Dialectics of Time and Event from Kant and Hegel to Deleuze and Badiou

The Spirit shows itself as so impoverished that, like a wanderer in the desert craving for a mere mouthful of water, it seems to crave for its refreshment only the bare feeling of the divine in general. By looking at the little which now satisfies Spirit, we can measure the extent of its loss. ~... Continue Reading →

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Three Modalities of the Immanent Infinitude: Life, Matter and Thought in Henry, Deleuze and Badiou




In this essay I attempt to explicate the sense in which Michel Henry’s reductive phenomenology rendering Life as affectivity resonates with Alain Badiou’s subtractive ontology rendering the subject as eternity in time. I claim that these two modes of subjectivity are the two modalities of the Real manifesting itself as quality (Henry’s patheme) and quantity (Badiou’s matheme). As the two anti-thetical components of a complementary mode of being and thinking, Henry’s and Badiou’s shifting conceptualisations of the subject constitute a new understanding of the human. In Henry the subject takes the form of the human before its reflection in philosophy and objectification by science. This non-human being of the subject is compared and contrasted with Badiou’s inhuman being of the subject which distinguishes between the human animal and the immortal subject of truth. Henry and Badiou proclaim a move away from the human-animal-machine and towards the human in human…

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To Live and Think Like Pigs

The Incitement of Envy and Boredom in Market Democracies Urbanomic An uproarious portrait of the evils of the market and a technical manual for its innermost ideological workings, this is the story of how the perverted legacy of liberalism sought to knead Marx’s ‘free peasant’ into a statistical ‘average man’—pliant raw material for the sausage-machine... Continue Reading →

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Alain Badiou: What is Called a Failure?

The mid-1970s saw the begin­nings of the ebb the ‘red dec­ade’ ushered in by the fourfold cir­cum­stances of national lib­er­a­tion struggles (in Viet­nam and Palestine in par­tic­u­lar), the world­wide stu­dent and youth move­ment (Ger­many, Japan, the USA, Mex­ico . . .), fact­ory revolts (France and Italy) and the Cul­tural Revolu­tion in China. It finds its... Continue Reading →

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Alain Badiou’s Articles and Lectures on Lacanian Ink and The Symptom

ALAIN BADIOU is Director of the Départment of Philosophy at l'École Normale Supérieure, Rue d'Ulm, Paris. He is also Conference Director at the Collège International de Philosophie. His latest books are: Abrégé de métapolitique, and Petit manuel d'inesthétique. He contributed the following articles to lacanian Ink. 16 - "Highly Speculative Reasoning on the Concept of Democracy" (Also featured in The Symptom,... Continue Reading →

The Subject of Art – Alain Badiou

My Father was accustomed to say, "we must begin by the beginning."  So, I must begin this lecture about the subject of art by its beginning.  But, what is this beginning?  I think we have to begin with the oldest question—the question of being, the question of being as being, of being qua being.  What... Continue Reading →

Patricia Reed: Xenophily and Computational Denaturalization

Xenophily, Alienation, Inexistence. Digram courtesy of the author. Patricia Reed   Intensive incompatibility marks our moment. The multiple crises we face, socially, economically, and ecologically (which are impossible to disentangle), are incommensurate with our existing means to justly mitigate them. These crises did not suddenly appear out of nowhere, but are the result of human making; a... Continue Reading →

Badiou’s Ethical Subject and the Event of Art as Trauma

Riven: Badiou's Ethical Subject and the Event of Art as Trauma Robert Hughes  Ohio State University hughes.1021@osu.edu© 2007 Robert Hughes. All rights reserved. "Can we be delivered, finally delivered, from our subjection to Romanticism?" asks the French philosopher Alain Badiou (b. 1937), with an evident sigh (Conditions 158f, Theoretical Writings 22e).[1] A peculiar question, it would seem, for an epoch often... Continue Reading →

Production, Circulation, and Consumption of Alienation; or: Some Notes on Debord’s Society of the Spectacle

Production, Circulation, and Consumption of Alienation; or: Some Notes on Debord’s Society of the Spectacle by orfeosubiendo / Apr 22, 2016 / Archive Fire First, I think it’s appropriate to begin w/ a quote from Hegel, as Debord himself does, albeit a different selection, one from Hegel’s Jena lectures 1805-6: The human being is this Night, this empty nothing which... Continue Reading →

The Opportunity of Nihilism

  Nicely put, that... "Whereas nihilism is a reactive negational realization entailing destruktion and dissolution, the subsequent post-nihilist move is an active attitudinal disposition and set of practices that necessitates creation. After deterritorialization comes reterritorialization – everywhere and endlessly. In order to survive and thrive the post-nihilist position is thus inherently sensitive to possibility and creation." “The nihilist’s capacity to... Continue Reading →

Accelerationist Art

By Rob Myers /April 7, 2016 / Furtherfield /  Despite its image of rapid technological change, progress under capitalism has stalled. Spinning ever faster is not the same as going somewhere. Contemporary Accelerationism wants to take off the brakes, and it is enlisting art’s help to do so. Taking its name (like every good movement) from one of... Continue Reading →


0(rphan)d(rift>) archive home cv/contact becoming cyberpositive film drift neo future links SYZYGY CCRU AND ABSTRACT CULTURE   Twin System defined 1. [Astronomical]. Conjunction (including opposition). 2. [Anatomical]. Cranial nerve-couple. Proto-hemispheric brain-root (schizocephalization). 3. [Biological]. Binary-synthesis of biota without unification (e.g. - genus diplozoon). 4. [Poetics]. Dipody (2-step metrics). Catajungle: binary polyrhythm. 5. [Mathematical]. Members of... Continue Reading →

Accelerationism: Ray Brassier

Transcribed from the Backdoor Broadcasting Company recording. I’m going to be talking about Nick Land’s work. I’m going to talk about it philosophically, and explain why, because I think that’s a key to understanding what its political ramifications might be. If you want to understand if a politics of accelerationism is possible or feasible, you need to... Continue Reading →

Accelerationism: Mark Fisher and Ray Brassier

Questions after session 1, Mark Fisher and Ray Brassier Transcribed from the Backdoor Broadcasting Company recording. Alberto Toscano: I’m wondering if either of you actually think Land has a theory of capitalism. It seems to me simply an aesthetics, a very common extrapolation from a certain lyrical vision of capitalism which to one extent or another you famously encounter... Continue Reading →

Artaud, Deleuze and The Will to Nothingness


Catrin Welz-Stein – Unborn Ideas

I close the eyes of my intelligence, and giving voice to the unformulated within me,

I offer myself the sense of having wrested from the unknown something real.

I believe in spontaneous conjurations.

On the paths along which my blood draws me, it cannot be that one day I will not discover a truth.[1]                     

Antonin Artaud does not call for destruction of reason through the imaginary but an affirmation of reason’s self-destruction on the way to self-creation. There is a knowledge which Artaud is in pursuit of without knowing what that knowledge is and what purpose it serves. Artaud is always in pursuit of this unattainable and ungraspable knowledge and he knows that, as he is trying to give it a voice, he is moving away from and towards it at the same time. This movement of the action and the intention in…

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Badiou’s Happiness Lesson

Is it selfish to want to be happy? On the contrary, thinks Alain Badiou: happiness is fundamentally egalitarian and to demand it, against its apparent impossibility, is a militant act. The interview below was translated by David Broder; see the original French text here. (Photo: Badiou at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, 2014) Miri Davidson / 28 August... Continue Reading →

“France’s greatest export”: Alain Badiou and The Adventure of French Philosophy

Tessa Morrison / 05 July 2012 / In his review for Prospect of The Adventure of French Philosophy by Alain Badiou, Jonathan Rée poses the question as to whether French philosophy is the country’s greatest export. Rée briefly details the rich history of what Badiou calls the “French moment” in contemporary thought. Focusing on Jean-Paul Sartre, Rée suggests that his and... Continue Reading →

Alain Badiou: The Age of the Poets (Pdf)

The book partially here “If the factory oscillates between pre-inscription and the unsayable, this is because it is caught in the trappings of its function as a machine and subtracted from its true essence, which is to be a political place, a production of truths.” - Alain Badiou via A Requiem for the Factory — New Poetics... Continue Reading →

Zizek’s Philosophy in a Nutshell

We can thus identify three positions [in philosophy]: metaphysical, transcendental, and “speculative.” In the first, reality is simply perceived as existing out there, and the task of philosophy is to analyze its basic structure. In the second, the philosopher investigates the subjective conditions of the possibility of objective reality, its transcendental genesis. In the third,... Continue Reading →

Ölüm Dürtüsünün Ötesinde


İnsan ruhunun karanlık yönünü yakından tanıyan okuyucularımızın gayet iyi bileceği üzere insan denen mahlûk yasanın negatif gücüne karşı sevgiyi üretebildiği oranda edilgen bir hiç olmaktan kurtulup etkin bir varlığa dönüşür. Artık hepimizin bildiği gibi yasanın negatif dayatmalarının ölüm dürtüsüne sebebiyet verip insanı bilinçli bir şekilde ölmeyi arzular hale getirmeksizin kendine kıyıcı yollara saptırması kuvvetle muhtemeldir. Ölüm dürtüsü öznenin kendisini yok etmekten ziyade sembolik düzeni yok etmeyi hedefler. Fakat bu süreçte özne kaçınılmaz olarak kendine karşı da yıkıcılaşır. Yasa ve ihlâlin hastalıklı kısır döngüsünü kırmak için gerekense bilinçdışı dürtüleri bilinçli arzulama biçimlerine dönüştürmektir. Zira yasanın ötesindeki sevgi alanının açılması akıldışı yasalara şiddetli ve/fakat akılcı bir müdahaleyi gerektirir. Eğer “öldürecek ve öleceksin” diye buyuran bir yasa söz konusuysa, ölmekten ve öldürmekten nefret eden okuyucularımızın da takdir edeceği üzere öldürülmesi gereken şey söz konusu yasanın kendisinden başka bir şey olamaz. Bilinçli seçim yapabilecek insanların ortaya çıkabilmesi için önce bilinçsizliği besleyen etkenlerin tamamen ortadan…

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Hegel’s Science of Logic: Quantum



(a) Its Notion

§ 497

Quantum alters and becomes another quantum; the further determination of this alteration, namely, that it goes on to infinity, lies in the circumstance that quantum is established as being immanently self-contradictory. Quantum becomes an other; but it continues itself into its otherness; the other is thus also a quantum. This, however, is not only the other of a particular quantum, but of quantum itself, the negative of quantum as limited; hence it is the unlimitedness of quantum, its infinity. Quantum is an ought-to-be; it is by implication determined as being for itself, and this being-determined-for-itself is rather the being-determined-in-an-other, and, conversely, it is the sublation of being-determined-in-an-other, is an indifferent subsisting for itself.

§ 498

In this way, finitude and infinity each acquire in themselves a dual, and indeed, an opposite meaning. The quantum is finite, in the first place simply as…

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The Future History of a Non-Reductive Philosophical Agenda



Situating Neuroscience in the Context of Transcendental Realism/Materialism and Non-Reductive Naturalism

Inferential Rationality

The question I had in mind as I was in search of funding for a research project that would enable me to write “a book comparing the ontological and the epistemological modes of being and thinking in and through which the subject constitutes itself as object of knowledge in contemporary social and natural sciences” was simply this: “How does it further our understanding of the subject to situate neuroscience in the context of transcendental realism/materialism and non-reductive naturalism?” The answer I have in mind to this question is that “the ideas are objects we are embedded in and embody at once.” This ontological/epistemological principle is the point of departure for a broader research into the developmental possibilities of a new mode of enquiry which would put philosophy and neuroscience into a more interactive relationship with one another…

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The Void That Moves

—“Then if we were to say, to sum up, ‘if one is not, nothing is,’ wouldn’t we speak correctly?” —“Absolutely.” —Plato, Parmenides. We don’t know much about Democritus, the father of materialism, beyond a few anecdotal reports passed down to us from Aristotle […] via The Void That Moves — Southern Nights

Devrim ve Metafiziğe Geri Dönüş: Deleuze ve Badiou – Thomas Nail

Çeviri: Eser Kömürcü Metafizik ve politik devrim arasındaki ilişki nedir? Çağdaş Avrupa felsefesinde en çok itibarsızlaştırılmış iki kavram olmasına rağmen, bu yazı, hem Fransız filozof Gilles Deleuze hem de Alain Badiou’nun çalışmalarında her iki kavramın geri dönüşüne tanık olduğumuzu iddia etmektedir.[1] Fakat bu kavramların geri dönüşü, bütünlük ve devletin tanımladığı klasik metafizik ve modern devrimin önceki... Continue Reading →

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