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SEX AND THE FAILED ABSOLUTE (5): a puzzling example of absolute knowledge

After a general introduction (The Unorientable Space of Dialectical Materialism) which sets the context and summarises the argument, the book begins with a chapter entitled THEOREM I: THE PARALLAX OF ONTOLOGY. The incipit of this chapter contains a brief summary … Lire la suite

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SEX AND THE FAILED ABSOLUTE (4): the heuristic core

Zizek’s SEX AND THE FAILED ABSOLUTE has an interesting and unusual structure. In the interest of de-schematising his thought he has resorted to a quasi-mathematical form of presentation: a nested layout of theorems, corollaries, and scholia. The book contains 480 … Lire la suite

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LYOTARD AND GRAND NARRATIVES: Lyotard, Althusser, Serres

Lyotard is not in fact against grand narratives as such, but against their dogmatically exclusive foundational use, that is why he calls them « grand narratives of legitimation ». If one subtracts the dogmatic and exclusive elements, he can accept grand syntheses … Lire la suite

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POSTSCRIPT ON CORRELATIONISM

1) Correlationism is a pseudo-problem. It observes the occurrence of communicative closure and proceeds to absolutise it. We are each enclosed in our « correlationist » sphere and cannot get out. 2) This is picture-thinking, and underlying it is the problem of … Lire la suite

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NOTES ON OBJECT-ORIENTED ONTOLOGY

1) Objectification is OOO’s image of thought. Thinking with objects is not the same as thinking with facts (Wittgenstein), thinking with events (Deleuze), thinking with Truths (Badiou), or thinking with Subject (no article, no -s, Zizek). 1.1 Pan-objectism: the heuristic … Lire la suite

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BADIOU’S CRITIQUE OF LYOTARD (1): against the subjectivity of waiting

(source: seminar IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS, academic year 2012-2013, class December 12, 2012, my translation) Badiou’s strategy in THE IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS  involves beginning with a critique of the dominant ideology of modern society, one which is no longer based on … Lire la suite

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INTERMITTENT MELANCHOLIA: on a recurrent feeling of conceptual penury

This post is not so much in response to as in dialogue with a post on the Xenogothic blog reflecting on the current state of Theory and of its online discussions and deliberations. The original article is a very interesting … Lire la suite

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