I should account as the foremost musician one who knew only the sadness of the most profound happiness, and no other sadness at all; but such a musician has never existed yet. Nietzsche (The Gay Science 183) The dialectic cannot stop short before the concepts of health and sickness, nor indeed before their siblings reason and unreason. Once it has recognized the ruling universal order and its proportions as sick — and marked in the […]
The archive page has recently been added. This page resolves three (minor) problems: it provides another medium for easier reading; it allows for Joe and I to fully differentiate our original posts; and it brings all the posts on one page and makes them permanently and easily accessible. Every post (other than the notes and translations) that appears on the main site will subsequently find its way to the archives in PDF formatting. Both Joe […]
Taylor and I will be taking some well-deserved (and much-needed) time off to attend the 46th SPEP meeting in Chicago. We’re driving up tonight and will be back this weekend. One of our favorite professors, Sid Littlefield, will be delivering a paper on Badiou, Lucretius and Spencer-Brown. And if you’re going to be attending, why not go ahead and leave a message here? We’d be delighted to meet others who are going.
I’ve been visiting the massthink blog (populated by Ryan and Aless) for a couple of months now, but, as a bad reader, I failed to leave comments. I was thrilled not only with the content, but more so with the way in which these two have organized their site. I was inspired to see their text page (which encouraged me to put up the bibliography, still under construction) and by the way in which they […]
A paper of mine has gotten accepted to the Event and Decision conference at Claremont Graduate University! Both Taylor and I will be attending. The conversation is going to be about ontology and politics in light of Deleuze, Whitehead and Badiou. It’s really exciting; Oliver Feltham, Jeffrey Bell and Bruno Bosteels are going to be lecturing, among many others.
Hurray! We’ve finally integrated all of our outlines in one place. (Stable links are available here.) Currently we’ve got notes for Serres, Bahktin, Deleuze, Debord, Flusser and Lyotard. We plan on extending this idea further with notes and commentary on different works, probably focusing particularly on Deleuze, Guattari, Badiou, Levinas and Nietzsche. Please enjoy!
We should speak of a dialectics of the calculus rather than a metaphysics. By “dialectic” we do not mean any kind of circulation of opposing representations which would make them coincide in the identity of a concept, but the problem element in so far as this may be distinguished from the properly mathematical element of solutions. Following Lautman’s general thesis, a problem has three aspects: its difference in kind from solutions; its transcendence in relation […]
The following is the preface from Francois Laruelle’s Beyond the Power Principle pp. 1-9 and is an original translation by Taylor Adkins 10/09/07. Stylistic Caution A: But if everyone knew this most would be harmed by it. You yourself call these opinions dangerous for those exposed to danger, and yet you express them in public? B: I write in such a way that neither the mob, nor the populi, nor the parties of any kind […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]