Archives mensuelles : septembre 2014

ON ALAN WATTS AS A PRECURSOR TO POST-STRUCTURALISM

Interesting post by Samir Chopra on Alan Watts and philosophy. I see no reason to be ashamed of liking Alan Watts and I think that reading his books is far better preparation for studying Deleuze or Lyotard or Serres than … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE AND LATOUR vs HARMAN (2): Bi-lateral foreclosure as double closure and confinement

Harman’s foreclosure of the real is bi-lateral: we cannot attain the real because real objects withdraw, they are behind the veil of withdrawal. More generally, a sensual object cannot withdraw, it cannot interact with the real. This is one face … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE AND LATOUR vs HARMAN (1): QUANTUM OPENNESS vs RELATIVIST CLOSURE

Laruelle talks about the « sufficiency » not just of philosophy but of the various sciences, including biology and mathematical physics. This sufficiency is manifested in different forms of reductionism but also in the treatment of regional ontologies as autonomous. Such autonomy … Lire la suite

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CLONING THE REAL vs CLONING THE TRANSCENDENTAL

For François Laruelle « philosophy » is the name for the self-sufficient and self-satisfied thought based on the primacy given to its own transcendental organisation of concepts over and above the real. « Science » is the name for the primacy given to the … Lire la suite

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THE DEATH OF OOO: the table did it

Over the last few years a self-styled « new » ontological hypothesis, calling itself « object-oriented philosophy », constituted itself as a movement, and multiplied self-proclaimed and self-propagated signs of success at the same time as showing unmistakable symptoms of conceptual regression and sociological … Lire la suite

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ONTO-CARTOGRAPHY AS MASK: hiding contradictions between OOO and its lacanian and scientistic supplements

Levi Bryant, it is clear, was never really an OOOxian, nor has he been influenced by Deleuze, except very superficially. He is an orthodox Lacanian and accepts blindly such Lacanian dogmas as the tripartite division of the real, the imaginary … Lire la suite

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FRIEND vs CRONY

My problem is not with the friend but the crony. The friend is a positive transcendental requirement of philosophy from the beginning, as the Two is an essential component of its existence and founds philosophy’s dialogical nature. The crony is … Lire la suite

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THE BOOK THE OOO CROWD ARE ASHAMED OF: Graham Harman’s THE THIRD TABLE

A look at the Wikipedia entry for Graham Harman shows an astonishing absence in the bibliography. Harman’s most explicit book THE THIRD TABLE (2012) is purely and simply absent from the list of publications. The same is true for the … Lire la suite

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STEREOTYPES ABOUT RELATIVISM: when will it all end?

The same old misunderstandings persist in Levi Bryant’s post, expressed in general terms without referencing a definite thinker and using made-up examples. Looking at the work of Bruno Latour, a real thinker accused of relativism, gives a different conclusion.

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free copy of « Johnston’s Materialist Critique of Meillassoux »

Initialement publié sur Object-Oriented Philosophy :
The PDF is available for download HERE. The article appears in the 2013 issue of Umbr(a), and is based on my presentation at the University at Buffalo when Adrian Johnston and I did a joint…

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