Archives mensuelles : avril 2018

AGAINST PSYCHO-IDEOLOGY: Zizek, Jung, Badiou, and (yes, quelle horreur!) Jordan Peterson

I think the rising attack by self-described « leftists » on Jung as an ideological foundation for the « alt-right » is itself an ideological symptom. Jungians are far more practice-oriented than theory-oriented and so they tend to speak the discourse of the analyst, … Lire la suite

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DELEUZE, ZIZEK, AND HELL: against philo-memes

All philosophers write from hell, even before they die. That’s what distinguishes them from ideologues, propagandists, careerists and profiteers. For example, Wittgenstein often quoted approvingly Russell’s dictum « Logic is hell ». No doubt that is why he finally preferred to return … Lire la suite

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SALUT DELEUZE Graphic Novel (1): publisher’s summary

Translated from the publisher’s page: « Deleuze is dead. Charon, the psychopomp, is supposed to ferry him to the other bank, where Barthes, Lacan and Foucault are waiting for him. But, even before the philosopher can be reunited with his friends, … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE’S SELF-MISREADING

PROCESS NOT STASIS We cannot remain fixated on one phase of the historical process or of our intellectual biography. I have been very influenced by Deleuze, but I certainly do not belong to the “Deleuze can do no wrong” school … Lire la suite

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BADIOU’S MATHEMATICAL SEMINARS: a list

I) 1980-1983– Théorie logique des modèles (intitulé : Logique et rationalité subjective) (Logical Theory of Models, title: Logic and Subjective Rationality) II) 1983-1989 – Théorie mathématique des ensembles (Mathematical Set Theory) 1) 1983-1986 – Théorie des ensembles proprement dite (Set Theory per … Lire la suite

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BADIOU’S PHILOSOPHICAL SEMINARS: a list

1983-1984 L’Un. Descartes, Platon, Kant. (The One: Descartes, Plato, Kant). 1984-1985 L’Infini. Aristote, Spinoza, Hegel. (The Infinite: Aristotle, Spinoza, Hegel). 1985, 4th trimester. L’être 1. Figure ontologique : Parménide. (Being 1. Ontological figure: Parmenides). 1986, 1st trimester. L’être 2. Figure … Lire la suite

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BADIOU ON EVIL AND LOVE (4): Plato is not One

« Suppose a layman enters » – these are the first words of Badiou’s seminar Theory of Evil, Theory of Love (1990-1991). The opening « hypothesis » is that of a generic layperson or an unbeliever who enters an assembly of the « university of … Lire la suite

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BADIOU ON EVIL AND LOVE (3): philosophy as act or substance

From the beginning of Theory of Evil, Theory of Love we are faced with the question of how to orient ourselves in thought. The lecture notes available online for this seminar (which diverge slightly from the official published transcription) talk … Lire la suite

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BADIOU ON EVIL AND LOVE (2): against philosophical presumption

Theory of Evil, Theory of Love begins with the hypothesis of the entry of a conceptual character in a mental landscape: « Let us suppose that the whole university of doxography assembles and that a layman or an unbeliever enters » (page … Lire la suite

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BADIOU ON EVIL AND LOVE (1): innocence of the void, disaster in the real

CONTEXT Badiou’s seminar for the academic year 1990-1991 has just been published. It bears the title: Theory of Evil, Theory of Love. It continues the reflexion on the four conditions of philosophy (art, science, love, politics) that can be traced … Lire la suite

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