Archives mensuelles : mars 2016

LATOUR, THE ETHNOGRAPHIC METHOD, AND THE DEATH OF RELIGION

In a very interesting interview (“Pour une ethnographie des modernes”) published in 2008 Bruno Latour clarifies his pronouncements on religion. In reply to a question on the limits of the « ethnographic method » that he used in his studies of science … Lire la suite

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LATOUR AND RELIGION: empiricism, democracy, and the need for a « flat » anthropology

Both Badiou and Latour observe that religion as « truth procedure » (Badiou) or as « mode of veridiction » (Latour) is dead in the society at large. Therefore I do not think that it should enter into the ontological description of our modernity. … Lire la suite

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BADIOU AND IMMORTALITY: literal exegesis or allegorical hermeneutics

It follows from Badiou’s concept of death, as explored in the previous post, that we human subjects are not under the régime of « being toward death », we are not mortals (as opposed to the gods), as Heidegger calls us, as … Lire la suite

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BADIOU AGAINST HEIDEGGER’S CONCEPT OF DEATH

It is well-known that Badiou’s philosophical system has been elaborated in a constant dialogue with, and struggle against, Heidegger’s philosophy. A very interesting aspect of this confrontation is to be found in Badiou’s proposition of what he considers to be … Lire la suite

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WHY WRITE SO MUCH ABOUT HARMAN’S WITHDRAWAL-ORIENTED PHILOSOPHY?

This is a question I have often asked myself, and I have given several replies on this blog. The important thing for me is that each time I write I achieve a greater level of generality. Behind my most recent … Lire la suite

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BEING FAIR TO WOLFENDALE

Some people (including Pete Wolfendale himself) have protested about a seemingly unfair paragraph in my review of his book. I have now rewritten that passage, and will include it in a future revision of my review. I would like to … Lire la suite

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« SPECULATIVE » REALISM IS HYPER-REALISM: A Baudrillardian note on a stillborn movement

« Hyper-philosophy » is what Harman is doing, in Baudrillardian terms, but this also characterises the productions of the other speculative realists. Speculative realism is hyper-realism in its vacuous insistence on a « return » to the real that noone ever left. OOP is … Lire la suite

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