Archives mensuelles : juin 2014

SELECTIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM AND CONFORMISM OF MEANING

There is a group of « philosophy »-oriented blogs that I have fallen into the habit of reading that are maintained by people who are not at all interested in philosophy for its own sake, but who espouse OOO (or naturalism, or … Lire la suite

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MAKE AIME NOT WAR

Initially I was quite critical of Bruno Latour’s AIME project, as expressed in the book AN INQUIRY INTO MODES OF EXISTENCE. I felt very ambivalent about the book,despite approving of its pluralist perspective. When I first read it I had … Lire la suite

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ON THE EXISTENCE OF BRUNO LATOUR’S MODES: essay review

UPDATE: I published this text before actually meeting Bruno Latour at the final evaluation conference for AIME in Paris on July 28-29. It is a collage of texts from my blog, put together with little editing. It shows the evolution … Lire la suite

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ADDING SIMONDON TO THE « AXIS » OF PROCESS

Real objects are a-temporal for Harman, as in his system time is a sensual illusion, so they cannot be processes. This is where Levi Bryant initially tried to correct the dualist defect of Harman’s system, its simplistic bifurcation of object … Lire la suite

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Some thoughts on Graham Harman, "Lavalampy materialism", and Deleuzian "undermining"

Initialement publié sur Minds and Brains :
Recently, Graham Harman and friends have been unfairly criticizing Deleuze for holding positions that he never held. In his recent article in The Speculative Turn, Harman cites Deleuze is as the arch-example of an…

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Dark Deleuze Project Abstract

Initialement publié sur Anarchist Without Content :
Title: Dark Deleuze: A Glossary Author: Andrew Culp, PhD, The Ohio State University Abstract: This paper explores the Dark Deleuze by dramatizing the difference between joyfully creating concepts and apocalyptically destroying worlds. Contextualizing this…

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« Dark Deleuze »: A Glossary

Initialement publié sur Anarchist Without Content :
Those who knew Gilles Deleuze consistently note his firm commitment to joyful affirmation and his distaste for the ressentiment of negativity. Beatifying this sentiment, Deleuzians have established a whole canon of joy. But what good…

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LATOUR ON WHITEHEAD AND PERSISTENCE IN BEING: the opposite of Graham Harman’s claims

What Latour gets from Whitehead is precisely persistence rather than evanescence. This is the mode of existence that he calls REP or reproduction (and not « repetition » as Graham Harman mistakenly declares). It « concerns everything that maintains itself: languages, bodies, ideas, … Lire la suite

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OOO’S NEW WAVE OF MARKETING vs DIALOGUE: make books not blogs

One of my constant aims has been getting the discussion of OOO/SR texts outside the incestuous ghetto, making the discussion wider than the usual partisan publicity. Too long have OOO partisans tended to “withdraw” from discussion. Their attemps to enstate … Lire la suite

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HARMAN’S OOO AS ABSOLUTE ONTOLOGY (A Badiouian Analysis)

In a recent talk (video, text) Alain Badiou enumerated 4 traits of an absolute ontology: immobility, irreducibility, non-empiricity, and maximality. While orienting his explication of each trait towards his own mathematical version of absolute ontology, Badiou implicitly gives a very … Lire la suite

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