In light of recent events surrounding Laruelle and Non-Philosophy, I’ve decided to provide my own critique of Non-Philosophy. In large part, I’m responding to my friend Jeremy R. Smith’s recent post which he asked me to do. For anyone interested in learning more about the political possibilities of non-philosophy, his article is second to none. Nevertheless, I’m of the opinion that it maintains a central flaw that is present in the work of Laruelle. Herein, I provide my own critique of non-philosophy, one that Jeremy’s future work will, I believe, attempt to resolve.

My reading of Laruelle (which is heavily…


This is the third part of a three part essay which attempts to theorize COVID-19. The first part, which lays something of a theoretical foundation for the essay, can be found here. The second part, focusing on Agamben’s short essays, can be found here. Following these two sections, this third part attempts to provide a theoretical response to the Trump administrations response to C-19, suggesting that what has been called biopolitics has shifted into something new.

Part Three: The Just-in-Time Post-biopolitical.

Before I begin, I want to make a final concession to Agamben. Nothing I have presented thus far undermines…


Bénigne Gagneraux, The Blind Oedipus Commending his Children to the Gods

Introduction*

Below is the second part of a three-part essay which attempts to theorize the response to COVID-19 in the United States, with a focus on March 11–25, 2020. The first section provided a theoretical foundation, examining Gilles Deleuze’s “Postscript: On the Societies of Control.” This second section takes on Giorgio Agamben’s recent essays on the pandemic in order to put forward an understanding of what is necessary to theorize the novel event. The first section can be found here.

Part Two: Agamben’s use of application

One can situate much of Agamben’s writings on biopolitics within the framework of the…


“Can we go back to biopolitics? Whatever this is, it’s worse” -Mckenzie Wark

Introduction*

This essays, which I will release in three parts, interrogates the early American response to COVID-19 (henceforth C-19) over two weeks from March 11 to March 25, 2020. My aim is to produce a theoretical understanding of the American response to the virus. The first section, written below, lays the theoretical foundation for the second and third section. It does not deal directly with C-19, but rather with the social field into which C-19 is thrown. This section is largely an investigation of Gilles Deleuze’s “Postscript…


The following is a presentation I gave a number of years ago for a seminar I participated in with J. Adams at the New Centre for Research and Practice on Virtual Virilio. The entire archive for the course can be accessed with a membership to the New Centre, but the introductory discussion is available on youtube. What follows is a review of Virilio’s interview with Lotringer entitled Crepuscular Dawn. Because this is a presentation for a class, it might not be as clear as a well formulated essay, and does pre-suppose some knowledge or awareness of Virilio and other texts…


I would argue that one of the most important passages on the relation between Christianity and Capitalism comes from a Walter Benjamin fragment titled Capitalism as Religion. Benjamin was a contemporary of Carl Schmitt, and the two of them often argued in journals in early 20th century Germany. For those who aren’t aware Benjamin was a German Jew who killed himself while attempting to escape Nazi occupation. Schmitt was a German legal scholar who was known as the ‘crown jurist of the Third Reich). Both are integral to the formation of we today call political theology. …


Debord’s Society of the Spectacle is an important interrogation into modern life. Below I have reproduced a brief commentary I made of the first three chapters a few years ago in a online discussion group. I hope you enjoy.

For those interested, the entire text is available online.

On Chapter One:

Right off the bat in chapter 1 the second thesis speaks out to me. The “unity of life” (whether or not it ever existed) is fragmented. All that is is a series of images. The history of philosophy is filled with images — going back to Plato’s notion of…


Rubens, The Fall of Phaeton

The chorus to Andrew Jackson Jihad’s “Kokopelli Face Tattoo” could be the counter-anthem for contemporary political commentary. The lyrics read:

“Hey dude I hate everything you do/but I’m trying really hard to not hate you ‘cause/hating you won’t make you suck any less”

But what really comes to mind is the final rendition of the chorus, where the final line is repeated three times. Yet, the second time the line is repeated with a subtle difference, instead saying “hating you won’t make me suck any less”.

We live in an age of political resentment. We’re hyper polarized to ridiculous…


This essay interrogates the possibility of non-transactional thought. It begins with a look at Nick Land’s understanding of capitalism. From there, it re-envisions and re-conceptualizes Land’s concept, moving away from the language of “capitalism” towards a language of “transaction”. Transaction is understood as a phenomenon of thought antecedent to capitalism, but which informs capitalism. By situating the problems of capitalism within a larger framework of transactional thought, we can turn to possible solutions looking to escape this transactional nature; going beyond (or overcoming) transaction from either Heideggerian Average Everydayness or a Laruellean (non-)decision.

This essay developed out of a conversation…


Sainte Bernadette du Banlay

Paul Virilio can be a difficult thinker to place. His work has developed through a plurality of subjects — from architecture, through war and politics, to media and art. Despite his study of art with Matisse and phenomenology with Merleau-Ponty in the 1950s, it was in architecture — a discipline in which he had no formal training — that he began teaching in the late 1960s. With such a diverse field of interests, there are a number of directions one could go to study Virilio. …

Jacob Vangeest

PhD Student at University of Western Ontario in Theory/Criticism. Deleuze/Laruelle/Nietzsche. Current research on Plants/Spinoza/Simondon.

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