Speculative Realist Nature Philosophy and Dark Phenomenology
Complete Lies further elaborates the Grantian faction of Speculative Realism which leans towards vitalism and Deleuze (in Harman’s definition). A cold vitalism and a spectral vitalism are both noted and, while I may fall in the former I might be more tempted to go with emanationist in the sense of Plotinus (if the religiosity and idealism can be evacuated).
I think the distinction lies with one’s articulation of immanence and, in particular, the degree to which that immanence requires forms of non-being. That is, expression for Deleuze seems somewhat related to a folding or a shift of material or matter whereas emanationism is more suggestive of a leaking or ongoing consequence of an original event (in the cosmic sense not in a Deleuzian or Badiouian sense). However, the non-being of the virtual may require more examination particularly through DeLanda’s Virtual Philosophy. In my case, the Laruellian One (as name of the Real) gives way to the originary immanence – the cosmological cascade which becomes various forms of matter which participate in the propagation of forms and powers.
To relate to Alex’s excellent comments as well as Michael’s addendum, the nihilist existentialism (or perhaps dark phenomenology) suggested by a cold vitalism is the conceptual collision of our subjectivities and the heartless momentum of the universe. That is, given an elminativism taken to the gates of negentropy – how are we to live?
For me, this implies a Ligottiesque or Lovecraftian view that does not deny the awful truth of scientific ramifications but takes on the phenomenological world as a macabre carnivale – where our limited mammalian eyes spare us from a reality of ‘meat-nonsense’ and awful vaporizations – of living in the painted world of Francis Bacon.
As Nick suggested in an appropriately gray-skied saunter through the Bowery, this may be what Brassier’s articulation of Michel Henry is setting after. Fields of non-rabbits and senseless clown puppets.
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