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LARUELLE’S UNFULFILLED PROMISES

1) It is laughable that so many people blindly repeat Laruelle’s claim that Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy is a « philosophy of difference ». It is much more accurately characterised as a « philosophy of multiplicity », that mutates in WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY? into a … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE’S FAILED SOLUTIONS TO RELATIVISM

1) Laruelle’s attempted escape from philosophical « sufficiency » (a form of totalising monism) leads him initially to the relativism of a plurality of thought worlds. But this plurality is still not pluralism, but merely a refined (and obscurantised) relativism. 2) Laruelle … Lire la suite

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Vidéo Mon parcours du livre : Intensités philosophiques et langage des infinis

Voici ma contribution aux journées autour de « L’Immanence des vérités » d’Alain Badiou 1° et 2 octobre 2018, Théâtre La Commune (Aubervilliers):

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Ma Bibliothèque Bilingue (1): Sloterdijk

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LARUELLE AND POST-TRUTH: respecting one’s criteria

Post-truth blues. One of the biggest dangers to thought today is the « post-truth » image of thought that one may call democratic relativism (note: other, less objectionable, forms of post-truth are possible). The contemporary philosophical context is driven by the search … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE’S TIME LAG: ANTI-BADIOU in context

Laruelle’s ANTI-BADIOU (2011) is a late-comer to the critical analysis of Badiou’s BEING AND EVENT (1988). These other analyses have not yet been translated, nor does Laruelle refer to them in French. Note: this is from the Cahier du collège … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE’S DEMOCRATIC RELATIVISM: failed immanence, concept-blindness, and non-virtuous performance

1) Recent attempts at validating François Laruelle’s ideas in terms of the idealist criterion of « performativity » actively hinder their immanent evaluation and reduce his system to a form of democratic relativism where « all thoughts are equal ». 2) There can be … Lire la suite

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TO THE TEXTS THEMSELVES: Laruelle, Zizek and the reading of thrownness

1) Globalising about philosophy without engaging with specific texts and arguments is bad method and useless thought. 2) To paraphrase Kant, globalising without engaging the texts is empty, engaging the texts without globalising is blind. 3) My criterion for discussing … Lire la suite

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IS DEMOCRATIC RELATIVISM MAKING US STUPID? Against Laruellean tropes

On the question of situating contemporary Continental philosophies it is essential to avoid visions that are too globalising, and that neglect important differences. For example, both Laruelle and Zizek attempt to elaborate quantum images, but there are good reasons to … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE, CONCEPT-BLINDNESS, AND SELF-MARGINALISATION

Some people disagree with my ideas on Laruelle as summarised in my « theses » (see previous post). It might be useful to consider the readings and arguments that lie behind them on my blog (https://terenceblake.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/laruelles-non-philosophy-principles-of-a-metaphysical-research-programme/) and on my academia page (https://independent.academia.edu/TerenceBlake/LARUELLE-AND-NON-PHILOSOPHY). … Lire la suite

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