Bite Size Theory: Great American City

“What matters is not whether a theoretical approach is old or new (or what “school” it belongs to) but whether it is productive for the question at hand.”

Robert Sampson, 2012, Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighbourhood Effect, University of Chicago Press.


Bite Size Theory: Sense and Sensibilia

“It should be quite clear, then, that there are no criteria to be laid down in general for distinguishing the real from the not real. How this is to be done must depend on what it is with respect to which the problem arises in particular cases.”

J.L. Austin, 1962, Sense and Sensibilia, Oxford University Press.

Bite Size Theory: Genealogy as Critique

“It turns out that we live in a world in which it is indeed quite easy to recognize the contingency of the self. But it is quite another thing, and a very difficult one at that, to engage in the loving labor of reworking the contingencies that we have become.”

Colin Koopman, 2013, Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity, Indiana University Press.

Bite Size Theory: The One by Whom Scandal Comes

“What characterizes human conflict is not the loss of reciprocity but the transition, imperceptible at first but then ever more rapid, from good to bad reciprocity”.

René Girard, 2014, The One by Whom Scandal Comes, Michigan State University Press.