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Translation: Raymond Ruyer and the Genesis of Living Forms

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Ruyer, Raymond. La genése des formes vivantes. Paris: Flammarion, 1958. The following is my translation of the introduction pg 5-9. Morphology, the study of forms and their arrangements, does not present any fundamental difficulty. It needs more than precision and meticulousness. It requires, more frequently, indirect methods that demand a lot of ingenuity, like those methods that led to the structural diagrams of organic chemistry or to the genetic cartography of cellular nuclei. The results […]

Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus (Parts I, II)

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Anti-Oedipus 1: Desiring-MachinesFor every organ-machine, an energy machine (1).Schizophrenia and the time before the man-nature dichotomy/split (1).Nature lived as process of production (2).Oedipus presupposes a fantastic repression of desiring-machines (3).The schizophrenic experiences not nature, but nature as a process of production (3).Production is immediately consumption and a recording process, without any sort of mediation (4).The recording process and consumption directly determine production, but within the production process itself (4).Production as process:Production of production—actions and passionsProduction […]

Debord: Society of the Spectacle Notes (Part 1)

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Separation PerfectedBut certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence…illusion only is sacred, truth profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness.–Feuerbach, Preface to the second edition of The Essence of ChristianityFeuerbach—copy/original—simulacrum—Deleuze and Baudrillard?Accumulation […]

Deleuze’s Bergson (Part I)

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Bergsonism: Intuition as MethodIntuition as method entails: 1. stating and creating problems; 2. discovery of genuine differences in kind; 3. apprehension of real time (duration) (14).First rule: Apply the test of true and false to problems themselves. Condemn false problems and reconcile truth and creation at the level of problems (15).We are wrong to believe that true and false only refer to solutions—the Schoolmaster gives problems that we are forced to solve, but the true […]

Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition (Introduction, Parts 1-2)

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This book enquires on the condition of knowledge today in highly developed societies (xxiii).It is also situated in the crisis of narratives (xxiii).Philosophy legitimates the rules of science’s language games (xxiii).‘Modern’ designates any science that legitimates itself with reference to a metadiscourse in relation to certain grand narratives (such as the dialectics of Spirit, the hermeneutics of meaning, the eancipation of the rational or working subject, or the creation of wealth) (xxiii).‘Postmodern’ designates incredulity toward […]

Deleuze and Guattari’s Thousand Plateaus: Introduction to the Rhizome

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Introduction: Rhizome D+G have reached the point where it is no longer of any importance whether one says I [This, of course, is preceded by similar assertions about the schizophrenic in Anti-Oedipus]. (3).A book is an assemblage and a multiplicity:One side of a machinic assemblage faces the state, which doubtless makes it a kind of organism, or signifying totality, or determination attributable to a subject; it also has a side facing a body without organs, […]