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Bachelard and the Psychoanalysis of Affective Stereotypes

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Bachelard / Deleuze / image of thought / philosophy of science / problematics / psychoanalysis / unconscious / value

A word will suddenly reverberate in us and find too lingering an echo in cherished, old ideas; an image will light up and persuade us outright, abruptly, and all at once. In reality, a serious, weighty word, a key word, only carries everyday conviction, conviction that stems more from the linguistic past or from the naivety of primary images than from objective truth…All description nucleates in this way and collects about centres that are too […]

Politics beyond Ontology

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badiou / Deleuze / guattari / Nietzsche / ontology / Politics / Whitehead

Fractal Cow is made by Gabor Csordas and Gabor Papp and can be found at http://www.mndl.hu/works/fractalcow. Hypothesis in Process Philosophy Abstract It seems that we experience the world: but beyond this, what more can be said? Can we hypothesize the abyssal and incorporeal depths of the origin of social desire, and could description perhaps reach even farther? In this paper, my goal is to provide a reading of the work of Alain Badiou and Gilles […]

Wandering Fidelity: the State of the Political in Badiou and Deleuze-Guattari

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badiou / classes / Deleuze / fidelity / guattari / masses / nomads / ontology / Politics / subject-group

“Our quarrel can be formulated in a number of ways. We could approach it by way of some novel questions such as, for example: how is it that, for Deleuze, politics is not an autonomous form of thought, a singular section of chaos, one that differs from art, science and philosophy? This point alone bears witness to our divergence, and there is a sense in which everything can be said to follow from it.” –Alain […]

Beyond Ontology

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abyss / bodies / Deleuze / language / machine / ontology / sense

Where are the abysses? But they are already swarming: through the lines of others’ faces and in the depths of spaces, in reflections and in distortions, flowing over one another within the black holes through which subjectivity escapes. An abyss swarms because it is always consuming: it is the earth itself, an autopoeitic unity of timeless forces and endless devourings. The terrifying abyss of nonsense is fulfilled in the floating signifier — not in the […]

Converging Debord, Badiou, Deleuze and Guattari

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badiou / BwO / Debord / Deleuze / Logic of Sense / oedipus

Three aspects of the spectacle—society itself/parts of society/means of unification. This is the place of false consciousness because it is where all consciousness converges–it is merely the official language of generalized separation [Badiou, language of the state of the situation, field of knowledge that is encyclopedic in its domination–a truth pierces the whole of knowledge by piercing a hole in knowledge, and, shall we say, causes an irruption to take place within the “official language,” […]

Logic of Sense: Series 2 on the Paradox of Surface Effects: Dialectics as the Art of Conjugation

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Aion / Chronos / Deleuze / dialectics / Logic of Sense / surface / virtual

In series 2 on the paradox of surface effects, Deleuze happens to mention dialectics as “the art of conjugation” (8). Before diving into the implications of this statement, we should note that for Deleuze, the pure event can be conceived of as an infinitive independent of any temporal, modal, vocal or personal grammatical determinations—and so in essence, this type of pure event can be conceived of properly as a pre-individual singularity that escapes the logical […]

Kant, the Antinomies, and the Soul as Rebel Element

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Deleuze / intuition / kant / representation / set theory / soul / surface / transcendental object

Kant’s working through of a set of functions of representation that support the interaction between the subject and object-as-appearance is dizzying to say the least. Beginning with the concepts of intuition and sensibility, Kant elaborates his distinctions between the a priori and a posteriori by linking them with their analogues: intellectual intuition and empirical sensation. Since Kant ends with intellectual intuition (B72), it is better to start with a more primary opposition. What is essential […]

Series 17: Static Logical Genesis: Metaphysical Surface

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Deleuze / fold / Logic of Sense / metaphysical surface / ontological proposition / transcendental field

The most intriguing concept in this series seems to be what Deleuze calls the metaphysical surface or the transcendental field. I want to hypothesize that the “transcendental” in this concept signifies the possibility of language. This has something to do not only with Deleuze’s insistence on a frontier of language, but also resonates strongly with his focus on what he calls folding or enveloping. I will try to illuminate the complexity behind these concepts and […]

Logic of Sense: Series 25

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being and event / counter-actualization / Deleuze / disjunctive synthesis / extra-being / Logic of Sense / Monads / univocty

Of course, with Series 25, one could, along with Badiou, single out the title as the concept that needs to be unpacked, especially since univocity has a particularly Deleuzian ring to it. But the term—and Deleuze starts using it around p. 150 in the text—that most interests me in this series is counter-actualization. On the one hand, we can remember the play of the virtual/actual couple that Badiou finds so fun to dismantle. On the […]