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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 "But which is the revolutionary path? Is there one? – To withdraw from the world market, as Samir Amin advises Third World Countries to do, in a curious revival of the fascist “economic solution”? Or might it be to go in the opposite direction? To go further still, that is, in the movement of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Contingency, Necessity and the Final Absolute: (via Total Assault On Culture)

Expanding on my summary of Ray Brassier's  Remarks on Subtractive Ontology and Thinking Capital here are some further related observations on aleatory rationalism, drawing on Elie Ayache's account of how the option 'science' of the derivatives trading comes to  hypostasize the market as an absolute relation that is not thought-independent: Brassier's critique of aleatory rationality... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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