Archives mensuelles : mai 2012

FEYERABEND’S LAST INTERVIEW (6): On the Way to Immanence

Jung’s first question, concerning what administrative means Feyerabend could recommend to promote new ideas, is a philosophical solecism. This is not the sort of question that Feyerabend wishes to address, and Jung admits that in reply to his very first … Lire la suite

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FEYERABEND’S LAST INTERVIEW (5): Ontological Pluralism vs Constructivism

On Feyerabend’s view of an immanent reason, the problem with rationalism is that it is not rational enough, because it ignores or impoverishes both our humanity and the natural world. Disconnected from the constraints imposed by the real, rationalism taken … Lire la suite

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FEYERABEND’S LAST INTERVIEW (4): dealing with vs administrating

Continuing the list of points of convergence between Feyerabend’s LAST INTERVIEW (FLI) and Deleuze’s PERICLES ET VERDI (P&V) 2) dealing with Joachim Jung uses the expression in his questions to Feyerabend, and Feyerabend lets it pass. As he has no … Lire la suite

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FEYERABEND’S LAST INTERVIEW (3): The Arrogance of Transcendence

Methodological Preamble: Deleuze remarked on several occasions that an important  difference between Continental philosophy and anglophone analytic philosophy lay in their respective attitudes to the creation of concepts. Of course, Deleuze maintained that all good philosophy, both continental and analytic, … Lire la suite

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FEYERABEND’S LAST INTERVIEW (2): Conversion to Immanent Rationalism

Feyerabend’s dialogue with Joachim Jung is given a particular importance and solemnity by the circumstances in which it took place: Feyerabend in hospital with an inoperable brain tumor, half his body paralysed, discussing what? Certainly not life after death as … Lire la suite

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FEYERABEND’S LAST INTERVIEW (1): Freedom and the De-conversion from Rationalism

I want to talk about a short dialogue between Joachim Jung and Paul Feyerabend that was published in the memorial volume « THE WORST ENEMY OF SCIENCE?: Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend ». The dialogue took place in Feyerabend’s last days, … Lire la suite

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PLURALIST ONTOLOGY: Let a Thousand Tables Bloom!

Graham Harman in THE THIRD TABLE accomplishes an exploit that if it proved viable would merit the felicitations of pluralists everywhere: he has augmented the number of tables that we can « encounter » in the world. The scare-quotes are unfortunately necessary … Lire la suite

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Abundance vs Withdrawal: The real does not withdraw, it abounds

It is not so easy to escape reductionism as one might think. Aside from the intellectual blunder of not perceiving or not being able to think with incommensurable gaps of meaning, there is also the ethical blunder of re-instating transcendence … Lire la suite

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Rorty in my dreams (5): Autism and Dialogue

Rorty in my dreams is not easily impressed though he does try to keep up on recent trends. Once he told me: « All this talk about blogging and philosophy is just new wine in old bottles. Lyotard got it right … Lire la suite

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Response to Patrick Heelan: Individuation, Special Worlds, Stupidity, and Openness

Patrick Heelan made a eulogious comment on this blog here: « Enthralling! Excellent theatre! A lesson in learning by becoming the teacher; or better – by sharing the life of the teacher in the teacher’s world. Schroedinger had this way of … Lire la suite

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