Judith Butler, philosopher and author, talking about Kafka's parables and paradoxes. In this lecture, Judith Butler discusses the relationship between parable and reality, the philosophy of departure and arrival, the breakdown of language and the promiscuity of the "here" and "now" in relationship to Franz Kafka, Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Immanuel Kant, Jacques Derrida, Hannah Arendt, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Michel Foucault focusing on das Ziel, destination, indeterminacy, Ungeheures, monstrosity, the uncanny, a priori, transcendentalism, the messianic, theology, time and space. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2011. Judith Butler.