


An Ethics of Love, Samvriti (web)

Article (2013). A meditation on Levinas’ encounter of the Other, when this Other is the loved one.

Epigraph. An Ethics of Love (web)
I. Love and the Point de Fuite
I.1 Others the the Loved Other (web)
I.2 The Escape (web)
I.3 Epistemological Escape (web)
I.4 Ontological Escape (web)
II. Love and Time (web)
III. Separation, Death and Remaining the Other (web)
An Ethics of Love. Overture (web)
An Ethics of Love. Annex (Graduate Seminar) (web)


Justifying Corruption, Samvriti (web)

Article (2013). If corruption is so prevalent around us and across history, there must be ways to justify it. A few theoretical propositions stemming out of three recent investigations from The Caravan Magazine.

Introduction. Justifying Corruption (web)
I. The Socio-Capitalist Cocktail (web)
II. Bureaucracy and the Race for Information (web)
III. The Competition of Pluralities (web)
Necessities and Structures of Corruption (web)


The Language of Foreignness, Samvriti (web)

Article (2013). What does it mean to speak like a foreigner? What is unique to the foreigner’s language?

Introduction. The Language of Foreignness (web)
I. Theoretical Tools
I.1 Defining the Foreigner: Existential Migration (web)
I.2. Methods of Analysis: Late and Post-Phenomenology
I.2.1 Heidegger: The Unheimlich (web)
I.2.2 Merleau-Ponty: Parole and Pensée (web)
I.2.3 Derrida: The Supplement (web)
II. The Language of Foreignness
II.1 The Humor of a Foreigner (web)
II.2 Writing in a Foreign Language (web)
II.3 When Foreign Becomes Home (web)
II.4 On the Ethics of Not Understanding (web)
Language, Foreignness and Philosophy (web)

Short pieces
At the edge of God: Leibniz, Samvriti (web)
Nietzsche Hide-and-Seek: A Play with Science (web)
Heidegger and Science: Questioning the Question (web)
Science and interpretation: Girard and the Scientific Discourse (web)

A series of short articles (2013) on the encounter of singular philosophical figures with the methods and aims of the sciences.


From Myth to Philosophy, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013) in response to Myth and Thought among the Greeks (Vernant, 1965), on the passage from myth to philosophy in Ancient Greece.


Greek Religion: Miasma in the Polis, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013) on the political function of religion and the needs for ‘purification’ in Ancient Greece.


Tragedies of Imprudence, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013) in response to Death and the King’s Horseman (Soyinka, 2002), and the centrality of imprudence in tragedies.


The Poetic Fulfillment, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013) in response to “Four Quartets” (T.S. Eliot, 1941), discussing the expression of temporal experience through language.


Lifelines and Ashes of Beauty, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013). A linear reading of “Ode on a Grecian Urn” (Keats, 1819).


The Order of Madness, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013), reviewing “Cogito and the History of Madness” (Derrida, 1967), and the debate that ensued with Foucault.


The Reluctance to Talk of the Self: A Literary Device?, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013) in response to The Concealed Art of the Soul: Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology (Ganeri, 2007), and the spiritual and epistemological strategy of denying one’s ego.


Genealogy of a Temptation, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013) discussing the reading of VD Savarkar’s national vision through the critique of Ashis Nandy.


Postcolonial Guilt, or the Evening out of Equality, Samvriti (web)

Short article (2013) in response to Disgrace (Coetzee, 2000), and the question of ethics in postcolonial societies.


Dalit Self-Affirmation, Samvriti (web)

Short article (2013) in response to Caste, Colonialism and Counter-modernity (Ganguly, 2005), on the question of collective self-definition in mutually interdependent sociocultural orders.


Humor and Historical Writing, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013) in response to Textures of Time: Writing History in South India 1600-1800 (Narayana Rao, Shulman, Subrahmanyam, 2001), and the role of political resistance observed in local history writing during colonisation.


Kumararamuni Katha & Girard, Samvriti (web)

Short article (2013) attempting an analysis of the undated Telugu myth of Kumararamuni Katha, through the anthropological theory of myth-making by René Girard.


A Coup of Languages, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013) in response to The language of the gods in the world of men (Pollock, 2009), on the relation of languages and political powers in medieval India.


Ayurveda and the Structuralist Beef, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013) in response to to The jungle and the aroma of meats: an ecological theme in Hindu medicine (Zimmermann, 1999), and the limitations of structuralist frames of analyses on complex cultural constructions.


Health and Philosophy, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2013) on the similarities between the philosopher and the madman.

Articles
A Girardian Reading of Pornography

Article (2012). An attempt at applying several key ideas from Girard’s psychology and anthropology to the thorny field of pornography.

Introduction
I. Pornography Today
II. “I see, therefore I come”: Pornography as Mimetic Desire
III. Pornography as Sacrificial Reminiscence
III.1 Public Sex in the Original Sacrifice
III.2 Ritualizing the Rape: the Everydayness of the Pornographic Ritual
III.3 The Mythical Dissimulation of Pornography
IV. Pornography in a Non-Sacrificial Modernity
Conclusion: On the idea of an ‘Ethical Pornography’


Reason and the Senses: A Dialogue Between Buddhism and Christianity, Samvriti (web)

Article (2012). Differences and commonalities between Christianity and Buddhism, from reason to the senses.

An Encounter: Buddhism and Christianity (web)
I. Authorities: A Continued Dependency (web)
II. Metaphysics: The Clash of Reasons (web)
III. Sexuality: (Avoiding) the Repression of the Senses (web)
IV. Joining Reason and the Senses: the Mystics (web)
A Dialogue: Inside, Outside (web)

Short pieces
The Author Function, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2012) reviewing “What is an Author?” (Foucault, 1969).


Muray’s Poetic Imagination, Samvriti (web)

Original English translation (2012) of “Tomb for an innocent tourist” (2010), and an analysis of the place of imagination in Philippe Muray’s poetry.


The Art of Cacolfacty, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2012) reviewing Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Tykwer, 2006).


Is Buddhism a Philosophy?, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2012) analysing the similarities and differences of the Buddhist approach with philosophy.


How to re-appropriate historical conjunctures, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2012) in response to Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, nation and the transition to independence (Gopal, 2005), on the tensions between avant-garde literature and the Left parties, during the struggle for independence.


Khushia, or the Hesitant Gaze, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2012) in response to Priyamvada Gopal’s analysis of the poem “Khushia” by Saadat Hasan Manto, and the political power of the senses.


The Double Dislocation, Samvriti (web)

Short piece (2012) in response to The Other Side of Silence : Voices from the Partition of India (Butalia, 1998), and the destiny of women during the Indian Partition.

The Symbols of Early Buddhist Art, Samvriti (web)

Short article (2011) presenting key aspects and debates surrounding symbolism in Early Buddhist Art.


On Sarvastivada, Samvriti (web)

Short article (2011) presenting the Sarvastivada school of Hinayana Buddhism.


Buddhist Sanskrit: Hybrid?, Samvriti (web)

Short article (2011) presenting philological debates on the nature of the Buddhist Sanskrit language found in some Buddhist texts.


Trilaksana, Samvriti (web)

Short article (2011) presenting the Three Characteristics of Existence according to Buddhism.