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…

Badiou: Down with Death!

Alain Badiou Let’s start from the notion of nihilism. What does it mean? Nihilism is a figuration, a diagnostic on the state of the world and of thought, which established itself in the nineteenth century (we could argue that in a certain sense the first nihilist philosophy was Schopenhauer’s) on the ruins of the old…

Revolution of the Present (Full Film)

“Humanity seems to be stuck in the perpetual now that is our networked world. More countries are witnessing people taking to the streets in search of answers. Revolution of the Present, the film, features interviews with thought leaders designed to give meaning to our present and precarious condition. This historic journey allows us to re-think…

Being, Non-Being and Becoming Non-Identical of the Subject as ∅

If the one is not, nothing is. ~ Parmenides In a recent article citing my Postnihilistic Speculations on That Which Is Not: A Thought-World According to an Ontology of Non-Being, the giant of philosophical blogosphere and my fellow para-academic colleague S.C. Hickman has succintly outlined the roots of contemporary ontology. Drawing upon Parmenides, Plato, Meillassoux, Žižek and…

Hermetico-Promethean Postnihilism

  To begin at the beginning we shall say that philosophy is the dialectical process of truth in time, it is an infinite questioning of that which is known, a continuity in change of the unknown, a practice of situating eternity in time. Without a relation to the requirements of one’s own time philosophy may…

Altering the Supposedly Predestined Future

The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. ~ Karl Marx   We live on the cusp of things, an age when the human Anthroposcene is giving way to the inhuman. Nature no longer exists. We’re all artificial now. The engine of inhumanism is eating reality alive…

The Future History of a Non-Reductive Philosophical Agenda

Situating Neuroscience in the Context of Transcendental Realism/Materialism and Non-Reductive Naturalism Inferential Rationality The question I had in mind as I was in search of funding for a research project that would enable me to write “a book comparing the ontological and the epistemological modes of being and thinking in and through which the subject…

A letter from Badiou to Deleuze on Heidegger (July 1994)

I would like to resume, today, the parallel between you and Heidegger that I was sketching in my last letter. 1) A crucial difference seems to count against the comparison. In your work there is no “historial” set up, of the type “history of the forgetting of being”, “decline”, etc. As you say, you are…

Alain Badiou on Communism and Multiculturalism

The Red Flag and the Tricolore 1. Background: the world situation Today the figure of global capitalism has taken over the entire world. The world is subject to the ruling international oligarchy and enslaved to the abstraction of money – the only recognised universal. Our own time is the painful interval between the end of…

Hegel’s Science of Logic: Quantum

C. QUANTITATIVE INFINITY (a) Its Notion § 497 Quantum alters and becomes another quantum; the further determination of this alteration, namely, that it goes on to infinity, lies in the circumstance that quantum is established as being immanently self-contradictory. Quantum becomes an other; but it continues itself into its otherness; the other is thus also…

Gilles Deleuze’s Opus Corpus and Beyond (1925 – 1995)

CONFERENCES Deleuze, Philosophy, Transdisciplinarity, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, February 10-11, 2012   Deleuze and Visual Art, Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Nederlands Genootschap voor Esthetica, October 14, 2010   Deleuze in Context, Department of Philosophy, University of Dundee, September 24, 2010 Deleuze and Nomadic Methodologies, Amsterdam School of…

Slavoj Žižek On 9/11: New Yorkers faced the fire in the minds of men

Two Hollywood films mark 9/11’s fifth anniversary: Paul Greengrass’s United 93 and Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center. Both adopt a terse, realistic depiction of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. There is undoubtedly a touch of authenticity to them and most critics have praised their sober styles and avoidance of sensationalism. But it is the touch…

Zeno’s Paradox as an Image of Time

Originally posted on Southern Nights:
It’s odd how things at rest are moving, and my eye cannot see it, yet believes it; now if the resting object is in motion, is there a place of rest beyond its moving? And yet old Zeno gave us his paradox, which as one would have it tells us…

The Ontologies of Resistance from Senselogic to Cybersense

All your data, all your base… This study is a venture into the relationship between humanities/social sciences and the emerging technologies such as the software programs extracting and analysing Big Data in all its complexity. The name given to these complex data sets constituted by an inordinate measure of raw data intense in variety, massive…

The Event as Slavoj Zizek puts it

“A tsunami killed more than 200,000 people in Indonesia!” “The people have won! The dictator has run away!” “How is something as beautiful as Beethoven’s last piano sonata even possible?” All these statements refer to what some of us would consider an event . . . An “Event” can refer to a devastating natural disaster or to the…

The Prejudice Against Prometheus ~ Alberto Toscano

Whether the dominated think the thoughts of the dominant, or the dominant traduce those of the dominated, a certain affinity between pro- and anti-systemic ideologies is a common feature of discursive contests. Insofar as the forms of our social intercourse are recoded in our theories, this is no surprise. With the declaration that the age…

Ray Brassier on the future and what it means to orient oneself toward it (video)

Raymond Brassier Universities & Education Event Date Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:00pm EDT — Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:00pm EDT About Raymond Brassier is a philosopher and a translator of Alain Badiou and Quentin Meillassoux. Author of Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction and a participant in the original “Speculative Realism” conference, he will discuss what…

Graphing the history of philosophy

Originally posted on Drunks&Lampposts:
A close up of ancient and medieval philosophy ending at Descartes and Leibniz If you are interested in this data set you might like my latest post where I use it to make book recommendations. This one came about because I was searching for a data set on horror…

Epictetus: Affirmation as Negation

Do not seek to have events happen as you want them to, but instead want them to happen as they do happen, and your life will go well…[16] ~ Epictetus We continually have to work on turning everything that happens to us in this life into “for the good.” For everything good or bad to become…