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François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN Video Book: Synthesis 1

These syntheses draw out the lessons and advice for us that can be found in Laruelle’s process of thought as he proceeds through the book. This first synthetic chapter considers the heuristics of thinking that are extracted and explored in … Lire la suite

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François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN Hyper-reading 2: Motivations (full transcript)

In this chapter, I’d like to discuss why we should read Laruelle, what interest is there in reading Laruelle in general and A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN in particular? In the first chapter, we presented the book, and at least … Lire la suite

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François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN Hyper-reading 1: Presentations (full transcript)

I want to make a Hyper-Book Reader’s Guide to a book by François Laruelle, A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN, which was translated into English only recently, in 2018. And I think it was translated at the right time, in a … Lire la suite

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HYPER-LARUELLE: From video book to Hyper-Book and Hyper-Reading

EXPERIMENT I am carrying out an experiment in creating a philosophical « hyper-book », a multi-dimensional multi-platform work in progress aimed at giving to the interested public the first book length commentary on François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN. Although the … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE AND THE « MYTH OF THE GIVEN »: notes on the coincidence principle

In A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN François Laruelle begins with a thoroughgoing critique of the myth of the given as evidenced in the human sciences, and this includes epistem-ology, even the epistemology of the hard sciences. In order to set … Lire la suite

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TESTABILITY AND LARUELLE’S « RIGOROUS SCIENCE OF MAN »

In his A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN Laruelle affirms that his « rigorous science of man  » is a « non-empirical science », but one that is based on experience. These two affirmations taken together may seem to make the status of his … Lire la suite

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ANNEX 4: Reading HERESIES part 1

This is a commentary on an interview with François Laruelle first published in French in 1986. English translation here: https://endemictheory.wordpress.com/2021/01/07/translation-of-francois-laruelle-heresy-an-interview-with-jean-didier-wagneur/Subjects discussed: philo-rigid vs philo-fluid, linear order vs aleatory or dispersive order, the deeper problematic of the relation between individual and … Lire la suite

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François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN Video Reading: Introduction 2B

Pages 9-10. Subjects discussed: Badiou, Sartre, Heidegger, thought as questioning, lived experience, testability, transcendental immediate givens, against principles

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SOMETIMES THE MOON IS A FINGER

I threw myself into my video project on Laruelle with no clear idea, one morning I woke up thinking in fact I’m writing a book, a book of a new kind – a video book, so I reorganised things accordingly. … Lire la suite

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ANNEX 3: Thinking Zizek with Laruelle

In the 1980s, Laruelle’s radical thought experiment led him to a thought of the Absolute as primary and to envisage the Absolute as subject. He analyses the failure of symbolisation to capture the real, both in the failure of structuralist … Lire la suite

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