Monthly Archives: April 2014

Becoming-bird and Peter Greenaway’s THE FALLS

Text originally presented at the February 2009 symposium on Peter Greenaway’s films at the University of Nice, and published in CYCNOS, Volume 26 n°1: Peter Greenaway. Abstract: In this text I consider Peter Greenaway’s film The Falls as an extended … Continue reading

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LARUELLE, DELEUZE, BADIOU: The One without unity vs the Metaphysics of the One

“Deleuze’s fundamental problem is most certainly not to liberate the multiple but to submit thinking to a renewed concept of the One…We can therefore first state that one must carefully identify a metaphysics of the One in the work of … Continue reading

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FREEING MULTIPLICITIES FROM THE PRISON OF DIFFERENCE

I have been discussing Laruelle’s preface to THE PRINCIPLE OF MINORITY (one could also translate this title as THE MINORITY PRINCIPLE, on the analogy with the pleasure-principle and the reality-principle), a book which inaugurated a whole new phase in his … Continue reading

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RENUNCIATION OF THE MENTORS, IRRUPTION OF THE ABSOLUTE

Laruelle’s THE PRINCIPLE OF MINORITY was published in February 1981, and it is the first book in his Philosophy II phase. It expresses a disappointment in the philosophies of difference and Laruelle’s enchantment by “the Absolute as such”. This disappointment … Continue reading

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NON-PHILOSOPHY, DISAPPOINTMENT AND ENCHANTMENT: relative pluralism is not enough

In his preface to THE PRINCIPLE OF MINORITY, published in French in 1981, situates his thought in relation to the philosophical context. He talks of working towards a possible encounter between pluralism, in danger of being conflated with relativism, and … Continue reading

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ONTOLOGY: Abundance vs Withdrawal

Graham Harman’s philosophy of science promulgates an absolute difference between the “real” object as posited in his philosophy and the “sensual” object, i.e. both the theoretical object of science and the ideological object of common sense and of the humanities. … Continue reading

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