PhiloFiction

Atopia: On Frédéric Neyrat’s Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism

22 Jul , 2019  

“Where am I?” asks the sleeper who wakes with difficulty. He doesn’t recognize the room, the furniture. It is too dark; lingering parts of the dream slip into the surroundings, giving them a strangely worrying air. But are we not living the inverse situation today? Prolonged awakening, work without the ...

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Documentation, PhiloFiction

The Revolutionary Disaster / The Disaster of Revolution

2 Mrz , 2019  

Our world is awash with disaster. The cheapest explanation would be to dismiss it all as wish fulfillment. That account takes the apocalypse to be the
playing out of impossible fantasies. On the one hand, it delivers the satisfaction of revenge, entitlement, or wickedness without forcing one to face the ...

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PhiloFiction

Micropolitics and Segmentarity

17 Feb , 2019  

We cannot say that one of these three lines is bad and another good, by nature and necessarily. The study of the dangers of each line is the object of pragmatics or schizoanalysis, to the extent that it undertakes not to represent, interpret, or symbolize, but only to make maps ...

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PhiloFiction

Gloss on Humanism

5 Feb , 2019  

Since the emergence of bourgeois society and throughout the course of its existence, the emphasis on man has been the price paid for the development and the autonomization of exchange value as well as for the progressive reification of human relations. The more capitalist dehumanization – the ‘organic composition’ of ...

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“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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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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