Monthly Archives: October 2013

VERS LE PLURALISME NUMERIQUE: rapport préliminaire et ensemble de recommendations à propos du projet EME

Je suis membre actif du groupe de lecture AIME (http://aimegroup.wordpress.com/), mais contrairement à Adam Robbert j’ai rapidement trouvé trop contraignant le format de commentaire chapitre par chapitre du livre. J’aurais voulu participer à une discussion plus diversifiée sur le site … Continue reading

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MICHEL SERRES ON TINTIN AND TINTINOLATRY

Sam Hind of THE SEMAPHORE LINE drew attention to this video and asked for a translation: Here is my translation: Laure Adler: First question for you Michel Serres, are you Tintin? Serres: Am I Tintin? Oh no I am much … Continue reading

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TOWARDS DIGITAL PLURALISM: a preliminary report and set of recommendations on the AIME project

The modesofexistence (http://modesofexistence.org/index.php/site/index) people have contacted the AIME reading group to solicit comments and greater participation. Here is the comment I left on their site: I am a member of the AIME reading group, but unlike Adam I quckly felt … Continue reading

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE ARGUMENTS GONE? Notes on the smugification of intellectual life

One big thing that is missing on Facebook and on the blogosphere is plain old argument. People seem incapable of following even fairly simple arguments, and unwilling to provide any arguments themselves. Fairly basic emotions generate in-groups and their scornful … Continue reading

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Far too easily impressed

Very interesting post by Ross Wolfe calling for more argument and less posturing on Facebook, and in theoretical discussion ingeneral. The Charnel-House Image:Pieter Brueghel“The Flatterers” (1592) . Earlier today, I tried to make my way through this rather long, theory-heavy Facebook … Continue reading

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LATOUR’S “JAMESIAN” EMPIRICISM (3): an incomplete dialectical critique of naive empiricism

Latour’s diplomatic metalanguage is a form of pluralised dialectics, as is post-structuralist thought in general. Deleuze, for example, is willing to look favorably on Hegel’s dialectics on the condition that movement is given primacy over negativity. Zizek’s recent ontological treatise … Continue reading

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LATOUR’S “JAMESIAN” EMPIRICISM (2): the case of prepositions

I seem to be alone in thinking that Latour’s repeated references to William James are not to be taken as indicative of any major intellectual debt to Jamesian pragmatism. This is not to deny that Latour’s pluralist ontology can usefully … Continue reading

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