PhiloFiction

Aliens, Monsters, and Revolution in the Dark Deleuze

27 Aug , 2016  

This is the longer version of a blog post I initially wrote for the University of Minnesota Press. You can find the shorter version on their blog here.

French philosopher Gilles Deleuze is usually characterized as a thinker of positivity. Consider two of his major contributions: the rhizome as an ...

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documentation, NonPolitics, PhiloFiction

A Letter from Louis Althusser on Gramsci’s Thought

23 Aug , 2016  

A Letter on Gramsci’s Thought
Rinascita, 15 March 1968
Translated from Italian by Warren Montag
On December 1, 1967, Comrade Rino Dal Sasso published a response to a chapter from Louis Althusser’s Reading Capital that appeared in the journal Trimestre (Pescara). Althusser responded to Dal Sasso in a letter ...

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documentation, Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Register zu Deleuze/Guattari: Anti-Ödipus

21 Aug , 2016  

1. Register zu einigen Namen (nach Eckhard Hammel)

Adler, Alfred (/Cartry, Michel) (Psy) 166 201 205f 428 459
Althusser, Louis/Balibar, Etienne (Ideologie) 289 319 395 448
Amin, Samir 297f 308
Anzieu, Didier 387 393
Aristoteles 108 339
Arman 42
Artaud, Antonin (KoO, Schizo) 9 14f 28 61 110 158 161 ...

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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

“Concrete Rules and Abstract Machines” (some notes & comments on Brassier’s talk at the ‘A Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy’ London Workshop)

9 Aug , 2016  

What follows is a summary of, and some comments on, Ray Brassier’s talk regarding the final chapter of A Thousand Plateaus. Delivered in London, 2015, at the A Thousand Plateaus and Philosophy Workshop]

At the very least one can confidently say that the reputation of A Thousand Plateaus precedes itself. ...

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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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GenericScience, Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Reading Deleuze and Guattari as Marxist/Spinozists: On Guillaume Sibertin-Blanc’s State and Politics

7 Jul , 2016  

Guillaume Sibertin-Blanc’s Politique et État chez Deleuze et Guattari: Essai sur le matérialism historico-machinic has been translated into English as State and Politics: Deleuze and Guattari on Marx. In the past twenty years since I first discovered Deleuze and Guattari I have gone from avidly reading everything that came out ...

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PhiloFiction

Desonance

6 Jul , 2016  

Music is an un-differentiated language.

Michel Serresi

Nevertheless, and even more clearly, what general economy defines first is the explosive character of this world, carried to the extreme of explosive tension in the present time.

George Batailleii

A theory is self-destroying, in this logico-objective respect, if its content offends against ...

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PhiloFiction

Ending the World as We Know It: A. Galloway Interview with Andrew Culp

2 Jul , 2016  

Alexander R. Galloway: You have a new book called Dark Deleuze (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). I particularly like the expression “canon of joy” that guides your investigation. Can you explain what canon of joy means and why it makes sense to use it when talking about Deleuze?

Andrew ...

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PhiloFiction

Andrew Culps Dark Deleuze: Anstiftung zum Widerstand

18 Jun , 2016  

In dieser ersten, kurzen Besprechung des Buches „Dark Deleuze“ von Andrew Culp geht es um die Nachzeichnung der wesentlichen Argumente, die in der Einleitung vorgebracht werden. Man könnte nun sagen, Culp bemüht sich um einen Bruch mit der bisher dominanten Deleuze-Rezeption, um die Rehabilitierung eines revolutionären Deleuze oder um eine ...

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PhiloFiction

Régis Debray: Lob der Grenzen

16 Jun , 2016  

Eloge des frontières wurde von Régis Debray 2010 in Tokio als Vortrag gehalten. Debray geht darin weit in die Geschichte der Menschheit zurück, beleuchtet die Bedeutung der Grenze im Spiegel der verschiedenen Weltreligionen sowie säkularen Kulturen und diskutiert ihren Sinn und Zweck.

In der globalisierten Welt richtet er sich gegen ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Adorno und Laruelle: Das Nichtidentische und das Reale

13 Jun , 2016  

Adorno spricht davon, dass das „Nichtidentische die eigene Identität der Sache gegen ihre Identifikationen“ (Adorno, Negative Dialektik: 164) sei. Die Erkenntnis des Nichtidentischen identifiziert anders als das identifizierende Denken, sie betont zu sagen, was etwas sei, während das identifizierende Denken sich als Repräsentation des Etwas aufspielt, das nun zum Exemplar ...

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PhiloFiction

Régis Debray: Lob der Grenzen

3 Jun , 2016  

Das vor kurzem im Laika Verlag erschienene Buch „Lob der Grenzen“ von  Régis Debray basiert auf einem Vortrag, den er auf einer Konferenz gehalten hat, die am 23. Marz 2010 in der“Maison franco-japonaise“ in Tokio stattfand.
Debray folgt in seinem elaborierten Loblied auf die Grenze zunächst einem Paradox:

Jeder soll ...

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PhiloFiction

Time’s Carcass: De-Fetishising Toxic Time

1 Jun , 2016  

Time is everything, man is nothing; he is, at the most, time’s carcass. Quality no longer matters.
Marx, The Poverty of Philosophy (1847)1

Corium is the most toxic substance known to humans. It is formed during a nuclear reactor meltdown and is a lava-like substance consisting of nuclear fuel, fission ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

The Bad New: A Maxim and Twelve Theses for the Present Moment

31 Mai , 2016  

25 August. A Brechtian maxim: “Don’t start from the good old things but the bad new ones.”
Walter Benjamin, Conversations with Brecht

1. Time has been thought on the model of rescuing a “good” time from a “bad” time, of extracting, releasing, finding or constructing a “better” form of time ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Andrew Culp: Dark Deleuze – A Short Summary

28 Mai , 2016  

The way I think through another’s work is to write, to question, to take notes, read parallel works that pop out of my memory, cross-reference notions, ideas, propositions, diagrams, etc., and generally push a thought to its extreme limits. As I’ve been reading Andrew Culp’s work Dark Deleuze, which I ...

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EconoFiction, Lexicon, PhiloFiction

25 Thesen zur Zeit (des Kapitals)

27 Mai , 2016  

1) Ökonomische Quantitäten sind in der Zeit gerade auch deswegen veränderbar, weil das Geld als sog. transzendentaler Signifikant für das Kapital die Qualität einer reinen Quantität besitzt, womit das Geld von aktuellen Tauschakten entbunden ist und somit als monetäres Zeichen die in der Ware angehäufte Zeit abgilt, was wiederum nichts ...

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PhiloFiction

We Head for The Horizon and Return With Bloodshot Eyes (Brief Comments on the Plane of Immanence)

16 Mai , 2016  

The question of the status of the plane of immanence has often been interpreted in a positive light. Namely, it is evident to the reader that ‘reaching the plane of immanence’ is portrayed as a virtue of the philosopher insofar as philosophy, understood as the creation of concepts, necessarily relies ...

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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

LARUELLE AND DELEUZE: from difference to multiplicity

4 Mai , 2016  

CONTEXT
We are living through a very interesting period in the realm of Continental Philosophy, containing aspects of continuing progress and of intellectual regression. The regression proclaims itself to be a decisive progress beyond the merely negative and critical philosophies of the recent past. Yet the philosophies of Deleuze, Foucault, ...

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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

Marxism as Anti-Philosophy: An Interview with Dario Cankovic

4 Apr , 2016  

Dario Cankovic is an unhyphenated Marxist without adjectives, a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Western Ontario working on the history of analytic philosophy (specifically the Marxist origins of and influences on the Vienna Circle), with a deep interest in science and political economy.

C. Derick Varn: The ...

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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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EconoFiction, Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Subtraction Theory: The Future of Capitalism

25 Feb , 2016  

Over on The Real Movement blog Jehu has a timely post that carefully evaluates the so-called post-capitalist notion as erroneous. He begins with the worn and obvious quote by Zizek ironizing the notion that “it’s much easier to imagine the end of all life on earth than a much more ...

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NonMusic, PhiloFiction

Wie sich alles „erhellt“ und „erhält“. Von der Musik der tausend Plateaus oder ihrem Bau

12 Feb , 2016  

(Dieser Essay erschien in: Marcus S. Kleiner/Achim Szepanski : Soundcultures: Über digitale und elektronische Musik. Frankfurt/M. 2003, Suhrkamp Verlag.)

„Ich habe den Bau eingerichtet und er scheint wohlgelungen. Von außen ist eigentlich nur ein großes Loch sichtbar, dieses führt aber in Wirklichkeit nirgends hin, schon nach ein paar Schritten stößt ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Stichworte zu Alexander Galloways “Laruelle. Against The Digital”

14 Jan , 2016  

14 Thesen von Alexander Galloway gemäß Laruelle:

1) Das mediale Prinzip: Das Reale ist kommunizierbar, und das Kommunizierbare ist real.
2) Für das Standard-Modell der Philosophie ist alles, was gegeben ist, gespalten.
3) In der Non-Standard-Philosophie ist das Eine eine Subtraktion oder eine Virtualisierung.
4) Das Eine hat keine Attribute. ...

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PhiloFiction

GUATTARI “LINES OF FLIGHT”: the hypothesis of modes of semiotisation (1 & 2)

10 Jan , 2016  

Liveblogging reading Felix Guattari’s book LINES OF FLIGHT, translated by Andrew Goffey.

The unconscious, for Guattari, is “structured” like a multiplicity of modes of semiotisation. This hypothesis contains in germ Bruno Latour ‘s multiple modes of existence, which are also modes of semiotisation:

If it was still necessary to talk ...

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PhiloFiction

Afro-pessimism as Aesthetic Blackness? [Putting the Pessimism in Afro-Pessimism]

8 Jan , 2016  

On the occasion of Achille Mbembe’s new preface to the African reprint of On the Postcolony by Wits University Press.

Mbembe: Critique is witnessing as well as endless vigilance, interrogation and anticipation. A proper ­critique requires us first to dwell in the chaos of the night in order precisely to ...

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Gosse, Necropolitics, NonPolitics, PhiloFiction

Die Politik der Grausamkeit

8 Dez , 2015  

I). Die Politik, die uns anleitet, ist nicht ethisch, sondern grausam.

Wir setzen der Politik der Ethik die Politik der Grausamkeit entgegen. Die Ethik geht ganz auf die Griechen zurück, deren Ethik das Studium des »guten Lebens« beinhaltete. Unsere Interessen liegen überhaupt nicht darin, besser als unsere Feinde zu sein. ...

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Lexicon, NonMusic, PhiloFiction

A sequence of non-musicological praxis corresponding to phases of Non-musicology:

7 Dez , 2015  

A sequence of non-musicological praxis corresponding to phases of Non-musicology:

Marked by a rebellious apprenticeship in experimental music, the first period of non-musicological praxis is not thoroughly non-musical. Throughout Musicology ?, terribly uncreative secondary works of experimental music were composed.

The unexpected discovery of ‘The Principle of Musical Sufficiency’ occurred ...

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documentation, Lexicon, PhiloFiction

On The Radical Left and National Liberation

27 Nov , 2015  

The usual accusation made against Israel or Zionism is that this state was founded where other people were already living. But the founding acts of all hitherto existing polities were never acts of justice, but rather always acts of violence. Even the storybook peace of idyllic tribes and peoples cultivating ...

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PhiloFiction

“is it possible not to love žižek?” on slavoj žižek’s missed encounter with deleuze

12 Nov , 2015  

[Slavoj Žižek: Organs without Bodies: On Deleuze and Consequences (New York: Routledge, 2003)]

The following text can be read fast-forward or in slow-motion. The fast-forward version provides the main argument, the slow-motion version provides the argument plus more detailed commentaries.

We have come to love Slavoj Žižek for his extremely ...

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PhiloFiction

Das Geschenk des Selfies/Gift of the Selfie

11 Nov , 2015  

Auch wenn man fest davon überzeugt ist, dass Selfies die niedrigste Form aller künstlerischen Ausdrucksweisen sind, kommt man um wiederholte Diskussionen über die Werte oder den Werteverfall, den sie verkörpern, nicht herum. Der Widerwille gegenüber den Selfies hat seinen Ursprung in einem ethischen Instinkt, der alles auf die Ernsthaftigkeit der ...

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PhiloFiction

Schneller als die Sonne – Schlafen mit toten Dingen & Vorwärts und vergessen

10 Nov , 2015  

Allem Gerede von Datenautobahnen, Hochgeschwindigkeitszügen und Kopfschmerztabletten mit beschleunigter  Wirkung zum Trotz: In Wahrheit steht alles still. Nur das nervöse Zucken immer engerer Produktionszyklen erweckt den Anschein von Bewegung – wie bei einer Fahrt auf einem Karussel, das auf der Stelle rotiert. Eine Ordnung versucht seit vierzig Jahren, ihr eigenes ...

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PhiloFiction

NOTES ON DELEUZE’S “LETTER TO A SEVERE CRITIC” (2): against Laruelle

6 Nov , 2015  

François Laruelle’s explicit critique of Deleuze was published in French in 1995, in the same year as his THEORIE DES ETRANGERS, which is the book that Laruelle tells us inaugurates the third phase of his research, “Philosophy III”, where he has supposedly abandonned the scientism that vitiates much of his ...

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GenericScience, Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Henri Lefebvre und Rhythmoanalysis

27 Okt , 2015  

Shintaro Miyazaki geht in seinem Buch  “Algorhythmisiert. Eine Medienarchäologie digitaler Signale und (un)erhörter Zeiteffekte” von Platons Definition des Rhythmus als einer zeitlich strukturierten Ordnung von Bewegung aus, wobei Rhythmus immer schon in Relation zu Produktion und Perzeption steht. In diesem Kontext messen Medien die physikalische Effektivität der Materie und ihre ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

François Laruelle: Future Struggle, Gnosis, and the last-Humaneity

27 Okt , 2015  

As that non-philosopher François Laruelle recently said “It is necessary to welcome a certain return of gnosis against philosophy, institutional and academic conformism (amongst other things), but we have to ask ourselves, how do we finally make room for it when it has been condemned to an eternal rebellion. Is ...

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GenericScience, Mashines, PhiloFiction

Blog-Post for Cyborgs

17 Okt , 2015  

We are all cyborgs now. To the point where this reality no longer appears at all striking. As so perfectly pictured in Alex Rivera’s film Sleepdealer (2008), we are biological machines strapped to information machines which together function as war machines. It is remarkable how much of our cyborg existence ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Das kollektive politische Subjekt

17 Okt , 2015  

Auszug aus dem Buch Nina Power   “Das kollektive politische Subjekt” Erschienen im Laika Verlag.

Teaser_NON

Power_politische_Subjekt ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Connectivity as Inclusive Disjunction

17 Okt , 2015  

Abstractly, connectivity operates through inclusive disjunction, a process that puts otherwise foreign elements into communication with one another through an encounter that does not require those pieces to operate through a shared logic.[i] Rather than in-folding some common term, such as the introjection of an imperial dictate, The Metropolis ...

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documentation, Lexicon, PhiloFiction

LINKSRADIKALISMUS UND NATIONALER BEFREIUNGSKAMPF

17 Okt , 2015  

Der üble Streich, den Berliner Volkskrieger dem taz Redakteur Johann Legner zur Strafe dafür spielten, daß er einen vernünftigen Artikel schrieb, kann – anders, als viele meinen – nicht Gegenstand politischer Diskussionen werden. Nur deshalb, weil Max & Moritz neuerdings mit &hibar;Antifaschistische Aktionsgruppen® unterzeichnen, machen sie noch lange keine Politik. ...

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Biopolitics, Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Dispositiv II: Unterworfenes, verarbeitetes und aufgelöstes Wissen

16 Okt , 2015  

Eine längere Fußnote zu „Das deutsche Dispositiv“

Wir stellen uns seit geraumer Zeit das Wissen nicht mehr als eine „objektive“ oder auch nur konsistente Sache vor, welche „die Menschheit“ erwirbt und damit sich selber verändert. Wissen mag mehr oder weniger modellhaft ein unumkehrbares und (mehr oder weniger) unleugbares narratives Gut ...

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PhiloFiction

Taking from behind

12 Okt , 2015  

TAKING FROM BEHIND
ZAFER ARACAGÖK
09/10/2015 – 07/11/2015
ALAN Istanbul presents Zafer Aracagök’s new show Taking From Behind!
With his new show, Taking from Behind, Zafer Aracagök forces the line and the watercolour to a realm of figural trajectories. Finding a point of departure in the rhythms of composition/decomposition backed ...

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Gosse, PhiloFiction

An Interview with Deleuze/Guattari: Capitalism, a very special delirium.

15 Sep , 2015  

QUESTION: When you describe capitalism, you say: ‘There isn’t the slightest operation, the slightest industrial or financial mechanism that does not reveal the dementia of the capitalist machine and the pathological character of its rationality (not at all a false rationality, but a true rationality of *this* pathology, of *this ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Structure and System in Badiou and Laruelle

10 Sep , 2015  

Nothing could be more decidedly foreign to the non-standard philosophy of François Laruelle than the mathematical treatment I am about to give here. This alone seems an excellent reason to proceed. The reader should not expect a thorough formalisation of Laruelle’s theoretical machinery, nor (more likely) a failed attempt at ...

Necropolitics, PhiloFiction

Hating Theory

9 Sep , 2015  

I decided to take Geoff Dyer’s Out of Sheer Rage, his book on not writing a book on D. H. Lawrence, to read on the plane on our package holiday to Sicily. It had been recommended by a colleague years ago and originally published in 1997, it has been reissued ...

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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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GenericScience, Lexicon, PhiloFiction

QUANTUM COLLISIONS Comments on the first introduction to François Laruelle’s NON-STANDARD

29 Aug , 2015  

1) ENTER THE MATRIX

“You are entering a zone of “non-philosophy”… For you the philosopher it is a knowledge-collider, for you the physicist it is a conceptual maze – you are in the Matrix” (first sentence, PHILOSOPHIE NON-STANDARD, 7, my translation). The “Matrix” is Laruelle’s name for what Deleuze and ...

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all, PhiloFiction

Dark Deleuze

20 Aug , 2015  

Included here are excerpts from an early version of the forthcoming book Dark Deleuze and the Death of this World by Andrew Culp.

(2) From the Chapel to the Crypt
There are those who have hitherto only enlightened the world in various ways; the point is to darken it. Some ...

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