Monthly Archives: February 2018

ON THE INCIPIT TO DELEUZE’S LOGIC OF SENSE

VIRTUAL SEMINAR LOGIC OF SENSE is composed of thirty-four chapters, or “series of paradoxes”, and five appendices. These chapters correspond to roughly the number of classes in an academic year, and so the book expresses an “ideal seminar” (Badiou’s term … Continue reading

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PROLEGOMENA TO A REVISABLE READING: Bernard Stiegler and the duplicity of jargon

OBFUSCATION The impression of lexical obfuscation that I describe comes after reading several of Stiegler’s books or after listening to several of his classes. One feels illuminated and inspired at first, but then the repetitious but un-illuminating use of an … Continue reading

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AMBIVALENCE AND PERPLEXITY ABOUT BERNARD STIEGLER

Stiegler gets the notion of individuation from Simondon, who got it from Jung. However, I myself got it from Jung. This is my (unsystematic) precautionary criterion for adopting elements of Stiegler’s system: I adopt those aspects of thought and jargon … Continue reading

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THE STIEGLER PARADOX: old concepts in new jargon

JARGON Bernard Stiegler spends almost as much time setting out his own theoretical vocabulary as he does enouncing and arguing for theses in the terms of that vocabulary. I make use of those elements of Stiegler’s vocabulary that refer back … Continue reading

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FOUCAULT AND THE ONTOLOGICAL TURN: realism, materiality and the outside

Deleuze’s FOUCAULT is a crucial reference for situating, and for understanding in relation to contemporary philosophical concerns, Foucault’s posthumously published LES AVEUX DE LA CHAIR, the fourth volume in his history of sexuality project. Foucault has often been seen as … Continue reading

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FOUCAULT AND THE FOUR CAUSES

I think it is worthwhile unpacking Foucault’s concept of “triple determination” deployed at the beginning of LES AVEUX DE LA CHAIR because it may contain a useful key not only to the rest of his analysis but also to its … Continue reading

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LES AVEUX DE LA CHAIR AND THE MUTABILITY OF EXPERIENCE

I will be summarising and commenting Les Aveux de la chair, Foucault’s fourth volume in the history of sexuality tetralogy philosophically. In this first substantial post I wish to show how the first few pages conform to the theses that can … Continue reading

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