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Postnihilistic Speculations on That Which Is Not: A Thought-World According to an Ontology of Non-Being

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When everything appears similar, nothing really is… ~ Alain Badiou Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away…  ~ Philip K. Dick “Why is it easier for some people to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism?” ~…

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Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

Hannes Hummel for Quanta Magazine… Quantum particles may connect through wormholes in the fabric of space-time… A bold new idea aims to link two famously discordant descriptions of nature. In doing so, it may also reveal how space-time owes its existence to the spooky connections of quantum information. By K.C. Cole quantamagazine.org One hundred years […]

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

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Abstract 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…

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Utopia is No Place: The Art and Politics of Impossible Futures

Video of a Lecture by Stephen Duncombe “A growing number of artists are abandoning truth-telling political art for a boldly utopian practice, recognizing that political problems can’t be solved by an atrophied collective imagination. With examples ranging from Thomas More’s 16th-century tome Utopia to the Yes Men’s recent “special edition” of the New York Times, […]

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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 […]

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The Decline of Human Intelligence

| S.C. Hickman| alien ecologies | Dr. Gerald Crabtree, a geneticist at Stanford, has published a study that he conducted to try and identify the progression of modern man’s intelligence. As it turns out, however, Dr. Crabtree’s research led him to believe that the collective mind of mankind has been on more or a less a downhill […]

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Neoliberalism Poisons Everything: How Free-Market Mania Threatens Education and Democracy

Reducing everything—including people—to markets makes democracy impossible, UC Berkeley’s Wendy Brown tells Salon… | Elias Isquith | Salon | Among lefties today, there may be no more toxic and discrediting a label than “neoliberal.” To be called a neoliberal is, generally, to be associated with the worst of capitalism’s excesses — Wall Street greed, union-busting, deregulation, […]

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Don’t Be Scared About The End Of Capitalism—Be Excited To Build What Comes Next

Instead of fixating on a fight between capitalism and socialism, imagine innovating a future economy that transcends old binaries. BY JASON HICKEL AND MARTIN KIRK When have we humans ever accepted the idea that change for the better is a thing of the past? These are fast-changing times. Old certainties are collapsing around us and people […]

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Michel Foucault in Death Valley: An Interview With Simeon Wade

Editor’s Note: Michel Foucault (born Paul-Michel Foucault in 1926) was one of the central thinkers of the latter half of the twentieth century. Neither a traditional philosopher nor a trained historian, Foucault examined the intersection of truth and history through the specific historical dynamics of power. In France, Foucault was a major figure in structuralist thinking […]

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32 Contemplative Hegel Quotes

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (born August 27, 1770, Stuttgart, Württemberg (now Germany) – died November 14, 1831, Berlin) was a German philosopher and one of the founding figures of German Idealism. Based on Immanuel Kant’s transcendental idealism and Rousseau’s politics, Hegel created an elaborate system of philosophy which included history, art, ethics, and religion. Apart from […]

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Nihilism: A Philosophy Based In Nothingness And Eternity

Brett Stevens has released a book entitled Nihilism: A Philosophy Based In Nothingness And Eternity which contains writings about nihilism. It is available for purchase through Amazon. The publisher, Manticore Press, issued the following description: Most people see the world in binary categories. They believe that there is either an inherent moral good that we must all obey, or there […]

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Theatrum Philosophicum – Michel Foucault

This review essay originally appeared in Critique 282(1970), pp. 885-908. The translation, by Donald F. Brouchard and Sherry Simon, has been slightly amended. I must discuss two books of exceptional merit and importance: Difference and Repetition and The Logic of Sense.(1) Indeed, these books are so outstanding that they are difficult to discuss; this may explain, as well, why so few have […]

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