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Branding thought

Branding thought

A new speculative realist  journal is about to begin and has issued a cfp, details over here.  The new journal seems to be only an online journal, although I’m not entirely sure about that.  No details of a print version are mentioned.  Unfortunately it’s not very imaginatively titled, simply called ‘Speculations’, although I suppose this is kind of a ‘it… Read more →

Leibniz, necessity, god

Leibniz, necessity, god

Philosophers no longer talk about God and if they do nobody listens. At the time of Leibniz and the Enlightenment the reverse was the case – philosophers always talked about God and if they didn’t then nobody listened. This, no doubt, was a hangover from the impregnation of Christianity that occurred in the middle ages, during which time the bastard… Read more →

Diamond time, daimon time.

Diamond time, daimon time.

In the instant of diamond time duration incarnates and shatters itself. Many types of duration must exist, this seems to be true almost ‘by definition’. Duration is, after all, a multiplicity. Yet the time that fascinates, that holds attention and throws itself upon us, captures and eludes us, is predominantly the moments of diamond time, daimon time. We uncover these… Read more →

Waving to Nicholas McClintock

Waving to Nicholas McClintock

The reading group on The Fold progresses well, with a core of 6 people attending and a rhythm to the sessions as we work through various moments in each chapter before trying to establish something like a broader ‘shape’.  Yesterday’s session focused on Chapter 5, ‘Incompossibility, Individuality, Liberty’, where the text moves onto a different terrain from the ‘ontological’ pure… Read more →

‘an active line on a walk’ (The Fold – reading notes #2)

‘an active line on a walk’ (The Fold – reading notes #2)

Chapter 2 of F begins, if possible, even more obscurely than Chapter 1.  The first line of F, Chapter 1, is ‘The Baroque refers not to an essence but rather to an operative function, to a trait’ (F:3).  This might be a dense sentence in that it’s implications will need to be unpacked and explored but compared to the first… Read more →

‘…souls are everywhere in matter.’ (The Fold – reading notes #1)

‘…souls are everywhere in matter.’ (The Fold – reading notes #1)

Notes on Deleuze’s ‘The Fold’ resulting from the work being done as I attend the excellent new reading group hosted by Matthew Dennis at Goldsmiths College, with thanks to him for the opportunity to study the work and for the others at the group for stimulating and interesting conversations. Matthew Dennis made some introductory remarks when we first met for… Read more →

Tarnac 9 make the Bartleby move

Confronted by an ever more absurd state power, we shall speak no more LE MONDE | 16.03.09 bwo Multitudes-infos list/ Frederic Neyrat bwo the nettime list / trans Patrice Riemens For four month now, the legal & media spectacle titled “The Tarnac affair” won’t come to an end. Was Julien Coupat to come out of prison for Christmas? For New… Read more →

NVC Reading notes #5 (Some Themes for Thought)

NVC Reading notes #5 (Some Themes for Thought)

As a pedagogic device for working on NVC the suggestion I made to my students is that a series of ‘themes’ are identified which then provide a backbone for ‘indexing’ some of the content with a view to building up a ground for exegetical work.  The idea would be to take each theme – or at least a selection of… Read more →