Monthly Archives: December 2011

(4) Parikka’s Parry: Self-Reflexive Empiricism

Can we be open to and informed by the sciences without turning them into an untouchable transcendental authority? Jussi Parikka thinks that this is possible if we do not let ourselves be intimidated by epistemological reductionism, however skilfully camouflaged. Parikka’s … Continue reading

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(3) On The Need For Counter-Histories: Pluralise The Temporalities

Is Quentin Meillassoux a good guide to the history of philosophy? Meillassoux seems to think that Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy is under the sway of what he calls “correlationism”. The object oriented philosophers love to cite this model because it … Continue reading

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(2) A Plea For More Careful Vocabularies: Against Ontological Grandiloquence

In a first post on the issues raised by Parikka concerning the pretentions of object-oriented ontology I expounded his worries concerning its false unification behind shared transcendent terminologies. Naxos, coming from a totlly different direction, was seen to advance the … Continue reading

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(1) Terminology Obfuscates Incommensurability: On semantic stipulation as a way of escaping from criticism

Can the individual member just stipulate his way out of an objection that is addressed to his heterogeneous group? Jussi Parikka has published a very interesting post on object oriented philosophy. He raises several questions but the answers are either … Continue reading

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Post-Spinoza? or Prolonged Immanence

In a recent post I argued that appeals to immanence cannot be reconciled with an epstemologically naïve submission to the authority of science. I was inspired by a post of Levi Bryant on Spinoza here and by two posts of … Continue reading

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Jung: Thinker of Immanence

Immanence for James Hillman is the element where psychological creativity can develop: “Where spirit lifts, aiming for detachment and transcendence, concern with soul immerses us in immanence” (THE MYTH OF ANALYSIS, p27) This espousal of immanence has led Hillman to … Continue reading

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Spinoza’s Eliminativism: Immanence vs God (or Nature)

Is a pluralist or an epistemological anarchist reading of Spinoza possible? Feyerabend criticises Spinoza for his epistemological and ontological arrogance in situating other human beings at a lower level of existence. The very privileging of conceptual understanding over the imagination, … Continue reading

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