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François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN – Synthesis 2: SCIENCE AND DEMARCATION

Synthesis to Introduction Section 3 – From Philosophy to Theory: The Science of Ordinary Man After a reflection on his own methodology in relation to that of the sciences in Sections 1 and 2 Laruelle goes on to consider five … Lire la suite

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François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN Introduction 3.5 Human

From Philosophy to Theory 5: « human » is not a predicate, human = theory, noesis vs cognition, aliens, extraterrestrial intelligence, empirical claim or definitional posit, anthropology of science, sociology of science, Bruno Latour, Pierre Bourdieu, the cutting edge of the 1980s

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Graham Harman’s THE THIRD TABLE: A Revelatory Episode

Graham Harman’s THE THIRD TABLE is now officially available free online: http://bettinafuncke.com/100Notes/085_Harman.pdf Do not miss this quintessence of OOO, an essay that shows its intellectual bankruptcy, without the usual smokescreen of ad hoc epicycles. My analysis is available here: https://terenceblake.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/graham-harmans-the-third-table.pdfLire la suite

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François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN Introduction 3.4 Description

From Philosophy to Theory 4: humans as theory and experience, description as experience, how to be transcendentally unreflective, subject vis-à-vis ob-jects, the real object, the circular encyclopedia of known predicates and their combinations, not before (vis-à-vis) ob-jects but before (primary … Lire la suite

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François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN Introduction 3.3 Theory

From Philosophy to Theory 3: From Philosophy to Theory 3: philosophy is essentially practice, humans are theory, « care » as practice vs « care » as rigour, philosophical operations, the encyclopedia of known predicates, missed opportunities, dialogue vs discussion, semantic ascent, conceptual grammar … Lire la suite

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François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN Introduction 3.2 Anhypothetical Science

From Philosophy to Theory 2: against the cogito, real or absolute science of humans vs philosophy as hypothetical « science », breaking the circle, criteria, demarcation, testability, experience, trial and error, dialogue vs discussion, semantic ascent, philosophical magic, real magic, all-or-none logical … Lire la suite

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DUNA NOVA: notes sur DUNE Villeneuvisée

Les compte rendus positifs de DUNE sont souvent très intéressants mais un peu trop euphoriques. J’ai adoré le film et je n’ai pas vu le temps passer, mais j’étais mal à l’aise dès le début. Villeneuve procède par simplification et … Lire la suite

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François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN Introduction 3.1 Naiveté

From Philosophy to Theory 1: naiveté vs reflexivity, non-empirical experience, science does not construct but merges with its object, calculation (of predicates) vs thinking (with essences), breaking the correlationist circle – a version of the anthropo-logical difference, self-immunisation against criticism … Lire la suite

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Reader’s Guide to Zizek’s SEX AND THE FAILED ABSOLUTE I: Presentations (full transcript)

THE ONTOLOGY OF THE TITLE A) WITHDRAWAL AND THE LEAP In this chapter I begin my discussion of Slavoj Zizek’s SEX AND THE FAILED ABSOLUTE. To begin, I’m going to talk about the title and its ontology. And in fact, … Lire la suite

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Slavoj Zizek’s SEX AND THE FAILED ABSOLUTE I: Presentations

In this chapter I begin my discussion of Slavoj Zizek’s SEX AND THE FAILED ABSOLUTE and present its overall structure and general argument. Subjects discussed: withdrawal and the leap of reflection, the ontology of the title, quantum ascent and descent, … Lire la suite

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