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Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 2, Part 2) Descartes, Hobbes and Locke: towards Foundationalism and Empiricism

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 2) Introduction to Discourse Analysis, with a special reference to religio-political discourse: (Part 2)
Descartes, Hobbes and Locke: from Idealism and Essentialism to Foundationalism and Empiricism.
Russell (1946) notes that the long shadow of Plato and Aristotle was to have a deleterious effect on the development of Western [...]

Lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 2): From Socrates/Plato to Aristotle: Idealism and Essentialism in Truth-claims

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

From Socrates/Plato and Aristotle to Descartes, Hobbes and Locke: Western Philosophy and the search for grounding in knowledge-claims and language-use.
Question: How do you know that you are reading this? Let me frame the question a little wider: How do you know that you are actually reading this right now, and not sleeping in bed and [...]

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6007: Introduction to Discourse Analysis

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Welcome to the course IR 6007 ‘Introduction to Discourse Analysis with a special reference to religio-political discourse’.
Before we get into the course, allow me to highlight some of the points that were briefly discussed today:
1. What is discourse analysis and what is this course about?
Before we go any further, let me point out that discourse [...]

Final post-exam note for students of AS6011: State, Society and Politics in Malaysia

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

To all of you who managed to get to the end of the course without suffering any adverse medical side-effects, well done. Now that the exams are over, I do hope that you will take a brief pause (a brief one) and energize yourselves for the next trimester.
For the next trimester I will be doing [...]

Post-Lecture notes for students of: AS6011 State, Society and Politics in Malaysia (Week 10): 2004-2008 The Badawi Years

Friday, February 12th, 2010

To sum up our discussion in class today, let us return to the salient features and events of the Badawi years:
1. The elections of 2004: The rise and near-total dominance of UMNO and the eclipse of the opposition in Malaysia.
The elections of 2004 were, and remain, difficult to explain: It led to an overwhelming endorsement [...]

Post-Lecture notes for students of: AS6011 State, Society and Politics in Malaysia (Week 9): Crisis and Radical Contingency

Friday, February 12th, 2010

When looking at the tumultuous years between 1997-2001, we often come across the term ‘crisis’ in the writings and analyses of the event/s that took place during that short period. Two things need to be borne in mind here:
Firstly, our working operational definition of ‘crisis’ and what it is; and secondly how crisis can and [...]

Post-Lecture notes for students of AS6011: Panty-less Protest in Malaysia: Revisiting James Scott’s Thesis of Passive Resistance

Friday, February 12th, 2010

As we discussed during our coffee break yesterday, when looking at the role of the state and the hegemonic presence of the state apparatus in a country like Malaysia, it is important to note the extent to which the state is really present in all aspects of social life, and equally important to note the [...]

Additional Post-Lecture notes for students of: AS6011 State, Society and Politics in Malaysia (Week 9): 1990–1997

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Note that while the 1980s were a period when Malaysia’s economy was being re-structured to prepare the way for industrialisation, by the 1990s Malaysia’s laws had been reformed to suit the needs of international capital and investors, ensuring asset liquidity and rapid capital transfers in and out of the country. The government had also opened [...]

Can ASEAN accept its Complex Past and Present: Talk at ASEAN LOGICS conference IIUM 2 Feb 2010

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

(This is a summary of the talk I gave at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) on 2 February 2010, at the ASEAN LOGICS conference. The panel was addressing the question of Addressing the Gulf/Divide in ASEAN over Cultural, Racial and Religious Differences. Ive tried to reproduce my talk verbatim below.)
Ladies and Gentlemen, fellow [...]

Q and A for students of AS6011

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Q and A for students of AS6011:
I’ve taken the liberty of cutting and pasting some of the questions that some of you have been sending me over the past two weeks and am going to address them here as best I can in stages. Here are some of the questions that Ive received so far, [...]