Archives mensuelles : décembre 2015

PERFORMANCE AS INDIVIDUATION: creating your own space

You will get no satisfying answers to questions about Laruelle’s dogmatic, nostalgic, monistic, reductionist side from any of the official Anglophone Laruelleans, because each of them sutures their individual version of (non-)philosophy to one particular language (politics, psychoanalysis, religion, art, … Lire la suite

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(DÉ-)CONSTRUIRE LE PLURALISME

J’ai crée ce blog il y a cinq ans, dans le but de compléter et d’élargir mon dialogue intellectuel. C’est un journal philosophique, un carnet de notes consacré à la contemporanéité philosophique, et spécialisé dans les domaines de l’ontologie et … Lire la suite

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ANATHEM, PLATO, RORTY

In Neal Stephenson’s novel ANATHEM the two main factions are the Procians, who are Wittgensteinian (one can also think of Feyerabend, Latour and Rorty) in outlook, and the Protans, who are Platonists. Despite the great difference between a physical cosmology … Lire la suite

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DAWKINS AND FRENCH PHILOSOPHY: the MOTE is moot

Richard Dawkins has to choose: is he criticising French philosophers like Deleuze and Guattari, or merely wrong-headed Anglophone devotees? The Sokal hoax proves nothing about Deleuze and Guattari’s work, but only about the micro-sociology of the American post-modern humanities industry. There … Lire la suite

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EXPLAINING A SENTENCE BY GUATTARI

Richard Dawkins wrote a very eulogious review of Sokal and Bricmont’s INTELLECTUAL IMPOSTURES, which criticises recent French philosophy, a subject that Dawkins knows nothing about. Let’s begin with Dawkins’ first quote, taken from Guattari’s late work CHAOSMOSIS: We can clearly … Lire la suite

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OBSTACLES TO UNDERSTANDING RECENT FRENCH PHILOSOPHY

Let’s take the example of Guattari’s « garish » sentence quoted by Dawkins from Sokal and Bricmont’s book: We can clearly see that there is no bi-univocal correspondence between linear signifying links or archi-writing, depending on the author, and this multireferential, multi-dimensional … Lire la suite

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FEYERABEND AND BADIOU

Feyerabend and Badiou agree on many fundamental ideas. For example, for both knowledge and method belong to the domain of representation, although « truth » in Badiou’s sense does not. Truth is knowledge in the making, and there is no method there, … Lire la suite

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MICHEL SERRES’ ROME (1): the pluralist hypothesis

Michel Serres begins ROME with a very moving dedication: With the present book and, if my life isn’t too hard, with some others to follow, I express my gratitude to the community of historians that welcomed me thirteen years ago … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE’S PREDECESSORS (1): Althusser and Deleuze

The question of « scientism » should be a dead duck by now, and I wish it were. Louis Althusser went through a scientistic phase, but was able to overcome it in his ongoing self-criticism. His later aleatory materialism is already a … Lire la suite

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LARUELLEANS AND THE DENIAL OF SCIENTISM

Laruelle constantly gives pre-eminence to science over philosophy as that thought in accordance with the Real. This pre-eminence Laruelleans cope by just denying that he is scientistic, but such glib denialism is not to be taken seriously. Even Laruelle admits … Lire la suite

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