Subversive Itinerary: The Thought of Gad Horowitz

Edited by Shannon Bell and peter kulchyski

© 2013

Subversive Itinerary investigates the theoretical evolution of the influential political theorist Gad Horowitz, as well as the historical impact of his ideas on Canadian life and letters. Bringing together dynamic new works by both established and emerging scholars, along with three new articles by Horowitz himself, this volume examines the concepts he developed and extends his approach beyond the current historical moment.

The book includes a history of Horowitz’s engagements as a public intellectual through appraisals of his early, mid, and late-career contributions, from the sixties to the present day. Along the way, the contributors present innovative new work in Canadian political thought, continental theory, Jewish philosophy, Buddhism, and radical general semantics. Subversive Itinerary demonstrates how Horowitz’s itinerary delivers invaluable tools for understanding issues of critical importance today.

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Subversive Itinerary investigates the theoretical evolution of the influential political theorist Gad Horowitz, as well as the historical impact of his ideas on Canadian life and letters.

Subversive Itinerary: The Thought of Gad Horowitz

Edited by Shannon Bell and peter kulchyski

© 2013

Subversive Itinerary investigates the theoretical evolution of the influential political theorist Gad Horowitz, as well as the historical impact of his ideas on Canadian life and letters. Bringing together dynamic new works by both established and emerging scholars, along with three new articles by Horowitz himself, this volume examines the concepts he developed and extends his approach beyond the current historical moment.

The book includes a history of Horowitz’s engagements as a public intellectual through appraisals of his early, mid, and late-career contributions, from the sixties to the present day. Along the way, the contributors present innovative new work in Canadian political thought, continental theory, Jewish philosophy, Buddhism, and radical general semantics. Subversive Itinerary demonstrates how Horowitz’s itinerary delivers invaluable tools for understanding issues of critical importance today.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.1in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    Subversive Itinerary is as unique and fascinating as its subject, the extraordinary Gad Horowitz.  This volume provides an intrinsically interesting portrait of a perhaps inimitable intellect, and it repays repeated readings. I did not foresee how much I would enjoy it, how much it would teach me, and even how much it would move me. Its appearance will be an important Canadian intellectual event, comparable to the appearance of an anthology on such iconic Canadian intellectual figures as Harold Innis, Northrop Frye, Charles Taylor, or George Grant.”


    Douglas Long, Department of Political Science, Western University

    Subversive Itinerary is an excellent introduction to one of English Canada’s foremost thinkers. Taken together, its essays succeed at once in presenting Gad’s work, explicating and contextualizing it, engaging with it, and being engaged by it. A fascinating and enjoyable read, the volume illuminates and pushes forward the many pathways that Horowitz’s work has helped open up.”


    Andrew Wernick, Department of Cultural Studies, Trent University

    Subversive Itinerary is a major contribution to research, one that returns attention to a formative figure in Canadian political thought, here refreshed with some standout scholarship and profound meditations. It is a lovely book, lovingly constructed, and remarkably cohesive considering the diversity of approaches, perspectives, and topics included.”


    Toivo Koivukoski, Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Economics, Nipissing University
  • Author Information

    Shannon Bell is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at York University.



    peter kulchyski is a professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba.
  • Table of contents

    I. Life and Times

    1. ‘On Intellectual Life, Politics and Psychoanalysis: A Conversation with Gad Horowitz’ - Colin Campbell (Ontario College of Art and Design University)

    2.  ‘The Life and Times of Horowitz the Canadianist’ - Nelson Wiseman (University of Toronto)

    3.  ‘The Odd Couple of Canadian Intellectual History’ - Ed Andrew (University of Toronto)

    4.  ‘Between Pause and Play: Conveying the Democratic Spirit’ - Jason Rovito (York University)

    II. Fragment Theory

    5.  ‘The Political Culture of English Canada’ - Ian Angus (Simon Fraser University)

    6.  ‘Canada’s Regional Fragments’ - Nelson Wiseman (University of Toronto)

    7.  ‘Restoration, Not Renovation: A Fresh Start for Hartz-Horowitz’ - Robert Meynell (Trent University)

    III. Spirit and Power

    8.  ‘Gad Ben Rachel Ve Aharon: Parrhesiastes’ - Shannon Bell (York University)

    9.  ‘What’s involved in involution? A psycho-poetics of regression: Freud—Horowitz—Celan’ - Michael Marder (University of Basque Country in Campus de Leioa Spain)

    10.‘The Sexed Body of the Woman-(M)Other: Irigaray and Marcuse on the Intersection of Gender and Ethical Intersubjectivity’ - Victoria Tahmasebi (University of Toronto)

    11. ‘The Spark of Philosophy: Hartz-Horowitz and Theories of Religion’ - Colin Campbell (Ontario College of Art and Design University)

    IV. Political Philosophy

    12. ‘Transcendental Liberalism and the Politics of Representation: Possessive Individualism Revisited’ - Sean Saraka  (University of Ottawa)

    13.‘From the Narcissism of Small Differences to the Vertigo of Endless Possibilities: Gad Among the Levinasians’ - Oona Eisenstadt (Pomona College, California)

    14.‘Adorno and Emptiness’ - Asher Horowitz (York University)

    15.‘horowitz dances with wolves: inquiries pursuant to the thought of gad horowitz’ - peter kulchyski (University of Manitoba)

    V.  Horowitz in His Own Words

    Gad Horowitz, ‘Emmanuel, Robert’ 

    Gad Horowitz, ‘Bringing Bataille to Justice’

    Gad Horowitz, ‘An Essay on the Altruism of Nature’

    VI.  Bibliography

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