Monthly Archives: May 2016

NO MORE ALPHAS: confessions of an eternal “beta”.

REFLECTIONS ON DEALING WITH THE ALPHA MODE OF EXISTENCE AND ITS AVATARS Deleuze said that people are always disappointing, that what is important is not meeting or discussing with people but encountering ideas. I beg to differ, as this statement … Continue reading

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ON BOOK REVIEWS: against the empirico-theological prejudice

Some authors have expressed surprise and discontent at the fact that I express my own views in the reviews I have written of their books. Such a reaction suggests that they have an epistemologically naive empiricist vision of a book … Continue reading

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ONTOLOGICAL PLURALISM: Feyerabend’s ontological turn

Bruno Latour poses the quite Feyerabendian question “What is the recommended dose of ontological pluralism“, and he sketches out his own intellectual development in terms of an ever-increasing dose of this pluralist medecine. Feyerabend’s own development can be seen in … Continue reading

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FEYERABEND ON SPINOZA (2): heuristics of immanence

Spinoza propounds what Gilles Deleuze calls a philosophy of immanence: all theological notions are eliminated in favour of the rigorous deductive chains of premises and consequences in parallel with the rigorous physical chains of cause and effect. The common view … Continue reading

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LATOUR ON SPINOZA: ontological pluralism and religious enunciation

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FEYERABEND ON SPINOZA

Bruno Latour’s recent analysis of Spinoza’s asymmetric treatment of religion and science was anticipated by fellow ontological pluralist Paul Feyerabend: “I cannot stand it when so-called thinkers not only presume to know things better than their fellow human beings – … Continue reading

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“THE HOUSE”: anamnesis, entropy and bifurcation

THE HOUSE is a short story by Fredric Brown, published in 1960. Only 3 pages long (pdf here), it is enigmatic yet seemingly fraught with meaning. It seems to display the pieces of a puzzle, but with no clue as … Continue reading

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