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STEVE FULLER AND THE POST TRUTH CONDITION (4): Brexit and Apophatic Theology

My method so far in this review (and more generally on this blog) has been the simple pluralist one of comparing rival hypotheses in order to give increased understanding (and I would argue increased content) to each hypothesis.The goal is … Lire la suite

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STEVE FULLER AND THE POST TRUTH CONDITION (3): post-truth, realism, and quantum thought

On this blog I have been analysing the work of contemporary Continental philosophers working in the domain of epistemological and ontological pluralism (Laruelle,  Latour, Zizek, Badiou, Stiegler) as articulating competing « metaphysical research programmes ». I employ this expression in Popper’s sense … Lire la suite

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STEVE FULLER AND THE POST TRUTH CONDITION (2): post-truth is meta-truth

Commenting on the OED definition of « post-truth » Steve Fuller remarks: « This definition is clearly pejorative. Indeed, it is a post-truth definition of ‘post-truth’. ». Fuller’s wager is that a non-pejorative concept of « post-truth » can be found. Fuller further argues that such … Lire la suite

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STEVE FULLER AND THE POST TRUTH CONDITION (1): deconstruction and the anti-expert turn

I was eagerly awaiting Steve Fuller’s latest book, POST-TRUTH Knowledge as a Power Game. Fuller has already published online numerous extracts, articles, conferences, and teasers, and the book provides a useful synthesis and further working out of many of his … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE ACROSS THE DIVIDE: translation dead translate

I think there is a phase divergence between Francophone and Anglophone philosophical worlds. What can seem old hat to us can seem new to the French because they vivify it in terms of their current problematics and vice versa. For … Lire la suite

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IDEOLOGY AND AVENGERS INFINITY WARS: Zizekian Notes

AVENGERS INFINITY WARS is a very enjoyable film, which means that comes very close to pure ideology, and its protagonist Thanos arrives at a moment of enjoyment at the end of the film. His contentment is tinged with sadness, as … Lire la suite

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A NEW GERMAN IDEALISM (3): Ontological Heuristics

The long-term over-arching philosophical project of this blog is to critically analyse the diverse contemporary Continental philosophical systems (those of Deleuze, Zizek, Serres, Stiegler, Badiou, Laruelle and Latour). It is my thesis that these « systems » can usefully be seen as … Lire la suite

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ZIZEK AND THE QUANTUM MODEL: Explanatory Distance vs Formal Closeness

I think that the « mirroring » (what Zizek calls the « uncanny resemblance ») between the quantum level and that of human subjectivity is more than a simple formal homology and less than an ontological grounding. As a working hypothesis I call this … Lire la suite

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ZIZEK, DELEUZE AND NEGATIVITY

Zizek has an ambivalent or two-tiered reaction to Deleuze on the question of ontological negativity. This response is only approximately summarised in Zizek’s idea that the pre-Guattari Deleuze of DIFFERENCE AND REPETITION and of LOGIC OF SENSE proposes a negative … Lire la suite

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A NEW GERMAN IDEALISM (2): THREE ONTOLOGIES (Spinoza, Kant, Hegel)

In Chapter 1 of A NEW GERMAN IDEALISM Adrian Johnston proposes a very interesting genealogical narrative covering the brief but intensely creative period in the history of German philosophy from the end of the 18th to the beginning of the … Lire la suite

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