Monthly Archives: July 2017

JOHN DAVID EBERT: mythic vision and cultural criticism

John David Ebert is an important theoretical voice, specialising in what he modestly calls “cultural criticism”, but is really an imaginative discipline that he is creating as he goes, combining myth studies, Continental philosophy, and popular culture. Ebert once ironically … Continue reading

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Reading DISPARITIES (11): quantum deconstruction and formal causality

In my previous post I am basically reporting, but also reconstructing, Zizek’s position. As I report, Zizek does not reply explicitly to Johnston’s feasibility objection, but on my reconstruction there is an answer to be found in the text. Johnston … Continue reading

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Reading DISPARITIES (10): Zizek’s quantum genesis

In section five of Chapter 1 of DISPARITIES, “Biology or quantum physics?“, Zizek takes on an impossible task, that of justifying “the priority of quantum physics” (page 39) in the explanation of emergent properties, in particular of the emergence of … Continue reading

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ACADEMIC TRAUMA OR NOETIC DREAM: on the vicissitudes of dialogue

Readers may see my blog as just more froth in the prevailing sea of philo-babble, but my goal is more democratic (and more pedagogical), and I have made quite a few enemies in trying to de-esotericise the philosophies I discuss. … Continue reading

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Some people have expressed objections to my posts on Zizek’s DISPARITIES, against their style and utility, treating them as an acute case of post-modern psycho-babble. Here is the outline of a reply: “Psycho-babble”? No, definitely not. Maybe “philo-babble” would be … Continue reading

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LARUELLE AND WAVE ABSOLUTISM: against quantum integrism

We have seen in many posts on this blog (e.g. here) that François Laruelle’s non-standard philosophy represents a significant advance over the naive absolutism that characterises “sufficient” philosophies, including Graham Harman’s idealist object-oriented philosophy and the diverse forms of scientism. … Continue reading

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