Archives mensuelles : novembre 2011

TWILIGHT OF AN IDOL (2): Fluidity vs Fidelity

Thanks to this book I renewed contact with the inspiration that Deleuze and Guattari’s ANTI-OEDIPUS transmitted to me a long time ago. I was working on pluralist epistemology in a philosophy department specialised in continental philosophy. The dominant paradigm was … Lire la suite

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ONFRAY’S FREUD, TWILIGHT OF AN IDOL (1): Obscurantism vs Pop-philosophy

Michel Onfray published a devastating critique of Freud last year: LE CREPUSCULE D’UNE IDOLE, l’affabulation freudienne (Twilight of an Idol, Freud’s fabulation) It was an immediate best-seller, but the vast majority of reviews that appeared were negative: dogmatic, condescending, ad … Lire la suite

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Tribune of the Plebs

Fifth and last part of the interview of Jean Cornil with Michel Onfray: We must contrast libertarian socialism both with marxism and with social-democracy. 1)Contrary to the marxist communist hypothesis, a different libertarian hypothesis, based on immanent principles: anti-dogmatic, anti-authoritarian, … Lire la suite

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Onfray 4: Camus, Immanent Libertarian

Fourth part of the interview of Jean Cornil with Michel Onfray: Cornil: How can Camus help us think this resistance? Onfray: There is a dominant historiography in philosophy, it is idealist. But there is also another historiography that imposes its … Lire la suite

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Mythical Enlightenment

1) The historical Enlightenment, like any historical sequence, is a mixed phenomenon. It questioned the notion of divine transcendence, at least on its “radical” side. But the timid Enlightenment, of which Voltaire and Rousseau are exemplars, was deist and so … Lire la suite

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Immanent Myth

What is the relation between myth and reason? Are they mutually exclusive, as some accounts of the birth of philosophy in the exodus from and interruption of mythology would have us believe? Levi Bryant has recently published two posts (here … Lire la suite

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THE EXEGESIS by Philip K Dick

Just received from Amazon: « One day the contents of my mind moved faster and faster until they ceased being concepts and became percepts »

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Myth and Enlightenment

In my last post I commented on Levi Bryant and Michel Onfray’s idea that Enlightenment is immanence. I was surprised to see that Levi linked this sophisticated version of a pro-enlightenment stance (which is based on the refusal of transcendent … Lire la suite

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Onfray and Shining: Turn up the Lights

“Turn up the Lights” exclaims Michel Onfray in his book on the enlightenment: “Les Ultras des Lumières”. He shows that the enlightenment contained many figures that were not very radical despite their rhetoric. He points out that many enlightenment figures … Lire la suite

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Onfray 3: Resistance

Third part of the interview of Jean Cornil with Michel Onfray: Onfray distinguishes liberalism and capitalism and outlines thhe idea of a capitalism without the hegemony of the market in all domains. Michel Onfray:The grand political task today is to … Lire la suite

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