Archives mensuelles : juillet 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 … Lire la suite

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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 … Lire la suite

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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 … Lire la suite

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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. … Lire la suite

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AGAINST POST-MODERN PHILO-BABBLE: reply to critics

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 … Lire la suite

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RELIGIOSUS INVICTUS OR DECONVERTUS INTERRUPTUS: Bruno Latour’s religious conflations

See storify here: https://storify.com/TerenceBlake/religiosus-invictus-or-deconvertus-interruptus-bru  

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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. … Lire la suite

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