Archive for the ‘Lacan’ Category

A few days ago the Emancipation as Navigation Summer school came to an end in Berlin. The event was just short of two weeks and included a range of topics from political theory, to logic, to diagramming the space of sex, to technofeminism, to the history of metaphysics, to Iberian cultures, to space travel, and […]


There a quite a few interesting philosophy and theory conferences coming up in the next few months so I thought I’d do a post here: Feminism, Science and Materialism Feb 14-15, 2013 Keynote: Karen Barad CUNY, NYC 1000 w abstracts due November 1, 2012 Duquesne Graduate Conference in Philosophy (Philosophy and Nature) Feb 23, 2013 […]


My goal in the next few weeks is to work through the ten points of the previous post and dedicate an entry to each in an attempt to flesh out (and really explain to myself) the metaphysical Frankenstein’s monster of Dark Vitalism. One question I have is regarding the four terms Real-Immanence-Sense-Transcendence.  The last term troubles me and […]


Zizek’s Unbehagen In Der Nature addresses current discussions surrounding ecology and nature. Right off the bat however Zizek’s conceptualization of nature is limited – seeming to be nature as it appears to us, nature as we can manipulate it. The anxieity or uneasiness that Zizek discusses seems more to be more about the loss of […]


Drugs in Milk makes a few notes on my Lady Gaga post which points out LG’s articulation of the monstrousness of fame-as-drive. The strange repetitious motion of the drive (the pleasure of the mouth moving and not the food within it, not the object within it following Zupancic) describes the function of fame and yet […]


Slavoj Zizek “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce” Wed Oct 14 @ 7pm Cooper Union, The Great Hall, 7 East 7th St, Astor Place, New York Sliding Scale $10-15, $15 tickets include a free copy of Zizek’s new book Sponsors: Verso Books, The Brecht Forum Tickets: http://brechtforum.org/zizek For more information, call the Brecht Forum (212) […]


Repeatedly I have formulated Dark Vitalism as the description of the cosmological cascade or emergence of varying modes of reality schematized in the following way. Real—Immanence——Sense——Extilligence With matter as the operator between the first and second, life as the operator between the second and third, and pathology/drive as operating between the third and fourth. The […]


Perhaps the phenomenological appeal that results from Kant’s critical philosophy is that it avoids the horror of knowing too much as well as the terror of not knowing.  Both Husserl’s intentional passing through the world as well as Henry’s pure affectivity ignores a certain darkness – that of the inevitable heat death of the universe, […]


The nagging issue that I have with Speculative Realism is how synchronicity fits in.  Since having first read Brassier in the Summer of 2008 this issue has not stopped bothering me and, no doubt, it has to do with Lacan as my ‘first master.’  Though I would not refer to myself as a Lacanian I […]


Here is a paper thinking with Speculative Realism (in the second half) in relation to the object and ethics that I gave this past weekend: Against the dominate ethics of the Other, of which Emmanuel Levinas is exemplary, psychoanalytic ethics could, in the contemporary moment, be dismissed as reckless solipsism. The erroneous stability of the […]



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