Monthly Archives: February 2014

UPGRADING OUR IDEA OF PLURALISM: a few blog posts

Despite the effort of some scientistic throwbacks (as Latour exclaims ironically: “Where have they been”) to just define pluralism over the protestations of those who have gone some way along that track, some blog posts have tried to give an … Continue reading

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ON SCIENTISM AS UNSAVOURY POLITICS: shutting people’s mouths with a phantasm of science

Zizek has given an interesting perspective to frame current discussions on the dangers of relativism in terms of a struggle for cultural hegemony: “We are witnessing today the struggle for intellectual hegemony — for who will occupy the universal place … Continue reading

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BRUNO LATOUR AND EPISTEMOLOGICAL ANARCHISM

In an interview (2012), discussing his own methodology, Latour affirms: “this a thing that I learned from the “scientists” I studied, i.e. that: “Anything goes as long as it leads to what you want to find”. Just as in a … Continue reading

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Pluralist’s Progress (1): Feyerabend and Latour

Bruno Latour poses the question: “What Is the Recommended Dose of Ontological Pluralism for a Safe Anthropological Diplomacy?” and replies with a typology of stages on the way of pluralism.  It is clear that many questions and objections of the … Continue reading

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HARMAN AND MEILLASSOUX: the noumenal absolute and the withdrawal problem

Belhaj Kacem argues that Meillassoux noumenalises the diachronic (super-Chaotic flux) whereas Harman noumenalises the synchronic (timeless real objects). Just as QM has trouble explaining how a withdrawn super-Chaotic flux can give rise to stable natural Laws, Harman cannot explain how … Continue reading

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Mehdi Belhaj Kacem on Meillassoux (3): demonstration vs description in the genesis of stability

In Kacem’s analysis Meillassoux is forced into a Kantian position due to the fact that his Deleuzian absolute, super-Chaos, is attested neither by common sense nor by the sciences. All the known worlds, Kacem underlines that they are known by … Continue reading

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Mehdi Belhaj Kacem on Meillassoux (2): Meillassoux’s bluff and the phantom problem

I am commenting on the excerpt from Kacem’s forthcoming book L’effet Meillassoux (The Meillassoux Effect) on the blog Les apports de Mehdi Belhaj Kacem. Kacem describes Meillassoux as  committed not only to theorising ontologically the real as a game of … Continue reading

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