Archives mensuelles : octobre 2016

Reading DISPARITIES (4): non-standard ontology and its standard shadow

In the introduction and the first chapter to DISPARITIES Zizek has emphasised that his work is not only to be understood in terms of ideological critique but also as ontological critique. He is not just a  media critic or a … Lire la suite

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DISAPPOINTING CONVERSATIONS AND THE STRUCTURE OF THE UNIVERSE

Sometimes one begins a conversation on social networks and after a few short exchanges it suddenly stops, your interlocutor rejects what you have been saying with a short sharp rejoinder, like a verbal slap in the face. What is to … Lire la suite

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DARK JUNG, DELEUZE, AND ZIZEK

Nobody would ever write a book on the « dark » Zizek as, following in Lacan’s footsteps, he systematically highlights dark options and terminology. In contrast, Deleuze, like Jung, is both dark and bright. The Shadow for Jung, but Deleuze too talks … Lire la suite

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Reading DISPARITIES (3): Zizek’s Quantum Hermeneutics

It is a disappointing feature of much of the discussion in Continental Philosophy  that it is dominated by the vocal supporters of one or another master thinker. The Deleuzians mock Badiou and condemn Zizek, the Zizekians dismiss Latour, the Laruellleans … Lire la suite

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Reading DISPARITIES (2): disparity and speculative realism

Contrary to the dismissive stereotypes about his work perpetrated by superficial critics and commentators whose opinions have been formed without any engagement with his texts, Zizek is indeed a philosopher albeit a non-standard one, and his thought and works constitute … Lire la suite

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Reading DISPARITIES (1): Zizek, China Miéville and the Ontology of the Kraken

At first sight Zizek’s new book DISPARITIES looks like a disjointed disparate set of reading notes on a diverse group of trendy books from within the fields of Continental Philosophy and of Speculative Realism. To that extent its title is … Lire la suite

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CLEARING THE GROUND (3): Latour and the pluralist outside

As a pluralist I am against Laruelle’s (and his followers’) uniqueness hypothesis (although it is precisely not a hypothesis for him but an unquestioned and unquestionable fact). This is the hypothesis that Laruelle is the one and only non-philosopher, and … Lire la suite

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