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 Badiou: Down with Death!
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
KRONOS: 'Nihilism' is one of the most ambiguous philosophical concepts. What is your idea of it? Would you consider yourself a nihilist? Does nihilism totally exclude religion? What about Meillassoux's nihilistic faith fuelled by the inexistence of God? RB: Very simply, nihilism is a crisis of meaning. This crisis is historically conditioned, because what we … Continue reading Ray Brassier interviewed by Marcin Rychter: “I am a nihilist because I still believe in truth.”
There are many forms in which the death drive manifests itself. These vary from melancholia to aggression, from self-destruction to paranoia. What is common to all these forms of appearance is a kind of revolt against having been born. The death drive wants jouissance, a condition in which infinite satisfaction is possible and in which … Continue reading Dialectics of Barbaric Regress vs. Civilised Progress and Deconstruction vs. Affirmative Recreation
Answer simply. It’s the same old stranger as ever, for existence, of his, of ours, there’s a simple answer. It’s not with thinking he will find me, but what is he to do, living and bewildered, yes, living, say what he may. Yes, there are moments, like this moment, when I seem almost restored to … Continue reading “Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be, what would I say, if I had a voice, who says this saying it’s me?” (Beckett – 2)
I close the eyes of my intelligence, and giving voice to the unformulated within me, I offer myself the sense of having wrested from the unknown something real. I believe in spontaneous conjurations. On the paths along which my blood draws me, it cannot be that one day I will not discover a truth. Antonin Artaud … Continue reading Artaud, Deleuze, and the Will to Nothingness
When the speculations concerning the extinction of all life on earth as a consequence of a gradual extinguishment of the sun within 4.5 years hit the headlines for the first time, Dr. Lawgiverz was in a deep meditation, meditating the possible reasons of and the forces behind the sudden whitening of all the television screens … Continue reading Mortal, All Too Mortal: Post-Nihilistic Speculations from Dr. Lawgiverz (1)