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Benjamin Bratton’s THE REVENGE OF THE REAL (2): entanglement and (scientific) empiricism

11) META-ENTANGLEMENT Benjamin Bratton declares that contrary to the traditions of « blunt segregation » we must not blame « unnatural global entanglement » for the genesis of the epidemic. We are inextricably entangled with entanglement: « Entanglement is the baseline, not the exception » (2). … Lire la suite

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Benjamin Bratton’s THE REVENGE OF THE REAL (1): meta-philosophical stance and heuristic criteria of demarcation

Live-blogging reading Benjamin Bratton’s THE REVENGE OF THE REAL. 1) TESTABILITY The preface begins with a concern for testability. For Bratton the Covid-19 pandemic has put to the test (1) how our societies govern life and death (negative biogoverance) and … Lire la suite

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MORE LOGIC LESS SEX: Zizek’s replacement hypothesis

Contrary to a popular impression, Zizek has next to nothing to say about sex, sexuality, or even sexual difference. His books are in fact about logic, to such a degree that one can often replace the word « sex » with « logic » … Lire la suite

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SEMANTIC REDUCTIONISM IN COMPOUND WORDS: On « Cosmopolitics » and its lexical cognates

This post is a response to a cryptic tweet by Benjamin Bratton: «  »Cosmopolitics » will be looked upon as one of the most absurd and unfortunate intellectual trends of our time, the perfect compliment to waves of reactionary populism, pervasive denialist … Lire la suite

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SYMBOLS OF TRANSFORMATION: reductive or expansive

In SYMBOLS OF TRANSFORMATION Jung sometimes seems to suggest that Miss Miller’s base problem is erotic, at other times he evokes a conflict involving the whole of her being. This is in line with the tension in the book between … Lire la suite

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READING LOSURDO’S NIETZSCHE (2): the argument so far

I am attempting a free and honest reading (i.e. « cynically and with innocence ») of Domenico Losurdo’s book NIETZSCHE THE ARISTOCRATIC REBEL that has recently been published in English. POSTMODERNISM: rhetorical amalgam or neoliberal ideology Losurdo’s immediate enemy is what he … Lire la suite

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READING LOSURDO’S NIETZSCHE (1): wild intuitive essentialism

I have only just begun reading Losurdo’s NIETZSCHE and already I feel quite perplexed by his methodology. The book is written in a clear and engaging style and we learn lots of factoids about Nietzsche’s ideas at the time of … Lire la suite

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LOSURDO ON NIETZSCHE (3): anamorphic critique and parallax recoil

The conclusion of my analysis of the cultural context and the philosophical stakes of Losurdo’s NIETZSCHE is that anyone who is influenced by the thought of Lacan, Badiou, Zizek should be worried about this book. If they have come out … Lire la suite

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LOSURDO ON NIETZSCHE (4): the hermeneutics of misosophy

Having described the general cultural conjuncture and the philosophical conjuncture of the English translation of Losurdo’s book I will now consider some of the conceptual stakes of this English-language publication. and its reception. PROJECT: CONCEPTUAL LIQUIDATION I have no undying … Lire la suite

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LOSURDO ON NIETZSCHE (2): the death of the concept and its rebirth out of the spirit of Hegel

TROJAN HORSE AS COMRAD: the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy Having discussed the general cultural conjuncture of the the publication of Losurdo’s book in English I procede to analyse the philosophical conjuncture in the small sector of … Lire la suite

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