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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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LARUELLE’S LAST HUMANITY (5): Laruelle’s pathologies and non-philosophy as self-healing

PURITY AND INTENSITY OF THOUGHT There is a great purity and intensity in Laruelle’s exigency of thought that account for its attraction. I am turning to his book THE LAST HUMANITY in the post-Covid context to see if he can … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE’S LAST HUMANITY (4): COLLAPSE AND MUTATION

MUTATION AND THE INVENTION OF CONCEPTS Laruelle’s book IN THE LAST HUMANITY The New Ecological Science (to give it its full title, translated literally) begins with the basic movement of his philosophical project: to revise concepts, to expand concepts beyond … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE’S LAST HUMANITY (3): Laruelle with Zizek

QUANTUM LIVING vs NEWTONIAN LIFE This Laruellean critique of « life » as a positive concept, one that needs to be transformed by a generic quantum operator, clarifies Zizek’s reserves over Adrian Johnston’s attempt to reformulate his philosophy in terms of biology … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE’S LAST HUMANITY (2): Non-Standard Biology

 LIVING-WITHOUT-LIFE It is useful in this context to turn to Laruelle’s recent work, THE LAST HUMANITY, to find a less philosophical, and more ecological (in a non-standard sense of ecology) conceptual frame capable of avoiding the traps implicit in the … Lire la suite

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LARUELLE’S LAST HUMANITY (1): Laruelle without Agamben

THE INEFFICIENCY OF SUFFICIENCY Thinking about the various philosophical responses to the Coronavirus epidemic, one is struck by how much they confirm Laruelle’s diagnosis of philosophical sufficiency. Those philosophers that have expressed their opinion on this subject have tended, as … Lire la suite

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DELEUZE ET DUNE: éloge de la divergence

ABSTRACT: DUNE est l’histoire d’un voyage initiatique qui tourne mal. Au lieu d’épanouir son individualité et de devenir le héros qui a dépassé son propre égoïsme et qui agit en vue de la libération de tous, Paul Atréides devient l’Empereur … Lire la suite

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LA CO-INVENTION D’UNE ÉPIDÉMIE: Agamben et le réel

PROGRAMME DE RECHERCHE NON STANDARD Le blog que vous êtes en train de lire, AGENT SWARM, est un blog de philosophiqe. Il est la matérialisation numérique d’un projet de recherche philosophique que je poursuis en ligne depuis dix ans. Le … Lire la suite

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ANTI-OEDIPUS (2): the first paragraph

A) Translation Published Translation It is at work everywhere, functioning smoothly at times, at other times in fits and starts. It breathes, it heats, it eats. It shits and fucks. What a mistake to have ever said the id. Everywhere … Lire la suite

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AGAMBEN: SUFFICIENCY AND AGENDA

NON-STANDARD RESEARCH PROGRAMME The blog you are reading, AGENT SWARM, is a digital research project in philosophy which I have maintained for ten years. Its subtitle is « Pluralism and Individuation in a world of becoming ». It is devoted to an … Lire la suite

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