Archives mensuelles : juin 2016

FEYERABEND, LYOTARD, AND POSTMODERNISM (2): the « end » of philosophy?

« Does Feyerabend believe in the end of philosophy, as some postmoderns do? (This question was posed by Ian James Kidd on his facebook page). This question is more complex than it seems, given that the relevant philosophers did not use … Lire la suite

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FEYERABEND, LYOTARD, AND POSTMODERNISM (1): ambiguities and convergences

« Is Feyerabend post-modern? » I think this constitutes a bad question, given that the term « post-modern » itself is quite ambiguous. However, Feyerabend frequently emphasised the importance and inevitability of ambiguity, declaring that the awareness of and ability to work with ambiguity … Lire la suite

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SCIENTISM AS BLINDSPOT: Zizek vs Wolfendale

Graham Harman’s object-oriented philosophy is globally a regression compared to the post-structuralism that it purports to go beyond, but it does contain certain progressive elements. In particular its anti-scientism and its anti-literalism. The striking failure of Peter Wolfendale’s much vaunted … Lire la suite

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HAPPINESS IN BADIOU: four philosophical affects

Badiou talks of joy, happiness, and beatitude in various places, so one is entitled to wonder what difference, if any, exists between these concepts. As Badiou is using these terms in his recent book « Métaphysique du bonheur réel » (2015), « happiness » … Lire la suite

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BADIOU AND HARMAN – A DIAGRAMMATIC APPROACH

One can get a very useful overview of the difference between Alain Badiou’s and Graham Harman’s philosophies by comparing the diagrammes of their philosophies (cf. Badiou’s diagramme and Harman’s diagramme). There is a radical incompatibility between the two philosophies on … Lire la suite

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BADIOU’S DIAGRAMME: evental emergence vs objectal withdrawal

Alain Badiou has published in the 100th issue (June 2016) of PHILOSOPHIE MAGAZINE a summary of his philosophy in the form of a diagramme and a three page commentary. It is interesting to examine it in the light of Badiou’s … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE AND GENERICITY: the problem of scientism and of religionism

If a sympathetic reader of Laruelle has never noticed or been disturbed by the sense of infallible uniqueness emanating from his writing then I think they may be mistaking his many declarations of principle for real practice. Laruelle often invokes … Lire la suite

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ZIZEK AND LARUELLE: scientism and non-standard philosophy

Zizek’s search for a non-standard ontology brings him close to Laruelle’s non-standard philosophy on a number of points. 1) Zizek like Laruelle criticises standard philosophy, its sufficiency and arrogance, and both seek to construct a non-standard thought. Zizek would say … Lire la suite

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ZIZEK AND OBJECT-ORIENTED ONTOLOGY: a non-scientistic critique

For some time Zizek has emphasised that his work is not to be understood solely in terms of ideological critique, but rather as proposing a new, non-standard ontology. Recently, this ontological turn has led him to give a critical account … Lire la suite

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DELEUZIAN ACTS OF ENUNCIATION: ortho-forms and dis-contents

When I critique the « little Deleuzians » I am saying no more (and no less) than Deleuze himself does in his multiple polemics against the dogmatic image of thought, against the dominance of the history of philosophy, against « state » thinking, and … Lire la suite

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