Archives mensuelles : octobre 2016

Where to begin with Deleuze?

It can be a good idea to start at the end and work back. This would mean first reading the short essay « Postscript on societies of control » and WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY? And complete with the interviews collected in NEGOTIATIONS, followed … Lire la suite

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Reading DISPARITIES (9): The Problem of Zizek’s Realism

Recently, I have been trying to synthesise the conclusions of my six years of philosophical blogging. One of the philosophies that I engaged with at the beginning was OOO. I wanted to include it in my synthesis, but it is … Lire la suite

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Reading DISPARITIES (8): Zizek’s Critique of Ontological Reason

For Zizek DISPARITIES is an act of « philosophical warfare ». It is a political intervention in the domain of philosophy, in favour of a « new practice of philosophy ». Zizek agrees with Althusser’s thesis that philosophy is class struggle in the field … Lire la suite

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Reading DISPARITIES (7): OOO and « Spirit is a Bone »

Zizek’s argument with OOO concerns the difference between the speculative judgement and the reductive judgement, and the impossibility of reductionism. He cites Hegel’s statement « Spirit is a bone » as an example of a judgement that at first sight seems to … Lire la suite

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Reading DISPARITIES (6): The Failure of Substantialization

Zizek continues his exploration of the impasses of OOO by examining its passage from subject to substance. His argument here is that far from escaping the problematic of the subject (which Meillassoux draws from Althusser and re-names « correlationism ») OOO reinforces … Lire la suite

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Deleuze, Laruelle and the « Decision »

I argue that Deleuze already anticipated and drawn the practical implications of Laruelle’s « non-philosophical » critique of philosophies of Difference long before Laruelle published his  critique. Deleuze’s collaboration with Guattari amounted to effecting the passage from a philosophy of difference to … Lire la suite

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Reading DISPARITIES (5): OOO and the torture house of language

According to Zizek OOO has an irremediably incoherent view of language as containing two contradictory poles. Language is firstly a purely sensual construct comprising intrinsic perversions, antagonisms, and distortions – but also miraculously contains a referential pole or function. Note: … Lire la suite

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