Monthly Archives: February 2012

KEZIZ! Zizek Gets It Backwards (3): Oedipus vs Aliens

We have seen that Zizek imposes an oedipal schema onto Deleuze’s “Letter To A Severe Critic” to make it conform to a structure that he can easily understand and criticise. Despite his neo-lacanian sophistication when he talks theory, Zizek’s default … Continue reading

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KEZIZ!, Zizek Gets It Backwards (2): The Immaculate Conception is not The Virgin Birth

In “Letter To A Severe Critic” Deleuze explains how he imagined his incursions into the history of philosophy as a “sort of buggery”, coming up from behind and giving a thinker a baby in his own likeness yet monstruous. A … Continue reading

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KEZIZ!, Zizek Gets It Backwards (1): Deleuze’s “buggery” quote retranslated

Deleuze’s “Letter To A Severe Critic” is one of his richest and most beautiful texts. It can be seen as a treatise on alterity, so it is only fitting that Zizek misreads it, and Deleuze’s work generally, as avoiding any … Continue reading

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Feyerabend’s Meta-Models: Homer and the Bible

Feyerabend wanted us to “regard any clear and definite arrangement with suspicion”. Thus any attempt to put a simple label on his philosophy is bound to run into difficulties thrown up by the various expositions of his ideas that show … Continue reading

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Feyerabend and Nietzsche: Mach is the Bridge

I have always wondered why Feyerabend makes very little mention of Nietzsche, when for me their philosophies are so close. Often in his treatment of Ernst Mach I discerned an unthematised Nietzschean element. So it was with great satisfaction that … Continue reading

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Is Feyerabend Post-Identitarian?

Feyerabend would “adapt himself excellently to those with whom he conversed … He accomplished this to such a point that from his correspondence one almost gets the impression that there were different people who shared the name “Feyerabend”. Lakatos is … Continue reading

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Shadow and Complexity: Homer’s Non-Platonic Virtues

Intellectuals tend to see themselves as missioned by humanity to express and articulate its knowledge, its needs and desires, and the principles on which they are based. They are thus also missioned to humanity to guide it on the right … Continue reading

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