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)
Hyperstition: Altering the Supposedly Predestined Future, or, Utopia as Method, Structure, and Process by Cengiz Erdem
Ontological Catastrophes and Transcendental Time Machines: Dialectics of Time and Event from Kant and Hegel, across Deleuze and Badiou, towards New Futures by Cengiz Erdem
There are two main philosophical targets of Badiou as he puts in The Subject of Art: Those who identify the body and the subject, in which case creativity can only take the form of experimentation with the limits of the body, an experience of the finitude and complete unity of the body. Death being the limit … Continue reading Badiou on Kant and Hegel
“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. “Someone once said that it is easier to imagine the end of … Continue reading Hyperstition: Altering the Supposedly Predestined Future, or, Utopia as Method, Structure, and Process
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 and Hume he aimed at situating the subject within the limits of what can be known by rational human beings. The Kantian subject is embodied, … Continue reading A Brief Note on Kant
The Spirit shows itself as so impoverished that, like a wanderer in the desert craving for a mere mouthful of water, it seems to crave for its refreshment only the bare feeling of the divine in general. By looking at the little which now satisfies Spirit, we can measure the extent of its loss. ~ … Continue reading Ontological Catastrophes and Transcendental Time Machines: Dialectics of Time and Event from Kant and Hegel, across Deleuze and Badiou, towards New Futures
Abstract In this essay I attempt to explicate the sense in which Michel Henry’s reductive phenomenology rendering Life as affectivity resonates with Alain Badiou’s subtractive ontology rendering the subject as eternity in time. I claim that these two modes of subjectivity are the two modalities of the Real manifesting itself as quality (Henry’s patheme) and … Continue reading Three Modalities of the Immanent Infinity: Life, Matter and Thought in Henry, Deleuze and Badiou
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 … Continue reading Being, Non-Being and Becoming Non-Identical of the Subject as ∅
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 … Continue reading Hermetico-Promethean Postnihilism
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 so … Continue reading Altering the Supposedly Predestined Future
Take a look at these pictures and ask yourself, why has humanity become so heartless? And more importantly, why do our governments not carry out anything to help these victims of this endless war in the Middle East? Their living conditions are so bad that they see death as a release... The line between life … Continue reading A New Low For Humanity
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
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
A revoiding of nothing and devoiding the void of its non-existent essence, it is a performative act of thought in the way of presenting that which is within and without it less and more than itself at the same time, a future anterior being-in-itself, nothing and everything at once... The nihil and the infinite are conjunctively … Continue reading Noumenology
What Zeno actually wants to say is that we can only perceive the world as it is for us, not as it is in-itself… In a similar fashion, we perceive time only as divided units represented by clocks rather than as it is in-itself, that is as eternal… In other words, human brain introduces motion into immobility and finitude into eternity in the process of perception because humans are naturally mortal becomings, whereas being in-itself is infinite and immobile, an absolute and eternal void continually consuming that which it produces… Driven by this kind of a self-creative/destructive void within and without at the same time, a human can only perceive itself as it desires itself to be, rather than as it really is in-itself, independently of human consciousness… To cut a long story short let us recall Kant and simply say this: The things-in-themselves can always be thought, but can never be known in any form other than they are for us, we humans, we animals and we the plants…
Now, we know that according to Plato time doesn’t really exist and that it is merely a representation of the real, an image of eternity beyond life as we live it… Needless to say it is the human finitude, the fact of mortality that produces human subjects as beings in time. The change of seasons, for instance, signifies the passage of time for humans, but this is an illusion, because the change of seasons doesn’t mean anything for the universe itself, it signifies the passage of time only for mortal human consciousness… For nature and the universe as they are in-themselves it’s business as usual in a never ending circular movement, a continuity in change within itself ad infinitum… Never mind the clocks, time outside of capital is itself eternal, and once you break the vicious cycle of capitalist axiomatics you shall yourself become immortal, for then you will have also broken out of the dialectics of time and capital, therefore transcending this mortal, all too mortal life imposed upon you by the pre-dominant order of being…
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
that all motion is strictly impossible.
Is this old Greek’s philosophy pure madness?
Now to illustrate such a weird philosophy,
he had a tortoise race Achilles. Now
as we all know Achilles was a Prince
who was fleet and fast, a Greek
who could run faster than all other Greeks;
the tortoise being a tortoise could hardly move,
but in this race he added space so fast
between himself and Achilles that the man
who was so fast could not outpace him,
and was defeated for the simple reason
that his logic was all wrong in thinking
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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 … Continue reading The Ontologies of Resistance from Senselogic to Cybersense
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... ~ 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 … Continue reading Epictetus: Affirmation as Negation
Islands are either from before or after humankind. ~ Gilles Deleuze William Golding’s Lord of The Flies is an allegory of the death-drive inherent in human nature. It is a reversal of Ballantyne’s The Coral Island. In direct opposition to The Coral Island in which three young men establish the British culture on an island after their ship sinks in the … Continue reading Is Everyman an Island?
We know so little about one another. We embrace a shadow and love a dream. ~ Söderberg If you're trapped in the dream of the Other, you're fucked. ~ Deleuze I've actually written two synchronous pieces on this matter, both of which attempt to clarify the issue at stake within a psycho-philosophical context... Those two articles are … Continue reading What is called Loving? Where does Love come from?