Duane Rousselle has a very interesting vision of the evolution of anarchism from its naïve dogmatic past through post-anarchism with its own naïveté of a dogmatic post-ontological stance towards what I would call, with François Laruelle in mind (cf.  La Non-Philosophie), non-standard post-anarchism. I see no reason to abandon Hegel, as both Malabou and Zizek give us at least the beginnings of a non-standard reading of Hegel. Ben Brucato cites Feyerabend for his notion of experimentation, and so implicitly for his epistemological critique of anarchism. I think that Feyerabend’s ontology, which has largely been left unexplored, could be of use in clearing the ground for such a non-standard post-anarchism.

We can see an evolution in Feyerabend’s positions from “epistemological anarchism”, which is already a post-anarchism in its rejection of scientism and of dogmatic monist ontologies and in its valorisation of experimentation (cf. AGAINST METHOD, essay), to “Dadaism” which explicitly affirms the pragmatic value of the encounter with chaos, and enlarges the scale of intensities implicated in experimentation (cf. AGAINST METHOD, book, and THESES ON ANARCHISM). Feyerabend’s “democratic relativism” puts the emphasis on the social nature of these experimentations (cf. SCIENCE IN A FREE SOCIETY), but Feyerabend saw that this notion of relativism was ambiguous between a consensual position (post-ontological passivity) and a more dynamic movement based on a new “diachronic” ontology (cf. CONQUEST OF ABUNDANCE).

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  1. Patrick jennings says:

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