We Head for The Horizon and Return With Bloodshot Eyes (Brief Comments on the Plane of Immanence)

The question of the status of the plane of immanence has often been interpreted in a positive light. Namely, it is evident to the reader that ‘reaching the plane of immanence’ is portrayed as a virtue of the philosopher insofar as philosophy, understood as the creation of concepts, necessarily relies upon the plane on which … Continue reading We Head for The Horizon and Return With Bloodshot Eyes (Brief Comments on the Plane of Immanence)

Advertisements

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

From Negation to The Virtual: A Note on Deleuze, Contradiction, and Negation

"The richness of Hyppolite's book could then let us wonder this: can we not construct an ontology of difference which would not have to go up to contradiction, because contradiction would be less than difference and not more? Is not contradiction itself only the phenomenal and anthropological aspect of difference?” - Gilles Deleuze, Review of … Continue reading From Negation to The Virtual: A Note on Deleuze, Contradiction, and Negation

Notes on Badiou’s ‘Affirmative Dialectics’

  The fundamental problem in philosophy today, for Alain Badiou, is the creation of a new logic “or more precisely, a new dialectics” (1). It is this new logic that precedes any considerations regarding “politics, life, creation, or action” (1). For Badiou, the two main problems that Marx dealt with (revolutionary politics and a new … Continue reading Notes on Badiou’s ‘Affirmative Dialectics’

‘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)