Science and Metaphysics in The Matrix and eXistenZ

| Listen on YouTube | Download PDF | In his Organs Without Bodies Slavoj Žižek points out Deleuze’s emphasis on the passage from metaphor and towards metamorphosis in terms of the difference between “machines replacing humans” and the “becoming-machine of humans.” The problem is not how to reduce mind to neuronal “material” processes (to replace the … Continue reading Science and Metaphysics in The Matrix and eXistenZ

Interview on Creativity in Literature, Cinema, and Philosophy

| By Simge Çerkezoğlu | 2 June 2018 | Video | | Arkın University of Creative Arts and Design | “Literature is to write what one has not personally experienced as well. The aim is to present quality works to the world of literature. And while doing this, I try to explain that in literature, in particular, one needs to write not just … Continue reading Interview on Creativity in Literature, Cinema, and Philosophy

Desert Islands – Gilles Deleuze

Geographers say there are two kinds of islands. This is valuable information for the imagination because it confirms what the imagination already knew. Nor is it the only case where science makes mythology more concrete, and mythology makes science more vivid. Continental islands are accidental, derived islands. They are separated from a continent, born of … Continue reading Desert Islands – Gilles Deleuze

Artaud, Deleuze, and the Will to Nothingness (Audio Essay)

This is a slice of my doctoral dissertation from back in 2009, first written in 2007. Bliss is to have the technology now making it possible to share it in this Audio/Video format after all these years. I'll further elaborate the effects of listening to one's old writings read out loud in the times to … Continue reading Artaud, Deleuze, and the Will to Nothingness (Audio Essay)

Gilles Deleuze’s Postscript on the Societies of Control (Video)

 "Could it be that Deleuze's most lasting legacy will lie in his "Postscript on Control Societies," a mere 2,300 word essay from 1990? Such a strange little text, it bears not the same Deleuzean voice so familiar from his other writings. Cynics will grumble it falls short of the great books of '68-'69 or the … Continue reading Gilles Deleuze’s Postscript on the Societies of Control (Video)

Hegel’s Night of the World: The Philosophy of Spirit (Jena Lectures)

PART I. Spirit according to its Concept A. Intelligence In Spirit, the subsistence of an object – its space – is Being. Being is the abstract, pure concept of subsistence. I and the thing are in space. Space is posited as essentially distinct from its content. It is not the essence of its fulfilment itself. … Continue reading Hegel’s Night of the World: The Philosophy of Spirit (Jena Lectures)

The Immanence of Truths – Alain Badiou

  THE IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS is Alain Badiou's forthcoming sequel to Being and Event, and Logics of Worlds... Here is Terence Blake's translation of the book's contents page shared by François Nicolas... General Introduction Speculative Strategy Immanence, finitude, infinity The absolute ontological referent The two possible readings of this book Prologue. Formal Presentation of the absolute … Continue reading The Immanence of Truths – Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou: What is Called a Failure?

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The mid-1970s saw the begin­nings of the ebb the ‘red dec­ade’ ushered in by the fourfold cir­cum­stances of national lib­er­a­tion struggles (in Viet­nam and Palestine in par­tic­u­lar), the world­wide stu­dent and youth move­ment (Ger­many, Japan, the USA, Mex­ico . . .), fact­ory revolts (France and Italy) and the Cul­tural Revolu­tion in China. It finds its sub­ject­ive form in a resigned sur­render, in a return to cus­toms — includ­ing elect­oral cus­toms – defer­ence towards the cap­italo-par­lia­ment­arian or ‘West­ern’ order, and the con­vic­tion that to want some­thing bet­ter is to want some­thing worse. It finds its intel­lec­tual form in what, in France, acquired the very strange name of ‘the new philo­sophy’. Des­pite the change of name, we have here, almost unchanged, all the argu­ments of the Amer­ican anti-com­mun­ism of the 1950s: social­ist regimes are loath­some des­pot­isms and bloody dic­tat­or­ships. At the level of the state, this social­ist ‘total­it­ari­an­ism’ must be con­tras­ted with…

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Altering the Supposedly Predestined Future: Utopia as Method, Structure, and Process

| Click Here to Listen | Recommended Voice: Hazel (English - GB) “It is easier, someone once said, to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism: and with that the idea of a revolution overthrowing capitalism seems to have vanished.” ~ Fredric Jameson, An American Utopia: Dual Power and the Universal Army. … Continue reading Altering the Supposedly Predestined Future: Utopia as Method, Structure, and Process