Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276411428339
Title: Secrecy and transparency: An interview with Samuel Weber
Authors: Phillips, J.W.P. 
Keywords: media
philosophy
religion
secrecy
transparency
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Citation: Phillips, J.W.P. (2011-12). Secrecy and transparency: An interview with Samuel Weber. Theory, Culture and Society 28 (7-8) : 158-172. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276411428339
Abstract: In this interview Samuel Weber proposes a rethinking of the relation of secrecy to transparency and outlines some of the forms it takes, while considering certain of its implications for current social, political and epistemological contexts. He begins by questioning the opposition itself, suggesting that we will have to learn to be more at home with the secret and that the demand for transparency must be radically rethought and complicated. He argues that the demand for absolute transparency can only promote and obscure the process by which the 'secret' is placed in the service of private appropriation. As the emotional experience of the relation between transparency and secrecy reflects the historically specific traditions that constitute the sense of self, then it is that sense that should be 'opened up to its irreducible heterogeneity'.
Source Title: Theory, Culture and Society
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124340
ISSN: 02632764
DOI: 10.1177/0263276411428339
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