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Speculative Solution: Quentin Meillassoux and Florian Hecker Talk Hyperchaos


This conversation took place during the development of Florian Hecker’s piece Speculative Solution, an Urbanomic commission that explored Quentin Meillassoux’s concept of ‘Hyperchaos’

Chez Meillassoux, Paris, 22 July 2010.

florian hecker: I’m very interested in this notion of surprise and sudden change in sound; so that one state of something could change into something totally different at times during the piece, and there would be no apparent connection from the process that manifests one sonic structure to the next one. When Robin pointed out your book [After Finitude1] to me, at the time I was working on Acid in the Style of David Tudor, which had this very direct, maybe literal, idea of a quasi-sonification of chaotic equations as the source of sound. However, many pieces I have been working on don’t have such a literal relation of using nonlinear functions to synthesize certain…

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Avoiding the Void


Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction

Ray Brassier Interviewed by Richard Marshall…


In a telling formulation, Sellars suggests the Manifest Image is the medium in which humans first encountered themselves as humans, by which I think he means it is the manifestation of a kind of human self-consciousness: the medium in which we conceive of ourselves as humans engaged in pursuing various practical and cognitive goals.’

the myth of Jones proposes that we did not always understand ourselves as minded beings motivated by thoughts and sensations; we had to learn how to do this and acquiring the resources to do so was a momentous step in our cognitive evolution.

One of Sellars’s deepest insights is the idea that to characterize someone as thinking is not to give an empirical description of them but to situate them in the logical space of “giving and asking for reasons.”…

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Mark Fisher – Nubureaucracy and Capitalist Realism

Date: 12 February 2010 Mark Fisher – Nubureaucracy and Capitalist Realism "Neoliberalism presents itself as the enemy of bureaucracy, the destroyer of the nanny state and the eliminator of red tape. Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism(Zer0 books, 2009) argues that, contrary to this widely accepted story, bureaucracy has proliferated under neoliberalism. Far from decreasing, bureaucracy has... Continue Reading →

Justice, Normativity, Temporality

My aim in carrying out this research project is to revise and update the contemporary conceptualizations of what it means to be just. I will initially analyse the status of justice in relation to normativity and temporality, especially focusing on how it furthers our understanding of the concept of justice to situate it in the... Continue Reading →

Kantian Reflections on Science, Metaphysics, and the Future of Time: Situating Kant’s Spatio-Temporal Modalities of Being and Thought in Contemporary Philosophy and Neuroscience

Inferential Rationality Kant’s initial project was to explicate the difference between “knowing-what” (pure reason) and “knowing-how” (practical reason) in the way of laying the foundations of a scientific metaphysics. Counter to Descartes[1] and Hume[2] he aimed at situating the subject within the limits of what can be known by rational human beings. The Kantian subject... Continue Reading →

A Conversation with Alain Badiou on Corrupting the Youth


 | Alain Badiou | 02 September 2016 | Versobooks.com|

At 79 years of age the philosopher Alain Badiou surveys the youth: the youth whom liberalism has left without a compass, the youth tempted by Daesh, and so, too, his own youth, marked by communism, to which he remains faithful. Interview by Juliette Cerf for Télérama. Translation by David Broder

Faithful at whatever cost to the Maoist ideals of his youth, applauded by some and jeered by others, this politically-committed philosopher is the author of a multi-faceted oeuvre that has been translated worldwide. It ranges from metaphysical tomes based on mathematics like Being and Event and Logics of Worlds — soon to be followed by a third volume, L’Immanence des vérités — to a series of political interventions named Circonstances, via plays for the stage, seminars on the great thinkers of the philosophical tradition, books for the wider public…

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İki Dervişin İbret Verici Hikâyesi

Çok uzun yıllar öncesine ait bir krallıkta yaşayan ve son derece disiplinli bir okulun üyesi olan bilge bir derviş vardı. Bu bilge derviş günlerden bir gün bir gölün kıyısında yürürken ahlâk ve bilgelik gibi konular üzerine derin düşüncelere dalmıştı. Yıllarca peygamberin öğretileri üzerine kafa patlatmış ve dinin kutsal dilini öğrenmek suretiyle Tanrı’nın yüce aydınlanmasıyla kutsanıp... Continue Reading →

The Trouble With Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis



13781804_814568355309280_3122299712074861924_nIs pleasure a rotten idea, mired in negativity and lack, which should be abandoned in favor of a new concept of desire? Or is desire itself fundamentally a matter of lack, absence, and loss? This is one of the crucial issues dividing the work of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Lacan, two of the most formidable figures of postwar French thought. Though the encounter with psychoanalysis deeply marked Deleuze’s work, we are yet to have a critical account of the very different postures he adopted toward psychoanalysis, and especially Lacanian theory, throughout his career. In The Trouble with Pleasure, Aaron Schuster tackles this tangled relationship head on. The result is neither a Lacanian reading of Deleuze nor a Deleuzian reading of Lacan but rather a systematic and comparative analysis that identifies concerns common to both thinkers and their ultimately incompatible ways of addressing them. Schuster focuses on drive and desire—the strange…

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Prometheanism 2.0 – Introduction by Bassam El Baroni

Prometheanism is an ‘-ism’ derived from its namesake the Titan Prometheus who stole fire from the Gods of Greek mythology and taught humans how to make their own tools. Prometheus’s name means ‘forethought’, his Titan brother was Epimetheus meaning ‘afterthought’, Prometheus’s course was driven by his brother’s erratic actions when they were both given the... Continue Reading →

Sinemaya Yamuk Bakmak: Zizek Bize Ne Anlatmaya Çalışıyor?

Yazar: Kürşat Saygılı / 28 Mart, 2016 / Eleştiriler / Sinema Yazıları Slavoj Zizek; Walter Benjamin’den aldığı argümanla “teorik açıdan verimli ve yıkıcı bir işlem olarak bir kültürün en yüksek tinsel ürünlerini, aynı kültürün sıradan, bayağı, dünyevi ürünleriyle birlikte okumayı” [1] deneyerek  popüler kültür metinlerini Hegel, Kant, Marx, Freud ve Lacan gibi filozofların teori ve kavramları ile açıklamaya çalışır. Zizek’e göre sinema ideolojinin operasyonlarını tahlil edip... Continue Reading →

Journeys to the Center of the Earth

Our planet's core powers a magnetic field that shields us from a hostile cosmos. But how does it really work? By Tim Folger|Monday, July 14, 2014 RELATED TAGS: EARTH SCIENCE - 325 On the remote Kola Peninsula in northwestern Russia, amid the rusting ruins of an abandoned scientific research station, is the deepest hole in... Continue Reading →

Deleuze Speaks to Stivale

Comparative Literature As we all know, the unwanted attentions of Jehovah Witnesses can be deflected simply by invoking the “Old Religion”. But what if you were to be doorstepped by someone hawking “analytical tools for the humanities and social sciences”? Would you know what to do? [...] In retrospect, I realize now the extent to... Continue Reading →

 Oligarchy Disguised as Democracy 

Herein is exposed the representation of the real as if it is not a representation but the real itself… In other words, a truth is expressed delineating the representation of the pseudo-real of capitalism disguised as the presentation of the real conditions of existence…

“Such a state of affairs was, in Michels’ view, not attributable to the people in those parties being evil or uncommitted to their cause, but was inherent in the very structure of the new ‘democratic’ political system. In a world of competitive elections, where radical, progressive movements had to overcome opposition from well-resourced establishment elites in order to win power, they would be forced to adopt an internal organization that was both efficient and hierarchical. In the interests of creating a party machine capable of delivering victory at the polls, power would need to be delegated to specific people within the party, and anyone who held power, even for a short time, could be able to consolidate their position and grow that power base. Marginal as that power might be in the beginning, it would grow, and in time the people’s movements would become bureaucratic top-down behemoths, mirroring the very aristocracy they sought to supplant.”

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He who says organization, says oligarchy.

So wrote German sociologist Robert Michels during the formation of Europe’s big tent ‘people’s parties’ a century ago. According to Michels—a committed realist, as we shall see—even the most radical and progressive of these new parties would eventually succumb to what he termed ‘the iron law of oligarchy’.

Source: How We Can Overcome Oligarchy Disguised as Democracy | Alternet

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The Object Smasher; or, the Philosophy of Rubble

Southern Nights

“Literature is about turning the pre-verbal — if not pre-linguistic — objects into verbal objects with symbolic meanings attached to them. Literature constructs a world in which the objects gain new significance.”
…..– Cengiz Erdem on May 26, 2010

For though in nature nothing really exists besides individual bodies, performing pure individual acts according to a fixed law, yet in philosophy this very law, and the investigation, discovery, and explanation of it, is the foundation as well of knowledge as of operation. And it is this law with its clauses that I mean when I speak of forms, a name which I the rather adopt because it has grown into use and become familiar.”
……– Francis Bacon, Novum Organum: Book Two, II

This is a republish and revised edition of an earlier post on Graham Harman’s Object-Oriented Ontology. Descriptions of materialism below are of those physicalists and reductionsists, rather than…

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The Ecstasy of Kronos from Mortal Thought

It has been said by the poets, servants of the Highest:

Kronos, subduer of his sublime father Uranus,

Was exiled to the abyssal depths in the wake of

His double defeat at the hands of his wife and son.

Kronos castrated the god of the eternal Heavens, and

Aphrodite, goddess of Earthly Love, born of the phallus,

Rose naked from bloody foam upon the surface of the sea.

With the usurpation, haunted by ominous prophesy of his

Overthrow by his child, Kronos began to consume

Each of his children just after their births.

His first defeat came from the wrath of his

Wife Rhea, in revenge for his ingestion of

Her children, as he sought to flee his Fate.

Rhea saved her youngest child, Zeus, by

Deception, giving Kronos, after the birth,

A stone, wrapped in swaddling clothes.

After his upbringing by nymphs and goddesses,

Zeus returned with their arts, and giving Kronos

A poison, made him vomit up his immortal children.

Liberated, his brothers and sisters ascended to

Olympus, whereupon Zeus cast his defeated

Father into the abysmal depths of Tartarus.

The second defeat of Kronos occurred when he and his fellow

Titans rose in insurrection and war against the Olympians, their attempt

Narrowly suppressed, the Titans again consigned to the nebulous abyss.

Kronos endured his time, witnessing the centuries of fidelity

To his immortal children until their worship was silenced by

Agitators of a narrative of salvation, of God made flesh.

Mouths spread the story of Eternity descending into time,

Of a heroic god conquering Time and Death, with

Promises of salvation for the mortals of the Word.

The ancient stories of the gods were cast into oblivion,

Along with their wisdom, for one thousand years by the

Poets of the god-man, proclaiming him to be the final truth.

Yet, with their proclamation, Truth, herself, awakens, contesting

The hubris of the new claim as just another fleeting illusion of time,

As with all stories of mortals, children of Prometheus, the Titan.

The goddess of truth set them each upon the other,

In the agon, the One God, who commanded

There shall be no other gods, descended into Chaos.

The stories of the God proliferated in strife, as a hydra,

The new religion shattered amidst the inexorable flux

Of the Nameless, the god made flesh, captive of time.

Seizing the moment of his liberation, in his ecstasy,

Kronos again castrates Eternity, repeating his first

Godlike act, giving to mortals their allotment of memory.

A goddess again ascends from bloody foam, Historia,

The youngest daughter of Kronos, who inhabits the

Vortex of love and strife, a still monstrous site.

Agitators of denial still fight to the death over that

Which must forever remain incomprehensible, destroying

What is Holy in the name of a religiosity of hubris.

Religions of power, unholy politics of the soul, the

Poets of immortal illusions still seek to poison

Time and Earth, the Kronian revolution still on its way.

Yet, there are other poets, however, who are still here,

Amid the strife of mortal existence, who maintain

The remembrance of the Holy, and of the gods.

Traces remain of that which is nearest, and in intimacy

Seek to incite the urgency and intensity of a feeling

That awakens the ecstatic openness of the possible.

James Luchte: Philosophy

This is a poem which opens Mortal Thought: Holderlin and Philosophy, which will be published by Bloomsbury on July 28, 2016.


It has been said by the poets, servants of the Highest:

Kronos, subduer of his sublime father Uranus,

Was exiled to the abyssal depths in the wake of

His double defeat at the hands of his wife and son.

Kronos castrated the god of the eternal Heavens, and

Aphrodite, goddess of Earthly Love, born of the phallus,

Rose naked from bloody foam upon the surface of the sea.

With the usurpation, haunted by ominous prophesy of his

Overthrow by his child, Kronos began to consume

Each of his children just after their births.

His first defeat came from the wrath of his

Wife Rhea, in revenge for his ingestion of

Her children, as he sought to flee his Fate.

Rhea saved her youngest child, Zeus, by

Deception, giving…

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