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Reading BADIOU AND INDIFFERENT BEING by William Watkin

BADIOU AND INDIFFERENT BEING, by William Watkin, is a very useful and interesting book on Badiou’s “Platonic gesture” in ontology. It is the first volume of a projected two. The aim of this first volume is to begin re-read Badiou’s … Continue reading

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 AND ARRIVAL: a pedagogical cinema

Denis Villeneuve’s ARRIVAL is a brilliant film, thoughtful and moving, visually powerful and emotionally rewarding. I cannot recommend this film too highly. However, just as his BLADE RUNNER 2049 differentiates itself from the original BLADE RUNNER by providing an explicitation … Continue reading

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Zizek’s INCONTINENCE OF THE VOID (2): Deleuze/Zizek parallel or parallax

Zizek’s reply to his critics has important points in common with Deleuze’s “apology” in “Letter to a Harsh Critic”. In particular, both reject negative psycho-social interpretations of their person and work as malevolent, attempts to imprison them in stereotypes and … Continue reading

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Zizek’s INCONTINENCE OF THE VOID (1): the only good ontology is a failed ontology

Slavoj Zizek’s new book INCONTINENCE OF THE VOID embodies the latest stage in his ongoing “non-standard” metaphysical research programme. It is non-standard in that its “ontology” of the “barred One” is at the same time an exploration of “the impossibility … Continue reading

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FROM DIFFERENTIALISM TO PLURALISM

The so-called “philosophies of difference” had great importance in the 1960s in France, but by the end of the 60s something else was happening in thought. The “deconstruction” of structuralism was already under way. Difference is the master-concept of structuralist … Continue reading

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LARUELLE’S PERFORMATIVE IDEALISM: a god of the gaps

In this post, now greatly expanded and re-written, I show the explanatory power of viewing Laruelle’s non-philosophy as a metaphysical research programme. Laruelle’s blind spot with respect to other “non-standard thinkers” such as Deleuze and Guattari, Latour, Stiegler, Zizek, and … Continue reading

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AGAINST DELEUZE DITHYRAMBS: is your univocity immanently schizo?

I agree with Artxell Knaphni that the words “immanence” and “transcendence” belong to a conceptual metaphorics. Deleuze’s own use of “immanence” is in danger of being self-contradictory, as the intended anti-foundational meaning of the word can be negated by its … Continue reading

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