François Laruelle’s Christo-Fiction is Unbound and On the Loose Somewhere Out There

Christo-Fiction: The Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem François Laruelle.

“François Laruelle’s lifelong project of “nonphilosophy,” or “nonstandard philosophy,” thinks past the theoretical limits of Western philosophy to realize new relations among religion, science, politics, and art. In Christo-Fiction, Laruelle targets the rigid, self-sustaining arguments of metaphysics, rooted in Judaic and Greek thought, and the radical potential of Christ, whose “crossing” disrupts their circular discourse. Laruelle’s Christ is not the authoritative figure conjured by academic theology, the Apostles, or the Catholic Church. He is the embodiment of generic man, founder of a science of humans, and the herald of a gnostic messianism that calls forth an immanent faith. Explicitly inserting quantum science into religion, Laruelle recasts the temporality of the cross, the entombment, and the resurrection, arguing that it is God who is sacrificed on the cross so that equals in faith may be born. Positioning itself against orthodox religion and naive atheism alike, Christo-Fiction is a daring, heretical experiment that ties religion tightly to the human experience and the lived world.”

François Laruelle, Christo-Fiction: The Ruins of Athens and Jerusalem, translated by Robin Mackay, 

Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture

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Adrian Johnston: Second Natures in Dappled Worlds [2/2] (Video from the “to have done with life” event)

to have done with life (Audio)

vitalism and antivitalism in contemporary philosophy _ zagreb, june 17-19, 2011

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_ Conference introduction [Petar Milat & Nathan Brown, 15min] _


_ Jason Smith “Parallel Lives: Form-of-Life, Living Labor” [+Williams intro, 49min] _

_ Stephanie Wakefield “‘Dasein is Design’: Form-of-Life, World, Environment” [36min] _

_ Smith & Wakefield Q&A [36min] _


_ Nathan Brown “The Lucidity of the Unliving: Crystallography and Inorganic Poetry” [+Williams intro, 41min – text with images here] _

_ Alexi Kukuljevic “Notes on Lifeless Matter” [44min] _

_ Brown & Kukuljevic Q&A [35min] _


_ Benjamin Noys “The Poverty of Vitalism” [+Brown intro, 29min] _

_ Evan Calder Williams “The Black Winding-Sheet: On Labor, Meat, and Form” [33min] _

_ Noys & Williams Q&A [46min] _


_ Martin Hägglund “The Trace of Time and the Death of Life: Bergson, Heidegger, Derrida” [+Brown intro, 48min] _

_ Hägglund Q&A [31min] _


_ Ray Brassier “Bergson, Lived Experience, and the Myth of the Given” [+Brown intro, 65min + brassier_handout] _

_ Brassier Q&A [34min] _


_ Roundtable #1 [participating: Brown, Brassier, Hägglund, Johnston, Malabou and others – 124min] _


_ Adrian Johnston “Second Natures in Dappled Worlds: John McDowell, Nancy Cartwright, and Hegelian-Lacanian Materialism” [+Brown intro, 65min] _

_ Johnston Q&A [33min] _


_ Catherine Malabou “Epigenesis and the Plasticity of Life” [+Brown intro, 56min] _

_ Malabou Q&A [41min] _


_ Roundtable #2 [participating: Brown, Brassier, Hägglund, Johnston, Malabou and others – 111min] _

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 metaphysics and science, the nature and importance of rationality, the structure of concept revision, the interface between the natural and the normative, the role of the social in the structure of knowledge, and the significance of Kant’s philosophy.… Read More

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S.C. Hickman on J.G. Ballard: Icarus and the Dying Fall into Nothingness

“For Bataille, the reason why people see the foot as inferior to the head is their habit of attributing a higher status to the vertical forms of thought. Man should fall on his four legs, otherwise he will never be able to write himself out not only as the writer but also as the written, not only as the seer but also as the seen.” – Cengiz Erdem

J.G. Ballard in the final story of his illustrious career let his protagonist utter the words of a man who was still haunted and defeated by the power of the natural life-death drives: “I escaped, but that expression of triumph on Elaine’s face still puzzles me. Had she seen me pushing against the tower and assumed that I was responsible for its collapse? Was she proud of me for hating her so fiercely, and for at last stirring from my impotence to take my revenge? Perhaps only in her death did we truly come together, and the Tower of Pisa served a purpose for which it had waited for so many centuries.” [1]

The irony here of course is that there is no escape, nature and woman will have their way against the maddening hatred of her fiercely bitter and impotent son and ritual mate. Like some broken sexual object, the tower leans across the shadowy lives of husband and wife, revealing not so much the underlying geophysical dilemmas of our terrestrial plight, but of the vanity of all human aspiration to attain geometric verticality against the gravitas of earth’s spinning foam. For all things must fall toward the earth sooner or later. Even transgressors such as Icarus or Ballard’s wife killer. As Nick Land once said “The truth of transgression, at once utterly simple and yet ungraspable, is that evil does not survive to be judged.” [2]…Read More

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Freedom’s Fairytale? Pt. 3 Narratology, the Ancestral and the Real (via Naught Thought)

Freedom's Fairytale? Pt. 3 Narratology, the Ancestral and the Real Several points in the post are indebted to discussions here and here. Derrida's notion of language play and the purported death of the transcendental signifier seems to have anchored narratology, as it is understood in cultural studies and many veins of literary studies, in the swamp of post-structuralism. Furthermore, the phenomenological and post-Kantian articulation of experience as existence can, as Ray Brassier indirectly argues, can be cons … Read More

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