Tag Archive: Philosophy

I have recently had the pleasure of reviewing Levi R. Byrant’s (Larval Subjects) book “Difference and Givenness: Deleuze’s Transcendental Empiricism and the Ontology of Immanence” for Global Discourse.

At present the review is at the copy editor for the journal. However, here is a copy of the review. In the review i attempt to consider how the non-philosopher can approach and use Deleuze’s transcendental empiricism.

The review can be read here… review-of-difference-and-givenness1. (word document)

I apologise for the grammar and spelling.

Books of 2008

Hi there,

firstly, sorry about the lack of activity on the weblog recently, university work and other projects have taken up my time.

It is a little late, but i would like to know people’s three  book’s of 2008. The books are not required to have been published in 2008, but you have had to read them in 2008. Here, in no particular order, are my three ‘top’ books that I read in 2008.

Levi, R. Byrant “Differece and Givenness: Delezue’s Transcendental Empiricism and the Ontology of Immanence

Paul Virilio “Open Sky

Noam Klein “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Speculative Heresy have posted a collection of 13 papers/articles from Graham Harman. One of the key thinkers in the emergent speculative realism paradigm. This collection looks an exciting read and I look forward to understanding Harman’s Object-Oriented philosophy.

The papers/articles can be accessed from here.

“Why is this idea, apparently so simple, difficult to understand to the point where the ‘death of man’ has caused so much misinterpretation? Either the objection was raised that it was not a question  of real men but only a concept of man; or else it was felt that Foucault and Nietzsche saw a real man transcending himself and, they hoped, becoming a superman. In both cases, we have a total misinterpretation of Foucault as well as Nietzsche (we shall leave aside question of the malevolence and stupidity to be found sometimes in commentaries on Foucault, as the case with Nietzsche

In fact the question is not that of the human compound, whether conceptual or real, perceptible or articulable. The question concerns the forces that make up man: with what other forces do they combine and, what is the compound that emerges? In the classical age all the forces of man are referred back to a force of ‘representation’ that claims to isolate the positive elements, those that can be raised to infinity, such that the set of forces makes up God and not man, while man can emerge only between categories of infinity. This why Merleau-Ponty defined classical thought by the innocent way in which it conceived of infinity: not only did infinity predate finity, but the qualities of man, once raised to infinity, served to make up the unfathomable unity of God. In order for man to appear as a specific compound, the forces that create him enter into a relation with new forces which evade representation, even to the point of deposing it. These new forces are those of life, work and language, in so far as life discovers an ‘organization’, work a ‘production’, and language a ‘filiation’, qualities which put them outside representation. These dark forces of finitude are not initially human but enter into a relation with the forces of man in order to bring him down to his own finitude, and communication to him a history which he then proceeds to make his own.” (Deleuze, Foucault, p73) 

Thanks to Fractal Ontology for bringing this to my attention.

there is a Deleuze and Guattari Wiki Page that is concentrated on providing reading notes and discussion on A Thousand Plateaus. It is worth a look, here.


Alain Badiou on Love

Here is the first video for Alain Badiou’s lastest presentation for the European Graduate School. His topic for the presentation is Love. 



The rest of the videos can be watch from here.

New Zizek Presentation/Video

Here is a presentation from Slavoj Zizek. In it he outlines his thoughts about contemporary ideology and civility. The presentation was given 8th September 2008.


*update. Zizek also backs obama (here) and I Cite sums up why:

Zizek’s position on Obama is rooted in the realization that appearances matter. It matters whether our society is one in which the officially acknowledged ideology claims that torture is sometimes useful, that some couples destroy the fabric of society, that its perfectly fine if the top 1% of the population are vastly wealthier than all the rest. With Obama, then, the domain of the officially acknowledged and acceptable changes. And this change brings with it a whole set of different potentials, different possibilities. The truth of the claim, then, rests not simply in whether Obama, Biden, and their handlers believe it. It’s more than that, the minimal or virtual difference that shifts the entire political frame, that creates opportunities that otherwise would have been foreclosed. So, no, Zizek is not cynical.(read post here)