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

The Future History of a Non-Reductive Philosophical Agenda

Situating Neuroscience in the Context of Transcendental Realism/Materialism and Non-Reductive Naturalism Inferential Rationality The question I had in mind as I was in search of funding for a research project that would enable me to write “a book comparing the ontological and the epistemological modes of being and thinking in and through which the subject … Continue reading The Future History of a Non-Reductive Philosophical Agenda

8 Cultural and Critical Theory Books Published in August 2014

BooksAugust 29, 2014 Eugene Wolters Leave a commentIf you’re an author or a publisher and would like your books featured on future roundups, please email us at tips@critical-theory.com.Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.EventBy Slavoj Zizek“A tsunami killed more than 200,000 people in Indonesia!” “The people have won! The dictator has run … Continue reading 8 Cultural and Critical Theory Books Published in August 2014

Trauma and the Immanence of Eternity

In my previous post I've attempted to trace, clarify and briefly define certain positions and oppositions within the philosophical field today. It is my conviction that at the root of philosophical enquiry lies a series of dialectical relationships between affirmation and negation, transcendence and immanence, reality in-itself and reality for-us, finitude and infinity, being and … Continue reading Trauma and the Immanence of Eternity

Transendental Materyalizm, Diyalektik ve Plastisite (Johnston, Zizek, Malabou)

Adrian Johnston 2010 yılında Real Objects/Material Subjects adlı felsefi etkinlikte yaptığı Naturalism or Anti-naturalism? No thanks, both are worse: Science, Materialism and Slavoj Zizek adlı konuşmada Zizek’in ontolojisini neden Transendental Materyalizm diye adlandırdığını net bir şekilde ortaya koyar. Johnston’a göre özelde Zizek’in, genel olarak ise transendental materyalizmin amacı cogito gibi bir öznelliğin olumsuzlayıcılığının/olumsuzluğununmaddi varlıktan nasıl doğduğunu … Continue reading Transendental Materyalizm, Diyalektik ve Plastisite (Johnston, Zizek, Malabou)

What Should We Do with Our Brain? ~ Catherine Malabou

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“Recent neuroscience, in replacing the old model of the brain as a single centralized source of control, has emphasized “plasticity,” the quality by which our brains develop and change throughout the course of our lives. Our brains exist as historical products, developing in interaction with themselves and with their surroundings.Hence there is a thin line between the organization of the nervous system and the political and social organization that both conditions and is conditioned by human experience. Looking carefully at contemporary neuroscience, it is hard not to notice that the new way of talking about the brain mirrors the management discourse of the neo-liberal capitalist world in which we now live, with its talk of decentralization, networks, and flexibility. Consciously or unconsciously, science cannot but echo the world in which it takes place.In the neo-liberal world, “plasticity” can be equated with “flexibility”–a term that has become a buzzword in…

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Slavoj Žižek: The Empowerment of the Right and the Dissolution of the Left (Video)

"Slavoj Zizek was one of the speakers at the The empowerment of the Right, the dissolution of the Left event. The public sector is facing severe economy measures. The budgets for culture, education and health care are being cut. The measures are implemented by the political right. The political left, in this period of turmoil, … Continue reading Slavoj Žižek: The Empowerment of the Right and the Dissolution of the Left (Video)

Deterritorialization (via Larval Subjects.)

For many years I've been fascinated with Deleuze and Guattari's triad of deterritorialization, reterritorialization, and territory. Truth be told, when I first encountered these concepts I was repulsed. I found the language to be trendy and understood "deterritorialization" to refer to some romantic notion of "escape" from a territory. While there are indeed elements of … Continue reading Deterritorialization (via Larval Subjects.)

Mortal, All Too Mortal: Post-Nihilistic Speculations from Dr. Lawgiverz (3)

If you were to ask me at gunpoint, like Hollywood producers who are too stupid to read books and say, "give me the punchline," and were to demand, "Three sentences. What are you really trying to do?" I would say, Screw ideology. Screw movie analyses. What really interests me is the following insight: if you … Continue reading Mortal, All Too Mortal: Post-Nihilistic Speculations from Dr. Lawgiverz (3)

Cinematic Apparatus, Brain, and the Psyche as Fantasy Machines

Freud calls the content of the unconscious the latent dream-thoughts.[1] That which one sees in a dream is already a translation of this primal scene. The images in a dream stand in for the gap in the symbolic order; they symbolize the latent content of the dream, which are the unconscious drives. A dream turns … Continue reading Cinematic Apparatus, Brain, and the Psyche as Fantasy Machines

Projective Identification and Introjection

Melanie Klein makes a distinction between the introjected objects and the internal objects. The internal objects include the introjected objects as well as the objects of identification and the a priori fantasy images. According to Klein introjection is a defence mechanism against the anxiety and the fear of the horrible inner world of the child. … Continue reading Projective Identification and Introjection

David Foster Wallace, Slavoj Žižek, and Scatological Ideology (via biblioklept)

I came across this clip of Slavoj Žižek discussing the different types of toilets that one finds across Europe the other day, and his riff immediately reminded me of David Foster Wallace's novella The Suffering Channel (or "The Suffering Channel," if you prefer to think of it as a long short story). Here's a version … Continue reading David Foster Wallace, Slavoj Žižek, and Scatological Ideology (via biblioklept)

Thinking the uncommon

In one of the most interesting post I have encountered recently in the blogosphere - Object-Oriented Psychoanalysis and Derridean Deconstruction - Cengiz Erdem argues that the common things of everyday existence are produced out of the depressive position or abnormalities. As the author comments, psychic development is complemented by the death drive. Whereas this relationship is … Continue reading Thinking the uncommon

A Pineal Eye Soliloquy, or, The Critique of Surrealism Continued

Mimicry is a definitive word for the operations of Surrealist aesthetics and it enters the scene through the Surrealist publication Minotaure. Roger Caillois defines mimicry as the activity through which the eye becomes a camera reproducing itself as a camera. […] life seems to lose ground, to blur the line between organism and environment as … Continue reading A Pineal Eye Soliloquy, or, The Critique of Surrealism Continued