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

Advertisements

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

Audio from Zizek’s Lecture – Cardiff 3rd March (via MarxLacanZizek)

via MarxLacanZizek Related articles Moby Dick, Existentialism, Stoicism - Herman Melville (Hubert Dreyfus lecture) Reading The UK Riots: Slavoj Zizek and Living in the End Times (via Reading The Riots) Slavoj Zizek at Birkbeck Institute Summer School, London, 28th June 2011 (Video) Slavoj Žižek - Shoplifters of the World Unite The Place of the Real … Continue reading Audio from Zizek’s Lecture – Cardiff 3rd March (via MarxLacanZizek)

Slavoj Žižek – Shoplifters of the World Unite

Zizek weighs in heavily on the meaning of the riots... Repetition, according to Hegel, plays a crucial role in history: when something happens just once, it may be dismissed as an accident, something that might have been avoided if the situation had been handled differently; but when the same event repeats itself, it is a … Continue reading Slavoj Žižek – Shoplifters of the World Unite

Squaring Nietzsche and Marx: language and capital as social ossification (via Aaron Asphar: poetry, critical theory + philosophy)

Marx’s analysis of production ranks amongst the most thorough and forensic in Western thought, yet for him ‘language’ was a relatively marginal concern. It was theoretically addressed, but not subjected to the kind of interrogation he applied to categories such as labour, money and commodity. Other Marxists addressed language more squarely. An early contribution comes … Continue reading Squaring Nietzsche and Marx: language and capital as social ossification (via Aaron Asphar: poetry, critical theory + philosophy)

Slavoj Zizek – Why fear the Arab revolutionary spirit?

The western liberal reaction to the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia frequently shows hypocrisy and cynicism...  An Egyptian demonstrator uses his shoe to hit a picture of President Hosni Mubarak during a protest in Cairo. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images What cannot but strike the eye in the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt is the conspicuous … Continue reading Slavoj Zizek – Why fear the Arab revolutionary spirit?

A Conversation Around Nietzsche Between a Stoic and a Sceptic

Sceptic: Nietzsche is one of those who do philosophy departing from a wound, from a deep-seated internal problem… The wound is internal to Nietzsche but the source of this wound is external, so you see, he is in-between. He attacks both sides at the same time, there is a profound neither/nor relationship, an endless struggle between … Continue reading A Conversation Around Nietzsche Between a Stoic and a Sceptic

Global Anormalleşme ve Ötesi (Aydınlanma, Post-yapısalcılık ve Eleştirel Teori)

Post-yapısalcılık adlı düşünce akımının son otuz yılda deforme olmakla kalmayıp özündeki ideoloji karşıtı duruşa son derece ters düşen bir şekilde yüceltilerek global kapitalizm dedikleri üretim ilişkileri biçiminin elinde şamar oğlanına döndürüldüğünü artık hepimiz biliyoruz. Ünlü Alman düşünürü Karl Marx’ın tarif ettiği biçimiyle kapitalizm, içinde bulunduğumuz şu günlerde çok daha vahşi bir hal almıştır ve karşıtlarını … Continue reading Global Anormalleşme ve Ötesi (Aydınlanma, Post-yapısalcılık ve Eleştirel Teori)

One Dimensional Woman by Nina Power (via The Blog of Disquiet)

My review of Nina Power's One Dimensional Woman appeared in last weekend's The Sunday Star. It's an important, intelligently-argued book, and I highly recommend that the world reads it. Yes, the world. I've reproduced it in full here: For all of us who happily imagine contemporary feminism to be a uniform and linear yellow brick … Continue reading One Dimensional Woman by Nina Power (via The Blog of Disquiet)

Mark Fisher: The Interview

  INTRODUCTION by Alex Andrews Mark Fisher’s book ‘Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?’ is a persuasive diagnosis of contemporary society, an analysis of its political impasses and a call for fresh organization and thought. Capitalist Realism for Fisher describes the core of today’s ideological moment, particularly in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Weekend-read … Continue reading Mark Fisher: The Interview

Control and Becoming: Negri interview with Deleuze (via Negri in English)

Negri: The problem of politics seems to have always been present in your intellectual life. Your involvement in various movements (prisoners, homosexuals, Italian autonomists, Palestinians), on the one hand, and the constant problematizing of institutions, on the other, follow on from one another and interact with one another in your work, from the book on … Continue reading Control and Becoming: Negri interview with Deleuze (via Negri in English)

Alain Badiou – The Communist Hypothesis

         Now, more than ever, one should insist on what Badiou calls the ‘eternal’ Idea of Communism.  - Slavoj Zizek   A new program for the Left after the death of neoliberalism. ‘We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to … Continue reading Alain Badiou – The Communist Hypothesis

Marx ile Badiou: Sosyalizmin Ölüm İlanına Düşülmesi Gereken Bazı Notlar

Sosyal, tarihi, siyasi ve kültürel bağlamlarda ölüm ilanları vermenin son dönemlerde moda haline gelmesinden kaynaklanmaktadır sosyalizmin öldüğünü iddia edenlerin sayısında gözlemlenen muazzam artış. Biz ise bu ölüm ilanlarına karşı kayıtsız kalmayı insanımızın menfaati icabı uygun bulmadığımız için sosyalist olduğunu iddia eden, mevcut dünya düzeninin bizi hızla ölüme sürüklediği kanaatine varan ve bu durumdan hiç de … Continue reading Marx ile Badiou: Sosyalizmin Ölüm İlanına Düşülmesi Gereken Bazı Notlar

Alberto Toscano – Against Speculation, or, a Critique of the Critique of Critique

  ...A remark on Quentin Meillassoux’s After Finitude (after Colletti) This paper seeks to explore a very stark and simple question elicited by Quentin Meillassoux’s After Finitude: are materialism and speculation compatible? In order to outline a response I will take what might initially seem a somewhat arbitrary detour through a seemingly disparate line of … Continue reading Alberto Toscano – Against Speculation, or, a Critique of the Critique of Critique

Bedensiz Organlar ve Daha Başka Paradokslar

Büyük evlerin küçük odalarında yaşadım, yüksek yerlerdeki alçak adamlarla tanıştım. Çocukluğum can sıkıntısıyla mücadele ederek geçti. Can sıkıntımı yenmek için savaş filmleri izlerdim. O dönemlerde Vietnam savaşı yeni bitmişti ve Amerikanlar savaş filminden başka film çekmiyordu. Savaştan dönüp de topluma adaptasyon sorunu çeken travma kurbanı, üzgün, gücünü yitirmiş, haksızlığa uğradığını düşünen bilge kurban-kahramanlar pek modaydı … Continue reading Bedensiz Organlar ve Daha Başka Paradokslar