Monthly Archives: October 2015

Feyerabend’s “The Concept of Intelligibility in Modern Physics” (3): re-conceptualising Feyerabend’s development

1) Feyerabend’s “Intelligibility” (1948) anticipates key aspects and arguments articulated in AGAINST METHOD (1976). 2) The argument against the criterion of intelligibility is a precursor to his argument against the stability thesis (so we could call it the “intelligibility thesis”). … Continue reading

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THESES ON OBSCURITY: is philosophy necessarily obscure?

1) Clarity as immediate intelligibility is based on the ideal of linguistic transparence. 2) Transparence is based on familiarity (of words, grammar, objects and relations): a doxa. 3) Philosophy is singularity breaking with familiarity, using words in unfamiliar ways: unfamiliar … Continue reading

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BECOMING “POST-DELEUZIAN”: the case of Badiou

Deleuze is dead. He died twenty years ago. If he were alive today he would be interested in a lot of things. In philosophy he would be interested in Bruno Latour, François Laruelle, Bernard Stiegler, Alain Badiou. Deleuze “scholars” are … Continue reading

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A CLOSE READING IS NOT A CLOSED READING

In various places Deleuze expressed the desire to construct a “pop-philosophy”. Deleuze’s demanding books show that to desire to elaborate a pop-philosophy does not mean being committed to a demagogical anti-intellectual hostility to theory, concepts or erudition. A pop-philosophy in … Continue reading

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FEYERABEND AND STUPIDITY: the struggle against clichés

For me Feyerabend is very much a living option, and I place him in the forefront of contemporary Continental Philosophers (Badiou, Latour, Laruelle, Stiegler) who are all, each in his own way, pluralists. This is why I defended Feyerabend and … Continue reading

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BADIOU AND THE PRINCIPLE OF CHARITY: notes of a post-deleuzian

Badiou has always lagged behind Deleuze, and in an important sense he still hasn’t caught up fully with DIFFERENCE AND REPETITION and LOGIC OF SENSE. Part of the reason is the twelve year difference of age: Deleuze was born on … Continue reading

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BADIOU ON DELEUZE’S POLITICS: an a-parallel evolution

Abstract: in a very interesting article (the text of a talk given in September 2001), entitled “Existe-t-il quelque chose comme une politique deleuzienne?” (“Does something like a Deleuzian politics exist?”), devoted to the subject of Deleuze and politics, Badiou goes … Continue reading

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