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NOTHING TO DECLARE The Language of Becoming (2): The Axiom of Becoming

2) The Axiom of Becoming ¶ « if becoming is a model, not only the duality of the model and the copy, of the model and the reproduction, must disappear, but the very notions of model and of reproduction tend to lose all meaning » (Deleuze and Guattari). ¶ THEOREM by Pasolini tells the story of a rich comfortable bourgeois family that finds its life shattered by a divine visitation. A young man arrives from outside, stays for an indefinite period, then leaves. During this stay he makes love successively to each member of the household – the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter, the father. Before he leaves each confesses that their identity has collapsed and that they are now confronted with their emptiness, their loneliness, their difference – with their soul and its inferiorities beneath their ego. The divine young man goes off and the film (and the book) shows the consequences of this divine event. The mother becomes a nymphomaniac, seeking to repeat the experience with young men picked up in the street. The daughter goes ‘mad’ – mute, and as if paralysed, she lies in her bed. The son becomes a revolutionary artist, inspired by Francis Bacon, doing work based on chance and outrage. The maid becomes a saint levitating and working miracles. The father gives away his factory to the workers, undresses in a public place and runs off into the desert crying out like a man-beast to God. ¶ Beautiful, concise, a sort of... -

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NOTHING TO DECLARE The Language of Becoming (3): Philosophy and the Daimon

3) Philosophy and the Daimon ¶ « We are made of dreams and our dreams are made of us » (Pierrot le Fou). ¶ Understanding a philosopher is like learning a foreign language. You can learn to speak a foreign language perfectly without even letting it touch the different layers of your psyche – from the most banal to the most profound. It remains an instrument. A very different sort of learning can happen if learning the language takes place in situations that are formative of our life. We really do understand the language from the inside – we live inside it as if a new wing has been added to our house. The words to express love and friendship and irritation, silly word games, phrases... -

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François Laruelle’s A Biography of Ordinary Man Video Reading: Presentations

¶ This is the first of a new series of videos devoted to a reading of François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN. -

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Friendship

[Revised entry by Bennett Helm on July 30, 2021. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Friendship, as understood here, is a distinctively personal relationship that is grounded in a concern on the part of each friend for the welfare of the other, for the other's sake, and that involves some degree... -

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Friendship [Revised entry by Bennett Helm on July 30, 2021. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Friendship, as understood here, is a distinctively personal relationship that is grounded in a concern on the part of each friend for the welfare of the other, for the other's sake, and that involves some degree of intimacy. As such, friendship is undoubtedly central to our lives, in part because the special concern we have for our friends must have a... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


François Laruelle’s A Biography of Ordinary Man Video Reading: Presentations This is the first of a new series of videos devoted to a reading of François Laruelle’s A BIOGRAPHY OF ORDINARY MAN. Agent Swarm -


Mini-Heap New links added lately to the Heap… “A box much lighter than the others, nearly falling to pieces with a red cloth hanging out on all sides, caught my attention. Opening it gently, I was met with a face” — the discovery of Spinoza’s death mask “The unlived life is not worth examining” — aphorisms of the late great popularizer of philosophy, Bryan Magee John Locke’s pancake recipe. Seriously. — be warned: between the cream, freshly grated nutmeg,... Daily Nous -


Why Relativism is the Worst Idea Ever The philosopher Allan Bloom once lamented: ‘There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.’ Perhaps Bloom overstated his case, but as a university teacher myself, I think he’s onto something. Do people who proclaim that ‘truth is […] Blog of the APA -


NOTHING TO DECLARE The Language of Becoming (4): The Marriage of Philosophy and the Unconscious 4) The Marriage of Philosophy and the Unconscious ‘Does the unconscious still have anything to say to us?’ asks Guattari, noting the deluge of systems and techniques of interpretation that flood our psychological landscape. ‘Does philosophy still have anything to say to us!’ asks Deleuze, pointing out the existence of an Image of thought that functions to prevent thinking. Perhaps these two questions are inseparable, as if they form a single paradoxical question that is... Agent Swarm -


NOTHING TO DECLARE The Language of Becoming (3): Philosophy and the Daimon 3) Philosophy and the Daimon « We are made of dreams and our dreams are made of us » (Pierrot le Fou). Understanding a philosopher is like learning a foreign language. You can learn to speak a foreign language perfectly without even letting it touch the different layers of your psyche – from the most banal to the most profound. It remains an instrument. A very different sort of learning can happen if learning the language takes... Agent Swarm -


NOTHING TO DECLARE The Language of Becoming (2): The Axiom of Becoming 2) The Axiom of Becoming « if becoming is a model, not only the duality of the model and the copy, of the model and the reproduction, must disappear, but the very notions of model and of reproduction tend to lose all meaning » (Deleuze and Guattari). THEOREM by Pasolini tells the story of a rich comfortable bourgeois family that finds its life shattered by a divine visitation. A young man arrives from outside, stays for an... Agent Swarm -


NOTHING TO DECLARE The Language of Becoming (1): Dark Crystal This is the first part (out of four) of an article originally published in TENSION Issue 9: « Murmur of the Soul », May 1986. The impetus to finally put it into blog-readable form was provided by an episode of the podcast ACID HORIZON devoted to « Inner Experience: From James Hillman’s Archetypal Psychology towards a Liberation Psychology ». This is a very interesting episode introducing the insufficiently known and read post-Jungian analyst and cultural theorist James Hillman and... Agent Swarm -


Online talk about George Eliot and Spinoza (Agora Series) The School of Liberal Arts, University of Wollongong invites you attend the online Agora Speaker Series on Thursday 5 August, 3.30 to 5.00 PM AEST. Register here Dr Sophie Frazer (University of Wollongong) “Speaking brokenly”: Reading Romola with Spinoza  George Eliot’s historical romance Romola (1862-3) has long been considered a failure. An ambitious revivification of Renaissance Florence, with an exacting verisimilitude, Romola has often been judged a failure of style and story. In this paper, I argue that Romola is one of the... Feminist History of Philosophy -


The Right Global Warming Message  YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO EAT. YOU WON'T HAVE ANY MORE FOOD TO EAT.  Ecology Without Nature -


Speaking with the Living, Speaking with the Dead, and Maybe Not Caring Which Is Which Since the pandemic began, I've been meeting people, apart from my family, mainly through Zoom. I see their faces on a screen. I hear their voices through headphones. This is what it has become to interact with someone. Maybe future generations will find this type of interaction ever more natural and satisfying. "Deepfake" technology is also improving. We can create Anthony Bourdain's voice and hear him read aloud words that he never actually read aloud.... Splintered Mind -


GOOD NEWS Next spring semester, starting in early January, I will be teaching an advanced undergraduate course in the UNC philosophy department. The title of the course is “Advanced Political Philosophy” but apparently that is a placeholder into which I can put anything I choose. I have decided to teach a very traditional course with a twist.   The course will be divided into three roughly equal parts and the theme of the entire course will be... The Philosopher’s Stone -


A LITTLE BOY WAS TENDING SHEEP Several of you mocked me for describing the Republican Party as a full on fascist party. Lord, how I hope you are right! How I hope that I am just reliving the nightmares of my youth, aWolff crying wolf. I have been binge watching Downton Abbey, and at one point in the last series, Neville Chamberlain shows up to dinner, having been conned into it by the splendid character played by Maggie Smith. Needless to say,... The Philosopher’s Stone -


Evil and the philosophy of history images: Two residents of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad)Vast numbers of words have been written about the atrocities of the twentieth century -- about the Holocaust, about Stalin's war of starvation against Ukraine's peasants, about the Gulag, and about other periods of unimaginable and deliberate mass suffering throughout the century. First-person accounts, historians' narratives, sociologists' and psychologists' studies of perpetrators' behavior, novelists, filmmakers, and playwrights, exhibition curators ... all of these kinds of works are available to us as... Understanding Society -


Ethics, Law & Natural Hazards In today's blog, Lauren Traczykowski (Aston University) presents her new book: Ethics, Law & Natural Hazards: The Moral Imperative for Intervention Post-Disaster (Routledge 2021).Some of the first official feedback I received on my research was that it was morbid. Well, yes, I guess; I am interested in post-natural hazard response. I study the ethical what should happen when we have mass casualties, large scale homelessness or even physical insecurity after say, an earthquake, volcanic eruption, tsunami, hurricane, etc. and... Imperfect Cognitions -


Puddle When I was just a puddle of water with a face Carol protected me. She took me into her body like a balloon and truth be told I didn’t know the adventures she went on with me inside her; she was a membrane protecting me from the salty ocean, and a warm environment — she kept me from freezing, she kept me from drying out. She also, and I am not sure how I feel... Eric Linus Kaplan -


Regularity and Inferential Theories of Causation [New Entry by Holger Andreas and Mario Guenther on July 27, 2021.] A cause is regularly followed by its effect. This idea is at the core of regularity theories of causation. The most influential regularity theory can be found in Hume (1739). The theory has been refined by Mill (1843) who insisted that the relevant regularities are laws of nature. Further refinements used to enjoy popularity until David Lewis (1973) criticized the regularity theory and... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


Shankara and The Witness (Saksin)   The ego which is pervaded by the reflection of Consciousness is called the knower or the agent of the action of knowing.  One who knows oneself, the Witness, to be distinct from all these three is a (real) knower of the Self. The modifications of the intellect, called ‘right knowledge’, ‘doubtful knowledge’, and ‘false knowledge’, deviate from their existence.  There is one and the same Consciousness in all of them.  The differences are due... Ombhurbhuva -


Reverse Psychology  This is what I'd say about the vaccine if I was Biden. "You Republicans are now killing each other with your vaccine disinformation. Good. See what I care. Hurry up and die."  Ecology Without Nature -


The Pure Theory of Law [Revised entry by Andrei Marmor on July 26, 2021. Changes to: Bibliography] The idea of a Pure Theory of Law was propounded by the formidable Austrian jurist and philosopher Hans Kelsen (1881 - 1973) (see the bibliographical note). Kelsen began his long career as a legal theorist at the beginning of the 20th century. The traditional legal philosophies at the time, were, Kelsen claimed, hopelessly contaminated with political ideology and moralizing on the one hand,... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -