Archives mensuelles : avril 2013

ON EXITING ALTHUSSER BY MEANS OF LACAN: Against the demi-post-structuralists

The most important step is to get out of the idea of ideology as mere superstructure, as a passive reflection of what goes on in the economic base. Even if this simple picture can be complexified by supplementing it with … Lire la suite

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ON « IDEOLOGY » AND POST-STRUCTURALISM

Why did post-structuralism cease to make use of the concept of ideology? This question is raised in Bernard Stiegler’s new book PHARMACOLOGIE DU FRONT NATIONAL. My understanding of these thinkers (Deleuze, Lyotard, Foucault, Derrida) is that while they may not … Lire la suite

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FEYERABEND ON ACADEMIC PSYCHOPOWER

Feyerabend on Popper’s seminar: « At first sight Popper’s seminar was a freewheeling and disorganised affair. Papers could be interrupted at any point, anyone could open his mouth. A closer look revealed an interesting pattern. If a new student, encouraged by … Lire la suite

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ABSTRACTIVE AND SUBTRACTIVE ONTOLOGIES: The truncated pluralism of Alain Badiou and Graham Harman

We have traversd a period of polarisation during which the neoliberal doxa reigned uncontested almost everywhere, except in a few academic and para-academic enclaves, where a « refined » or aristocratic critique was elaborated. The philosophical result of the exténuation of this … Lire la suite

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Invalidating Stereotypes: if you can’t refute your adversaries’ arguments why not just categorise them out of existence?

Recently I have been called a Deleuzian and also a Feyerabendian, in both cases the aim was to invalidate my intellectual production by confining it to some narrow repetitive predictable category. this is a belated reaction to such intellectual profiling … Lire la suite

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I AM NOT YOUR CATEGORY

One of the most philosophically interesting experiences in being a foreigner is that you can see how people categorise you almost physically. I have lived in France for 30 years now, but I still have a strong accent. I don’t … Lire la suite

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Theses on Harman’s OOO

1) Harman’s OOO is a variant within the general paradigm set out by Badiou’s philosophy. The terminological differences are important. Badiou speaks in terms of multiples and events, Harman in terms of objects. Badiou explicitly emphasises the pluralist aspect of … Lire la suite

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Harman’s Object Disorientation: Anthropomorphism At Large

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The Unfinished Harman Theory of Causation [click on picture for larger image] Another Derrida? Coincidently, what Harman thinks of Derrida: « Personally, I never had much time for Derrida, and see him instead as a self-indulgent…

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LES CONFUSIONS DE L’ONTOLOGIE OBJECTUELLE (3): Pluraliser les Temporalités

Est-ce que Quentin Meillassoux est un bon guide à l’histoire de la philosophie? Meillassoux semble penser que la philosophie kantienne et post-kantienne est sous l’emprise de ce qu’il appelle le “correlationisme”. Les philosophes objectuels aiment citer son paradigme historiographique puisqu’il … Lire la suite

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LES CONFUSIONS DE L’ONTOLOGIE OBJECTUELLE (2): Grandiloquence Spéculative vs Circonspection Empirique

J’ai parlé d’un procédé sophistique employé par les ontologistes objectuels: l’affichage d’une fausse unité apparente maintenue par l’appel aux terminologies transcendantes partagées. Derrière cette façade sémantique se cache un problème épistémologique de fond. Au lieu de décréter a priori (par … Lire la suite

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