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ARE FLUXES FLOWS? A Deleuzo-Guattarian Conundrum

In Deleuze and Guattari’s collaborative works in the original French the word « flux » crops up constantly and is a central technical term in their philosophy. The English translations render this one French word randomly as « flux » or « flow », jumping from … Lire la suite

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THE MYTH OF FRENCH RELATIVISM: liquidationists vs affirmationists

Far from trail-blazing a new paradigm in the comprehension of Nietzsche, Domenico Losurdo, with the publication of his book NIETZSCHE THE ARISTOCRATIC REBEL is a late-comer to the actual battle for hegemony based on an ongoing « radical » ressentiment against post-68 … Lire la suite

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INVERTING VS OVERTURNING PLATONISM: against Deleuzean clichés

« The task of modern philosophy has been defined: to overturn Platonism [which] means denying the primacy of original over copy, of model over image; glorifying the reign of simulacra and reflections ». (Cited on twitter by Justin justin (@nonpedagogy) from Deleuze … Lire la suite

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DEPTH AND RELATIONAL ONTOLOGIES: OOO – provocation, incomprehension or projection?

The problem of ontological depth: « If entities are defined by their relations, this deprives them of any depth beyond their current deployment in the world, and there is no reason that anything would ever change » – Graham Harman This provocative … Lire la suite

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PROAMNESIS: forgetting Badiou’s maths

This post is part of my ongoing discussion of Alain Badiou’s IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS and allows me to give an overview of my general approach to philosophy in this blog. To be clear, I think we must seriously and thoroughly … Lire la suite

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BADIOU’S LAW: the waste is the product

Badiou in IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS speaks of the difference between the « déchet » (finite) and the « oeuvre » (infinite). « Déchet » poses a difficult problem of translation. In the recently published English translation it is rendered as « waste product », which is correct but … Lire la suite

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INCOMMENSURABLES OR CONCEPTUAL CROSSINGS? (both are necessary)

My basic idea is that different research programmes, or « traditions », may well be incommensurable in a strong sense when taken as abstract traditions and be compartmentalised, mutually hermetically sealed, with nothing to say to each other (semantic incommensurability and deductive … Lire la suite

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LAYERS OF THEORY, DEALING WITH THE REAL: a note on the layer-cake model

In my recent posts on Badiou’s method I am making no unusual or unduly metaphysical claims about the logic of necessity or the nature of reality.. I am merely starting out from the famous « layer-cake » model of testing starting with … Lire la suite

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BRIDGE LAWS AND CATEGORY-CROSSINGS: on the relation between philosophical propositions and truth procedures

Far from privileging the « poetic » my interpretation is methodological, I have been applying Popper’s and Lakatos’s multi-layered concept of « metaphysical research programmes » to contemporary French philosophy for the twelve years of existence of my blog. The emphasis of my reading … Lire la suite

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BADIOU’S LADDER (2): Poetry – truth procedures as conceptual characters

In my previous post I discussed Badiou’s method of taking one particular truth procedure, in his case mathematics, and proceding by a form to guided abduction to elaborate speculative hypotheses at the more general philosophical level (noetic ascent) that could … Lire la suite

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