Archives mensuelles : janvier 2012

« Sometimes The Context Is Completely Silly »: Feyerabend on Schroedinger

Sometimes it is advisable to avoid an exchange as the context forbids any real thinking and we are faced with just sad old ego talk: no real communication, no openness, caricatural binary oppositions, hectoring and bullying, oversimplification, aggressive declarations and … Lire la suite

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Epistemology of Countermining (2): The Subject Supposed To Know Doesn’t (not always)

Linguistics is an empirical science and can no longer rely on intuition, although this may be a helpful source of data. When a question about the world comes up, it can be a mistake to just consult one’s intuitions, even … Lire la suite

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Epistemology of Countermining (1): Occurrences Speak Louder Than Intuitions

In a previous post I gave several examples of the occurrence of the word « sous-miner » in contemporary French. These were taken from its primary field of application: the domains of construction and of topography. The word is used in speleology, … Lire la suite

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Against the Bogus Authority of Intellectuals

The extract I cited where Feyerabend talks about the arrogance of intellectuals who talk in the name of humanity can be listened to here. Deleuze has similar remarks on the indignity of speaking in another’s place. Both detest those who … Lire la suite

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THE DEMOCRACY OF LIGHT

Stories from Paolino’s Tapes: Private Recordings 1985-1993 by Paul Feyerabend I have been listening to this and find it quite moving. It is a great chance to hear Feyerabend’s voice, as he talks informally about books, film, opera, and people’s … Lire la suite

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Harman: On Bad Luck

Harman has now managed to get Meillassoux to condemn what was after all only a tentative suggestion on my part. His one argument, apart from calling my proposal « ridiculous » (this is very subjective!, could Meillassoux have a correlationist view of … Lire la suite

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Harman: On Social Luck

I had the unfortunate impulse to offer my opinion on the comparative morphological ressources of English and French in responding to a post by Harman, on the French translation of his book (L’OBJET QUADRUPLE). In this post Harman, confident as … Lire la suite

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Harman: On Linguistic Luck

Graham Harman vaunts the « lucky feature of the English language » that authorises the invention of the word « overmining » as one side of the conceptual coin whose other side is undermining. He claims that this feature is not available in French. … Lire la suite

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NOO-NAUTICS: Ben Woodard’s Pluralist Paradox of Demarcation

Ben Woodard, in a recent post on on Naught Thought, enounces an interesting paradox of demarcation. Seizing on the occasion of a recent discussion initiated by Jussi Parikka on his blog Machinology, Woodard finds buried under the muddy polemics a … Lire la suite

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