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 … Continue reading The Future History of a Non-Reductive Philosophical Agenda

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Quentin Meillassoux’s Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction out there now from Univocal

Univocal Publishing ISBN/Code: 9781937561482 Description Details Author Bio Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction by Quentin Meillassoux Imagining a fiction where science is impossible. "In Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction, Quentin Meillassoux addresses the problem of chaos and of the constancy of natural laws in the context of literature. With his usual argumentative rigor, he elucidates the distinction … Continue reading Quentin Meillassoux’s Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction out there now from Univocal

Postnihilistic Speculations on That Which Is Not: A Thought-World According to an Ontology of Non-Being

When everything appears similar, nothing really is... ~ Alain Badiou Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away...  ~ Philip K. Dick It is easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism... ~ Fredric Jameson If you are trapped within the dream … Continue reading Postnihilistic Speculations on That Which Is Not: A Thought-World According to an Ontology of Non-Being

The Place of the Real and the Vocation of the Artist, Philosopher, and Theorist (via Larval Subjects.)

A wonderful presentation of the creative subject in relation to art, philosophy, and theory from Levi Bryant... It is shameful whenever the philosopher, theorist, or artist bow to the exigencies of the "pragmatic". When I evoke pragmatism here I am not referring to the philosophical school known as pragmatism, but rather to the term "pragmatism" … Continue reading The Place of the Real and the Vocation of the Artist, Philosopher, and Theorist (via Larval Subjects.)

Speculative Realism/OOO Workshop (Cyprus, 2012)

Apropos the recent call for panel participants our proposal has been accepted for The 13th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas. The SR/OOO panel will be included under Section V: Religion, Philosophy, Anthropology, Psychology, Language. You can see the abstract and call for further participants here. So far we … Continue reading Speculative Realism/OOO Workshop (Cyprus, 2012)

That’s Weird (Hypertiling Fabio on Miéville, Lovecraft, and Meillassoux)

Yesterday I’ve listened to the recording of China Miéville‘s talk at Kingston University on ‘The Weird’ in fiction and politics (by the way, I’m not sure who runs the Backdoor Broadcasting Company, but they have my deepest respect for what they do). Given my sceptical stance towards the porting of weird tropes and language from … Continue reading That’s Weird (Hypertiling Fabio on Miéville, Lovecraft, and Meillassoux)

Transcendental Realism (Audio via Deontologistics)

Greetings to all. It’s a bit late for an update, but, as others have already noted (here and here), the Transcendental Realism Workshop that happened last week went very well. I was most pleased with the way the various papers fitted together. A number of important issues recurred throughout the whole day: the relation between … Continue reading Transcendental Realism (Audio via Deontologistics)

The Weird: a discussion of fiction and politics with China Miéville

Event Date: 2 March 2011 Kingston University JG0002, John Galsworthy Building Penrhyn Road Campus Kingston KT1 2EE At the start of the twentieth century, H. P . Lovecraft summed up the encounter between horror and strangeness as ‘pictures of shattered natural laws’ and encounters with ‘cosmic outsideness’. At the start of the 21st century, the … Continue reading The Weird: a discussion of fiction and politics with China Miéville

Mortal, All Too Mortal: Post-Nihilistic Speculations from Dr. Lawgiverz (3)

If you were to ask me at gunpoint, like Hollywood producers who are too stupid to read books and say, "give me the punchline," and were to demand, "Three sentences. What are you really trying to do?" I would say, Screw ideology. Screw movie analyses. What really interests me is the following insight: if you … Continue reading Mortal, All Too Mortal: Post-Nihilistic Speculations from Dr. Lawgiverz (3)

Speculations II as a PDF (via Public Praxis)

Download Speculations II as a PDF. Articles Tractatus Mathematico-Politicus – Christopher Norris The Philosopher, the Sophist, the Undercurrent and Alain Badiou – Marianna Papastefanou On the Reality and Construction of Hyperobjects with reference to Class – Levi Bryant Structure, Sense, and Territory – Michael Austin The Anxiousness of Objects – Robert Jackson The Cubist Object … Continue reading Speculations II as a PDF (via Public Praxis)

Laruellian/Lacanian Clones (via Naught Thought)

Of the various terms that Francois Laruelle utilizes in his non-philosophy, none is odder than cloning. Non-philosophical cloning is the performative method by which and from which, the stranger (or alien-subject) utilizes the transcendental material which comprises the world in order to foster new decisions and break current philosophical horizons. Where all philosophical thought according … Continue reading Laruellian/Lacanian Clones (via Naught Thought)

Graham Harman interviewed (via Dialogica Fantastica)

Intro: We welcome Graham Harman of the American University of Cairo, the most well known protagonist of ‘Object Oriented Philosophy’ – a system of thought which takes ‘things’ to be central to existence, and which classes humans as just one of those things. Harman cut his teeth reading Heidegger in his teens, and it was … Continue reading Graham Harman interviewed (via Dialogica Fantastica)

Ray Brassier interviewed by Marcin Rychter: “I am a nihilist because I still believe in truth.”

KRONOS: 'Nihilism' is one of the most ambiguous philosophical concepts. What is your idea of it? Would you consider yourself a nihilist? Does nihilism totally exclude religion? What about Meillassoux's nihilistic faith fuelled by the inexistence of God? RB: Very simply, nihilism is a crisis of meaning. This crisis is historically conditioned, because what we … Continue reading Ray Brassier interviewed by Marcin Rychter: “I am a nihilist because I still believe in truth.”

Speculations II: Table of Contents Ready (via Hyper tiling)

Articles Tractatus Mathematico-Politicus – Christopher Norris The Philosopher, the Sophist, the Undercurrent and Alain Badiou – Marianna Papastefanou On the Reality and Construction of Hyperobjects with reference to Class – Levi Bryant Structure, Sense, and Territory – Michael Austin The Anxiousness of Objects – Robert Jackson The Cubist Object – Hilan Bensusan On the possibility … Continue reading Speculations II: Table of Contents Ready (via Hyper tiling)

Bataille and the Surrealists: Is Pineal Eye an Organ Without a Body?

  The pineal eye is not the organ that turns two different perspectives into one. It rather attempts to turn the reality inside out so that the objects, instead of becoming visible through reflecting light, themselves overflow their objectivities and generate light. The Surrealists aimed at precisely this kind of a process through automatic writing. They aimed … Continue reading Bataille and the Surrealists: Is Pineal Eye an Organ Without a Body?

S.C. Hickman aka Dark Chemistry on The Nietzschean Subject; or, the Prison-House of Delirium

"In a world full of violence, destruction and death, or “madness in every direction,” as Kerouac would have said, the subject becomes nothing but a projector of the evil within society." - Cengiz Erdem The Nihil Solipsist: a being that knows neither its own nothingness nor the dark self-cannibalizing force of all those others within; trapped within the introjected prison-house of an impure fear, bound … Continue reading S.C. Hickman aka Dark Chemistry on The Nietzschean Subject; or, the Prison-House of Delirium

Dialectics of Barbaric Regress vs. Civilised Progress and Deconstruction vs. Affirmative Recreation

There are many forms in which the death drive manifests itself. These vary from melancholia to aggression, from self-destruction to paranoia. What is common to all these forms of appearance is a kind of revolt against having been born. The death drive wants jouissance, a condition in which infinite satisfaction is possible and in which … Continue reading Dialectics of Barbaric Regress vs. Civilised Progress and Deconstruction vs. Affirmative Recreation