Space & Time: Notes on Nietzsche’s Interpretation of Anaximander and Heraclitus

“That which truly is, concludes Anaximander, cannot possess definite characteristics, or it would come-to-be and pass away like all the other things. In order that coming-to-be shall not cease, primal being must be indefinite. The immortality and everlastingness of primal being does not lie in its infinitude or its inexhaustibility, as the commentators of Anaximander … Continue reading Space & Time: Notes on Nietzsche’s Interpretation of Anaximander and Heraclitus

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‘5 Theses on the Politics of Cruelty’ – Hostis: A Journal of Incivility

(A preview from the forthcoming Issue of Hostis: A Journal of Incivility) I). The politics that seduces us is not ethical, it is cruel. We contrast the politics of cruelty to the politics of ethics. Ethics goes all the way back to the Greeks, whose ethics was the study of ‘the good life.’ Our interests … Continue reading ‘5 Theses on the Politics of Cruelty’ – Hostis: A Journal of Incivility

Between Badiou and Spinoza: On Epistemic Conditioning and The Doctrine of Parallelism

“The true is generic, even when being is the power of singularities.” -- Alain Badiou, ‘Spinoza’s Closed Ontology’ (short essay currently in progress...) 0. Intro In a short essay from the 1990’s, Alain Badiou addresses the persuasive force and fundamental shortcoming of Spinoza’s philosophy: it’s force, says Badiou, is that Spinoza has thoroughly proven that … Continue reading Between Badiou and Spinoza: On Epistemic Conditioning and The Doctrine of Parallelism

‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part II)

I. The Function Of Parallelism In Spinoza’s Ethical Theory However, there is perhaps still another proposition in Spinoza’s Ethics, which would present a possible contradiction with our prior argument regarding the metaphysical status of IIP7. In IIIP2 Spinoza writes that: “The body cannot determine the mind to thinking, and the mind cannot determine the body … Continue reading ‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part II)

‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part I)

Two ideas motivate this inquiry into Deleuze's reading of Spinoza. First, how does Deleuze envision the parallelism attributed to Spinoza as an ethical concept, as opposed to an ontological one? Second, how does this lead to Deleuze's remarks regarding ethical difference in Spinoza's Ethics? It is these two questions that are involved in this claim: "There is … Continue reading ‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part I)