Post by: Alexander Galloway

PhiloFiction

Does Difference Have a Type?

5 Okt , 2017  

I just spoke yesterday yesterday at the University of Pennsylvania on the topics of “control societies” and “ontologies of difference,” two themes that have interested me a great deal over the years. In fact I have been so struck by Deleuze’s essay “Postscript on Societies of Control,” a short and

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Lexicon, Mashines, NonPolitics

Brometheanism

16 Jun , 2017  

In recent months I’ve remained quiet about the speculative turn, mostly because I’m reticent to rekindle the “Internet war” that broke out a couple of years ago mostly on blogs but also in various published papers. And while I’ve taught accelerationism in my recent graduate seminars, I opted for radio

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PhiloFiction

One, Two, Three, Four

7 Jun , 2017  

What are the most philosophically important numbers? Heidegger evokes the fourfold; Deleuze and Guattari a thousand (but it could have been more). For Badiou, the multiple plays its role, as does infinity. For Hegel the triad and the operation of the negative. For Irigaray it is sometimes two, and sometimes

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PhiloFiction

The Swervers vs. the F*ck-Annies

23 Mai , 2017  

Recently the Center for 21st Century Studies in Milwaukee staged a conference with the enticing title “The Big No.” I wasn’t at the conference, but know a few people who were, and I watched a couple of the talks online. Among other things, the conference was notable for bringing both ...

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PhiloFiction

The Swervers

7 Mai , 2017  

A key issue from my recently concluded seminar on the non-human was how to characterize contemporary theory. Previously I’ve discussed materialism, as well as the distinction between the ethical and political, and also the curious cocktail of pragmatism, empiricism, and realism that seems to dominate so much writing today. But ...

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Not Dark Enough

1 Mai , 2017  

Aesthetics is a recurring theme in Laruelle’s work. He has written two short books on photography and has several essays on art and related topics, including texts on color, light, seeing, drawing, dance, music, and technology. But what is technology, and what is technology’s relation to art?

Laruelle’s position on

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NonPolitics

Forget Deleuze!

30 Apr , 2017  

A dialogue between me and David Berry has just been published in Theory, Culture, and Society. During the conversation we discuss networks, Deleuze, Latour, digital humanities, love, the non-human, Laruelle, and other topics.

Here is a short excerpt in response to questions from David about the dominance of networks ...

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documentation

Black Box, Black Bloc (English/German)

25 Apr , 2017  

The new mantra is: we have no demands. We don’t want political representation. We don’t want collective bargaining. We don’t want a seat at the table. We want to leave be, to leave being . We have no demands.
Das neue Mantra lautet: Wir haben keine Forderungen. Wir streben keine ...

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Biopolitics

Malabou’s Life Resistance

19 Apr , 2017  

Catherine Malabou is one of the most interesting thinkers working today. She has a broad facility with Western philosophy, writing on Kant, Hegel, Derrida, the themes of temporality, plasticity, difference, technology, and many other things. And at the same time she has published extensively on neuroscience and issues surrounding the ...

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GenericScience

Mathification

6 Apr , 2017  

I’ve been returning frequently in recent weeks to that momentous section from Being and Event where Alain Badiou marshals all his poetic and persuasive powers. I refer to the important meditations Twenty-Six and Twenty-Seven and the “impasse of ontology” described therein, the crux of the book if not the crux

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

The Last Instance

8 Jan , 2017  

Our uchromia: to learn to think from the point of view of Black as what determines color in the last instance rather than what limits it.” Our uchromia, our non-chromia or non-color — what does Laruelle mean by this?

As Laruelle would say, color always has a position. Color ...

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Necropolitics

Guy Brossollet’s “Non-battle”

3 Jan , 2017  

Counter-insurgency is a urgent issue in American life today–indeed around the world–as state and non-state actors alike perfect the art of subduing popular upheaval. Viewing individuals and populations as liabilities even threats, the army and the police have been forced to adopt a series of new tactics, from urban warfare

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GenericScience

The Nonhuman: Apophatic or Cataphatic?

4 Dez , 2016  

“Join us!” –the trees in Evil Dead

A major theme to emerge from my current seminar on the nonhuman is the distinction between apophatic nonhumanism and cataphatic nonhumanism. Since these terms don’t seem to come up that often in contemporary discussions I figured it would be useful to lay it ...

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Mashines

Versity

19 Nov , 2016  

In the wake of the Trump election, there has been a lot of hand-wringing and self flagellation in tech communities about the so-called “filter bubble” created by social media. Was Trump elected by Facebook? Is this “our” Twitter revolution — only in the wrong direction? I wrote about this previously, ...

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PhiloFiction

The Pre-Socratic Brotherhood

6 Nov , 2016  

The tale of the circle, the dot, and the arrow — a moral tale — tells the story of a dominant way of thinking about people in the world. The most common preconceptions about epistemology and ontology are contained in the narrative, both what it means to have knowledge and

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Laruelle and Art

10 Okt , 2016  

In the early 1990s François Laruelle wrote an essay on James Turrell, the American artist known for his use of light and space.1 While it briefly mentions Turrell’s Roden Crater and is cognizant of his other work, the essay focuses on a series of twenty aquatint etchings made by Turrell ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Is Materialism a Type of Idealism?

19 Aug , 2016  

I’ve already posted on Jameson’s materialism and his theory of interpretation in light of today’s new materialism and the larger ontological turn in contemporary theory. Much of the new materialism tends to elevate empirical, descriptive, even pragmatic approaches in its quest to unlock material reality, while denigrating hermeneutic pursuits as

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PhiloFiction

Badiou’s Gauntlet

18 Jul , 2016  

Badiou’s Gauntlet, the challenge that Badiou issues to any kind of philosophy, is that the categories are three. No more than three, but also no less than three. Badiou’s Gauntlet is that there are bodies and languages, but also truths.

The challenge permeates all of Badiou’s work. One particularly clear

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Is Badiou a Digital Philosopher?

13 Mai , 2016  

tl;dr the answer is: 0, 0, 1, 0, and 1. (That’s no, no, yes, no, and yes.)

As with many questions of this nature — where both the vocabulary and the material are subject to interpretation — the answer depends a great deal on how one defines “digital” and how ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Superpositions

5 Apr , 2016  

(This is the first of two excerpts from my talk at “Superpositions–A Symposium on Laruelle and the Humanities” hosted at the Center for Transformative Media at the New School. Read part two.)

Newcomers to Laruelle often find his work challenging. There is little familiar in Laruelle to serve as anchor,

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

A Questionnaire on Materialisms

7 Mrz , 2016  

The current issue of October magazine contains several responses to a questionnaire on the nature of materialism today. My response is pasted below. Read the questionnaire prompt and download all responses here.

Not too long ago, being a materialist meant something rather specific, despite the capacious complexity of the term; ...

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GenericScience

The Computational Decision

12 Jan , 2016  

As various forms of computationalism continue to influence contemporary writing in theory and philosophy, it seems appropriate to reexamine some of the fundamental assumptions and principles of computation, so that we may identify them more readily. In an earlier, characteristically modernist, phase, media theorists like Lev Manovich and others sought ...

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Lexicon, Mashines

Anti-determinism

5 Jan , 2016  

Anti-determinism is a common position today, in both popular and academic conversations alike. Redemptive narratives in social and political theory are usually centered around things like contingency or play, or other mechanisms for eluding determination such as escape or accident. Many associate life itself with anti-determinism, suggesting that the very ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Assessing the Legacy of That Thing That Happened After Poststructuralism

7 Sep , 2015  

Now that the SR/OOO wave has crested, crashed, and receded, we can start to evaluate it with the advantage of perspective. I won’t attempt to offer an autopsy here, but I do want to address a few points and then offer a prediction for the future. I’ll refer to some

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