Joseph Weissman

While studying philosophy as an undergraduate, Joe started Fractal Ontology as a personal journal for notes and thoughts on the material he was reading. Taylor Adkins became involved soon after and the blog became an outlet for their work together and separately.


  1. Ruef Pascal says

    Hello, i’m Pascal Ruef from France. I was very interesting by your site. Whith my friend we create abstract ans diagrammatics machines and our work turn around philosophy and cybernetic. You can see a part of our art at this adress:
    It’s a record of a short conference in Paris last april.
    Cordially, Pascal Ruef

  2. andrew dornon says

    Hi Joe (and Taylor),

    I really enjoy your blog and thought that you might be interested in a new journal that attempts to take critical theory out of the academy and into the streets. The call for papers is below. Anyway, keep up the good work.

    about pro/visions
    pro/visions is a new magazine/journal (double blind peer-reviewed) that seeks to push critical theory beyond the academy and into the streets. Therefore the content will reflect rigorous (and playful) thought but using language that is accessible to anyone. We seek to create a space for theory to meet praxis (and the ivory tower the people/s). Think Gramsci’s “organic intellectual” meets Chuck D and they get into a fist fight–with the world.

    “immigration against the Empire”

    This issue situates immigration (and other forms of nomadism) as a disruptive event against Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s concept of Empire. Between Arizona’s new immigration law in the United States and the French government’s response to immigration, it would seem that as the “Third World” pops up in the “First World” neo-liberal policing comes into view of the Global North. In light of the various reactions to these events, responses from the radical Left, in and outside of academia, need to be formulated in order to map resistances and the role of the immigrant and the exile within the Empire.

    Articles should be connected to the following suggested topics:

    * Specific case scenarios of immigration in and between geopolitical regions around the globe.
    * Legal, ethical and political controvery/ies concerning immigration policy.
    * The political role of the undocumented worker within U.S. and global paradigms
    * Underground immigrant support networks and their clashes with the “minutemen”
    * Conceptions of identity in relation to immigration
    * Spanglish (or other creoles) as political act
    * Strategies for immigrant solidarity, locally and globally
    * Immigration as a response to neo-liberal forces
    * Illegal immigration as a form of resistance to politics and ideology
    * Systems of race, gender and other social norms within nomadism

    submission guidelines
    Submissions are welcome in all languages, with a preference toward English, Spanish and Spanglish.
    Articles must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length with endnotes and a bibliography. Citations should follow the latest version of MLA.
    Abstracts must be between 150 and 300 words.
    A short biographical description of 3-5 lines should be included.

    If you are interested in submitting to pro/visions, please send an abstract by email to no later than July 1, 2010. Final versions of articles will be due August 1, 2010.

  3. Hey now Joe. I am an artist working on a research(ish) project/installation piece for an upcoming exhibition.

    I have many questions.

    so many.

    I am thinking about emergent systems and patterns as metaphor/language and I have been looking at the “mapping” systems that occur when looking at ontology.

    I am hoping to have some kind of dialogue with you about technological ontology (is this coding? or writing codes?) and how that intersects with philosophical and biological understanding of ontology. The radial patterns and fractals are reminiscent of sacred geometry and internal structuring and/or architecture in nature. And I want to know how the sequencing or language of coding represents itself in technology…and if there is an overlap (visually) with patterns and sequencing in nature (like autopoeisis, and fibonacci sequencing?)

    hmmm….does that make sense?

    If you have a smidge of curiosity, you can look at my work to maybe get a better feel of what I am trying to say…visually..

    I hope to hear from you.

    really. I think you might be the perfect (smart!) resource…

    thanks and I hope you are unfolding beautifully…Amanda

  4. Hi Joseph – I would love to work on this. First question, as this is what caught my eye while down a rabbit hole, have you developed a definition of what philosophical Fractal Ontology is?

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