Monthly Archives: January 2015

Reading Badiou’s METAPHYSICS OF REAL HAPPINESS (3): non-deterministic dialectics

Badiou links the various anti-philosophical themes of chance, risk, freedom, and change to the notion of negation: “one can say that I am pursuing from one end of my philosophical enterprise to the other … a meditation on negation. I … Continue reading

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Reading Badiou’s METAPHYSICS OF REAL HAPPINESS (2): desire and its obstacles

Continuing in this Deleuzian vein, Badiou presents his philosophy of real happiness as a philosophy of desire. He claims to “take from poetry” the idea that philosophy “as oriented towards the universality of happiness” has four fundamental dimensions: revolt, logic, … Continue reading

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Reading Badiou’s METAPHYSICS OF REAL HAPPINESS (1): system, chance and anti-philosophy

“I will speak about anti-philosophy … Pascal, Rousseau, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Lacan. My thesis is that these antiphilosophers … are necessary for us, so that our classicism will not be transformed into academicism, which is the principal enemy of philosophy, … Continue reading

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SPECULATIVE SCIENTISM: Wolfendale’s OBJECT-ORIENTED PHILOSOPHY

This is my completed review of Wolfendale’s book on Harman’s OOO. The book is quite interesting, but ultimately disappointing. Wolfendale has too much in common with Harman to provide a convincing alternative. I like the defence of speculation, but not … Continue reading

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REVIEW OF WOLFENDALE (8): OOO’s Problematic of the Subject

The perceptive reader was able to see that OOO was an imposture already years ago, and Harman’s philosophy was born refuted. But with the rise to poularity and the passage of time Harman became over-confident, expressing the basic struture of … Continue reading

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REVIEW OF WOLFENDALE (7): Under Correlationism the Problem of Incommensurability

Wolfendale’s critiques of OOP quite often do not originate with him, his book assembles in one place many criticisms of Harman’s system that have already been made by others, from its beginning up to now. Where Wolfendale’s text differs is … Continue reading

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REVIEW OF WOLFENDALE (6): CHANGE WITHOUT TIME

An interesting difference between Wolfendale’s explorations of Harman’s contradictory theory of time and my own analysis can be seen in his desperate attempt to construct a logic that would make sense of Harman’s seeming contradictions. We both agree that there … Continue reading

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