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)

Alain Badiou on Tunisia, riots and revolution (via wrong+arithmetic)

N.B. This is a rough translation of Daniel Fischer’s transcription of the 19 January 2011 session of Alain Badiou’s seminar What does “change the world” mean?. It is not something Badiou has written out. Nevertheless, it gets across his, apparently, impromptu comments on Tunisia, riots and revolution. It appears that Badiou correctly places the riot … Continue reading Alain Badiou on Tunisia, riots and revolution (via wrong+arithmetic)

Hallward weighs in heavily, Harman responds immediately (via Object-Oriented Philosophy)

  Peter Hallward in The Guardian, via Cengiz Erdem’s blog: “Whatever happens next, the people of north Africa and the Middle East have already won victories that will never be erased. The clashes in Tunis on 11-12 January, the capitulation of riot police in Cairo and Alexandria on 28 January, the retaking of Manama’s Pearl … Continue reading Hallward weighs in heavily, Harman responds immediately (via Object-Oriented Philosophy)

New Climes: Critical Theory, Environmentalism, and Climate Change

June 13th 2011 Confirmed plenary speakers: Ian Buchanan (Cardiff University) Claire Colebrook (Penn State University) Timothy Morton (UC-Davis) Climate change is an unprecedented crisis in human history. It is marked by necessary scientific imprecision and met by public confusion and controversy. Discerning climate change involves intricate scientific problems, and responding demands complex cultural strategies, spanning … Continue reading New Climes: Critical Theory, Environmentalism, and Climate Change

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?

The Affirmative Recreators of Our Times After Finitude

The recent developments in electronic music present us with a good example of how the inorganic has become, at least in sound, more organic than the organic. With the rapid development of sound-producing machines it has become possible to create such sounds that while listening to it one feels like there is a living organism … Continue reading The Affirmative Recreators of Our Times After Finitude

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

The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism

The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism Levi Bryant, Nick Srnicek and Graham Harman (editors) Download Pdf eBook  Description "Continental philosophy has entered a new period of ferment. The long deconstructionist era was followed with a period dominated by Deleuze, which has in turn evolved into a new situation still difficult to define. However, one common … Continue reading The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism

Agency, Nature and Emergent Properties: An Interview with Jane Bennett (via Para_Doxa)

An Interview with Jane Bennett by Gulshan Khan Jane Bennett is Professor of Political Theory and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. In 1986 she received her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts. In the following year her dissertation was published with New York … Continue reading Agency, Nature and Emergent Properties: An Interview with Jane Bennett (via Para_Doxa)

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)

Collapse Vol. III: Unknown Deleuze [+ Speculative Realism] Now available to download for free (via Speculative Heresy)

Word from Urbanomic that Volume III of Collapse has sold out and is now available for free online. It includes the much-cited original Speculative Realism conference. Find it here. via Speculative Heresy Collapse III contains explorations of the work of Gilles Deleuze by pioneering thinkers in the fields of philosophy, aesthetics, music and architecture. In … Continue reading Collapse Vol. III: Unknown Deleuze [+ Speculative Realism] Now available to download for free (via Speculative Heresy)

Accelerationism (via Total Assault On Culture)

Notes on Accelerationism Goldsmiths, University of London, 14th September 2010 feat. Mark Fisher, Ray Brassier, Benjamin Noys, Alex Andrews, Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams Introduction (Mark Fisher): Brief introduction to Nick Land’s theory of accelerationism, alluding to Fanged Noumena, his forthcoming collected writings, which draws on Deleuze and Gautarri’s Anti-Oedipus and Lytoard’s Libidinal Economy. Mark Fisher: … Continue reading Accelerationism (via Total Assault On Culture)

Expulsion of the Negative and Affirmation of Life are Mutually Exclusive

To valorize negative sentiments or sad passions—that is the mystification on which nihilism bases its power. (Lucretius, then Spinoza, already wrote decisive passages on this subject. Before Nietzsche, they conceived philosophy as the power to affirm, as the practical struggle against mystifications, as the expulsion of the negative.)[12] Purgatory, purification, extraction of the positive, expulsion … Continue reading Expulsion of the Negative and Affirmation of Life are Mutually Exclusive

Why Deleuze (still) matters: States, war-machines and radical transformation

By Andrew Robinson The usefulness of Deleuzian theory for social transformation will vary with the selection of which conceptual contributions one chooses to appropriate. Studying Deleuzian theory is complicated by characteristics of Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophical method. In What is Philosophy?, they define the function of theory in terms of proliferating concepts – inventing new … Continue reading Why Deleuze (still) matters: States, war-machines and radical transformation