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... Continue Reading →

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Three Modalities of the Immanent Infinity: Life, Matter and Thought in Henry, Deleuze and Badiou

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 →

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... Continue Reading →

Deleuze Speaks to Stivale

Comparative Literature As we all know, the unwanted attentions of Jehovah Witnesses can be deflected simply by invoking the “Old Religion”. But what if you were to be doorstepped by someone hawking “analytical tools for the humanities and social sciences”? Would you know what to do? [...] In retrospect, I realize now the extent to... Continue Reading →

 Oligarchy Disguised as Democracy 

Herein is exposed the representation of the real as if it is not a representation but the real itself… In other words, a truth is expressed delineating the representation of the pseudo-real of capitalism disguised as the presentation of the real conditions of existence…

“Such a state of affairs was, in Michels’ view, not attributable to the people in those parties being evil or uncommitted to their cause, but was inherent in the very structure of the new ‘democratic’ political system. In a world of competitive elections, where radical, progressive movements had to overcome opposition from well-resourced establishment elites in order to win power, they would be forced to adopt an internal organization that was both efficient and hierarchical. In the interests of creating a party machine capable of delivering victory at the polls, power would need to be delegated to specific people within the party, and anyone who held power, even for a short time, could be able to consolidate their position and grow that power base. Marginal as that power might be in the beginning, it would grow, and in time the people’s movements would become bureaucratic top-down behemoths, mirroring the very aristocracy they sought to supplant.”

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He who says organization, says oligarchy.

So wrote German sociologist Robert Michels during the formation of Europe’s big tent ‘people’s parties’ a century ago. According to Michels—a committed realist, as we shall see—even the most radical and progressive of these new parties would eventually succumb to what he termed ‘the iron law of oligarchy’.

Source: How We Can Overcome Oligarchy Disguised as Democracy | Alternet

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The Object Smasher; or, the Philosophy of Rubble

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“Literature is about turning the pre-verbal — if not pre-linguistic — objects into verbal objects with symbolic meanings attached to them. Literature constructs a world in which the objects gain new significance.”
…..– Cengiz Erdem on May 26, 2010

For though in nature nothing really exists besides individual bodies, performing pure individual acts according to a fixed law, yet in philosophy this very law, and the investigation, discovery, and explanation of it, is the foundation as well of knowledge as of operation. And it is this law with its clauses that I mean when I speak of forms, a name which I the rather adopt because it has grown into use and become familiar.”
……– Francis Bacon, Novum Organum: Book Two, II

This is a republish and revised edition of an earlier post on Graham Harman’s Object-Oriented Ontology. Descriptions of materialism below are of those physicalists and reductionsists, rather than…

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Synthetic Edifice: Postcapitalism

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Nihil Unbound: Subtractive Ontology and Thinking Capital

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Here is my exegesis of Ray Brassier’s compelling conjectural reversal that moves from thinking Capital to the bold conclusion that Capital thinks. In his text ‘Nihil Unbound: Remarks on Subtractive Ontology and Thinking Capital’ he grapples with how it might be possible to think Capital by providing an objective determination-in-the-last-instance. Beyond the Marxist analysis of the dynamics of accumulation, Brassier draws on recent philosophical insights in continental thought, mathematics and informational theory that appear eminently useful supplementing our conceptualization of Capital as a dynamic that refuses totalization. In order to achieve this he examines the subtractive ontology of Alain Badiou — turning his attention to precisely that which Badiou’s axiomatic set-theory elides — reconciling it with the profound diagnosis of capitalism as auto-axiomatic by Deleuze and Guattari. He then supplements this with the innovative informational theory and epistemological sophistication of mathematician Gregory Chaitin — namely in his work on uncomputable…

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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... Continue Reading →

Appeal by Sartre, Foucault, Guattari, Deleuze and others on imprisonment of Italian intellectuals, 1977

In 1977 Sartre, Foucault, Guattari, Deleuze, Barthes, and others wrote an open letter protesting about the imprisonment and investigation of a number of Italian intellectuals, including ‘Bifo’ (Franco Berardi) and Antonio Negri. I’d not seen this before and it is the first (but I’m sure not the last) thing missing from my bibliography of ‘The... Continue Reading →

Zero Cult ~ Heartwork

On the eve of philosophy and beyond it the logic of sense lost itself in calculations without end, only to find itself in this poetic time of truth eternally dismembered...

A New Low For Humanity

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 →

The Collapse of Change: A View from the Future

This video narrates the story of the collapse of human civilisation from the perspective of a desolate future of earth to come. Special attention is paid to the demise of capitalism itself as the final stage of human extinction. It’s a rather sarcastic gaze upon our present human-condition which is driven by the saying, “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.”

The Collapse of Change: A View from the Future from Centre for Digital Cultures on Vimeo.

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Nihilizmin Önlenemez Yükselişi Karşısında Ne Yapmalı İnsan Olan?

Sözün bitmeye, kelimelerinse kifayetsiz kalmaya yüz tuttuğu yerdeyiz aslında. Gün geçtikçe artan bir hızla boğulmaya devam ediyoruz bu lânetli coğrafyada. Umutsuzluktan depresyona, oradan da kapkaranlık bir melankoliye doğru giden bir seyir izliyor varlığımız. Aşağıdaki yazı ise elbette ki ne dertlere derman olacak potansiyele sahiptir, ne de yaralara merhem olabilir bu şartlar altında. Lâkin içinde bulunduğumuz... Continue Reading →

Derrida and Laruelle in Conversation

Controversy over the Possibility of a Science of Philosophy Jacques Derrida and François Laruelle Translated by Ray Brassier JD: Mines is not an easy task. After what you've just heard, you can see the risk I took in speaking of François Laruelle's ‘polemos. You spoke in the name of a certain peace. Yet I have... Continue Reading →

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