PhiloFiction

“This world of wild production and explosive desire” – The Unconscious and the Future in Felix Guattari

21 Jan , 2019  

… In the context of science fiction studies Guattari’s interest in Cyberpunk
offers an alternative to Frederic Jameson’s dismissal of the genre as failing to offer anything more than an uncritical celebration of late-capitalism’s technological ubiquity. In fact Guattari offers hisown version of the theory of capitalist and cybernetic Accelerationism ...

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NonPolitics, PhiloFiction

Politicising Deleuzian Thought, or, Minority’s Position within Marxism

15 Jan , 2019  

The difference between the two points of view will thus be all the
more pronounced. The Marxist notion of the proletariat entails a
triple consideration: its position within the structure of production,
determined at minimum by its dispossession of the means of production
and its insertion into the process of ...

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PhiloFiction

The Reality Of Destitution is the Destitution of Reality: Notes for a Genealogy of Destituent Power

22 Dez , 2018  

[ What follows is a draft of a longer essay yet to be written on the genealogy of destituent power covering Bataille, Blanchot, and Tronti, as well as Agamben and the Invisible Committee ]]

During the 1970s, in Europe, a disenchanted but not hopeless generation came to the fore to ...

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PhiloFiction

Achille Mbembe on Afrofuturism and the “Genealogies of the Object”

14 Dez , 2018  

Translation by Alexander Galloway. This translation is an excerpt from Achille Mbembe’s 2016 book Politiques de l’inimitié (chapter four). Chapter two of the book was previously translated by Giovanni Menegalle in issue 200 of Radical Philosophy. The journal Theory, Culture & Society also recently published a conversation between Mbembe and ...

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PhiloFiction

Ordnung herrscht in Berlin? – Rosa Luxemburg heute

13 Dez , 2018  

Der bewaffnete Aufstand, schrieb Lenin, sei eine Kunst. Sie besteht
darin, dem, was sich sponte, von selbst ereignet, in jenem Augenblick eine
Wendung, eine Richtung zu geben, in dem das Kontinuum reißt. Diese Kunst  besteht darin, der Virtualität des Ereignisses Aktualität zu verleihen, indem sie den Sprung der Frühe riskiert… ...

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PhiloFiction

Laruelle, Art, and the Scientific Model

24 Nov , 2018  

I want to begin by briefly considering Francois Laruelle’s Non-philosophy project alongside the philosophy of Louis Althusser, in order that some of the consequences for an ‘aesthetics of the generic’ (or what for Laruelle would be a Non-aesthetics) might be made intelligible for artistic practice, and also because it will ...

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PhiloFiction

Laruelle – Against the Digital (pdf)

21 Nov , 2018  

Channel that great saint of radical blackness, Toussaint Louverture, and return to the Haitian Constitution of 1804, which stated that all citizens will be called black regardless of color. Such blanket totality of black, such cataclysm of human color, renders color invalid and denies the endless dynamics of black-as-white or ...

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PhiloFiction

The Truth According to Hermes: Theorems on the Secret and Communication

19 Nov , 2018  

The secret does not need communication in order to be what it is, to be known and to be an “object” of a rigorous science. But communication needs the secret in order to be what it is. Between the secret and communication there only exist determinative relationships that are unilateral, ...

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PhiloFiction

What is it to Live and Think like Gilles Châtelet?

18 Nov , 2018  

– What is To Live and Think Like Pigs about?

[Châtelet:] It’s a book about the fabrication of individuals who operate a soft censorship on themselves…In them, humanity is reduced to a bubble of rights, not going beyond strict biological functions of the yum-yum-fart type. . .as well as the ...

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PhiloFiction

Notes on the Communist Horizon as an Immanent Outside

15 Nov , 2018  

Distinct thoughts are coalescing after last night’s now-embarrassing waste of energy on Twitter arguments. I always regret fanning the flames with so much oxygen the morning after and, obviously, it would only be worse to delete it later.

A very important side note from the Caves: “weaponise inattention”.

There was ...

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GenericScience, PhiloFiction

Ideology and Real(ism)

31 Okt , 2018  

Isn’t the emphasis on the systemic character of capitalism what separates Marx’s analysis from moralizing socialism?) The idea that the misleadingly-named ‘ruling class’ do anything more than manage and adminster Capital is an idle fantasy. Capitalists can decide on which groups are exploited, but they cannot legislate away exploitation itself. ...

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PhiloFiction

Theory Hot and Cold

29 Okt , 2018  

The artist Steve Lambert had a great tweet once that was something like “every time you send me a .doc file, my opinion of you decreases.” I have similar feelings about Bruno Latour. Whenever people cite Latour, my opinion of them decreases.

Nevertheless Latour has been, it will be ...

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PhiloFiction

Life and Prison (Alienocene 3)

24 Okt , 2018  

For Afro-pessimists, the Black subject is exiled from the human relation, which is predicated on social recognition, volition, subjecthood, and the valuation of life itself. Thus Black existence is marked as an ontological absence, posited as sentient object and devoid of any positive relationality, in contradistinction to the human subject’s ...

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PhiloFiction

The Immanence of Truths

20 Okt , 2018  

I’m told that Alain Badiou’s L’immanence des vérités has recently appeared in Parisian bookstores. I look forward to ordering a copy, and am reposting here my initial intuitions about the book, published last spring on e-flux, both as an invitation to think further about Badiou — unquestionably the most interesting

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PhiloFiction

Althusser und das “Problem” in der Philosophie

17 Okt , 2018  

Deleuzes Virtualitätsphilosophie hat die nicht-kreationistische Konstruktion von Problemen, Begriffen und deren Relationen schlichtweg vor die Interpretation gesetzt.. Ähnlich hat dies Althusser in mehreren Passagen in der Schrift Das Kapital Lesen 1 formuliert, wenn er schreibt, dass die Produktion einer Problemkonstellation und der sie entfaltenden Begriffe als Effekt einer neuen Theorie ...

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PhiloFiction

Being and Motion

12 Okt , 2018  

Being and Motion thus makes at least three novel and intertwined interventions: it provides (1) an original and systematic ontology of motion alongside (2) the first history of the philosophy of motion in the Western tradition, in relation to (3) the history of its material and practical conditions of inscription. ...

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Documentation, PhiloFiction

On the Materialist Dialectic On the Unevenness of Origins

5 Okt , 2018  

‘On the Materialist Dialectic’ first appeared in La Pensée, August 1963.

Remarks on the Terminology Adopted

This article proposes the term Theory (with a capital T to designate Marxist ‘philosophy’ (dialectical materialism) – and reserves the term philosophy for ideological philosophies. It was in this sense of an ideological ...

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PhiloFiction

A Report on Cyberfeminism (1999)

3 Okt , 2018  

An editor in Spain reminded me of this piece written almost twenty years ago. I’m reposting it here, but please read with a dose of generosity. I was quite young when I wrote it, many of the links are dead, and the discourse of digital studies has changed a great

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PhiloFiction

Alien Capitalism

29 Sep , 2018  

The Anthropocene debate aims to date the moment when human species, or part of it, started to become a significant driving force of major and irreversible terrestrial environment transformation. Hardly able to figure out an earthly human project unity leads to extend reflexion on this transformation real agents. This investigation ...

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PhiloFiction

Paul Virilio: The Propaganda of a Growing Disaster

18 Sep , 2018  

For Paul Virilio the last remaining defense against the crumbling world economy is to abandon the ship, lift our heads to the sky and join in the exurbanist future of the Ultracity.

In that short book The Futurism of the Instant the technoarchitects of instantaneity will bring us once again ...

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PhiloFiction

Wozu ist das Böse gut?

18 Sep , 2018  

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Das Böse ist unbekannt. Das Gute bedingt das Böse. Und wenn das Gute dadurch gut ist, daß die Allgemeinheit aus ihm Nutzen ziehen kann, welcher Nutzen wäre dann unter welchen Umständen aus dem Bösen ziehbar? Demselben Bösen, welches per Definition nicht das Gute sein kann, und folglich unnütz sein ...

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PhiloFiction

Six Theses on the Kinetic Transcendental

17 Sep , 2018  

One.

The transcendental is not a condition of possibility. There is no such thing as a condition of something that is merely possible if there are not already actual things that define the immanent relations of the field to begin with. Transcendental re- lations are therefore extrinsic and not intrinsic.

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Documentation, PhiloFiction

The Deleuze Seminars

9 Sep , 2018  

“Foucault” was a 25-lecture seminar given from October 1985 to May 1986. In these lectures, Deleuze offers his interpretation and analysis of French philosopher Michel Foucault’s work. Examining the theoretical foundations and major themes of Foucault’s philosophy, Deleuze dedicates several lectures to each of what he calls the “three axes” ...

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