Badiou on Kant and Hegel

There are two main philosophical targets of Badiou as he puts in The Subject of Art:[4] 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

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A Brief Note on Kant

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[1] and Hume[2] 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

Ontological Catastrophes and Transcendental Time Machines: Dialectics of Time and Event from Kant and Hegel, across Deleuze and Badiou, towards New Futures

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

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

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

Değişim ve Yaratıcılık Mefhumlarına İlişkin Bazı Aşkınsal Ahkâmlar

Deleuze'ün tüm felsefesi insanın yaşayabileceklerini çoğaltmaya yönelikti. Buna insan bilincini genişletme çabası da diyebiliriz aslında. Ama Deleuze'ün kendinden öncekilerden farkı, genişleme için öncelikle kasılmak gerektiği yönündeki saptamasından ileri geliyordu. O, Schelling'e dayanan doğa felsefesinin merkezine genleşip-daralan bir madde yerleştirmişti. Böylelikle statik merkez kavramını akışkan bir şeyle doldurarak içten çökertmek suretiyle ortadan kaldırabileceğini düşünüyordu. Beş duyumuzun … Continue reading Değişim ve Yaratıcılık Mefhumlarına İlişkin Bazı Aşkınsal Ahkâmlar

Ölübölge Yazıtı

Dünyanın merkezinde ne olduğu konusunda yapılan araştırmaların en önemlisi Japon bir bilim adamının dünyanın merkezindeki koşulları sanal ortamda yaratıp oluşan görüntüyü bilgisayar ekranından gözlemlemeyi mümkün kılan çalışmasıdır. Buna göre dünyanın merkezinde aşırı yoğunlaşmış ateşten kristal ormanları bulunmaktadır. Varlığın özünü oluşturan maddenin plazma veya protoplazma benzeri akışkan bir madde olduğu ise farklı zamanlarda ve farklı suretlerle … Continue reading Ölübölge Yazıtı

Melancholia and the Cartesian Subject

In his lecture On Melancholy and an essay entitled Melancholy and the Act, Zizek claims that melancholia occurs not when we lose the object, but rather when the object is still here although we no longer desire it. According to Zizek, melancholia as Freud defines it in Mourning and Melancholia, shouldn’t be interpreted as if it … Continue reading Melancholia and the Cartesian Subject