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“Relieved Nihilism”

I once made an acquaintance who claimed to be what he called a “relieved nihilist.” This he opposed to “romantic nihilism.” Both share a tendency to see all human activity, and perhaps all cosmic happening in general, as ultimately meaningless. … Continue reading

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The Mystery’s Wellspring

“To guard the purity of the mystery’s wellspring seems to me hardest of all.” ―Martin Heidegger How one translates the verb “being” need not accord with common sense, which links it most immediately with “existing.” This is the primary function … Continue reading

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Just Reading

Every authentic form of thought contains at its core an undeconstructible point. For Derrida, this is the point where it attains or yearns for justice, or where it dwells in contact with an opening to the other that no single … Continue reading

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ASPERITIES (poems)

ASPERITIES poems by Timothy Lavenz 2015-16 Langscabs true to continue paining confer on the conference- less earthface beings— Mortals made Woundling immortal in the Wordobey wound up with reraise in the others’ mortal fullest space. (Excavate, behind, into the murmuring … Continue reading

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Self-Constraints VI

Non-philosophy claims to be a science of philosophy, able to observe and isolate a system at work in it globally, so much so that instead of remaining within this system it can treat its various idea-complexes as symptoms. In later … Continue reading

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Really Doing Nothing

Eric Santner’s Tanner Lectures begin with the observation that, in contemporary society, human bodies at work do not only produce products or services, but a surplus over them, “work in excess of any apparent teleological order, work that [keeps] one … Continue reading

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Ethics of the Idea

[The following is a translation of Alain Badiou’s seminar from February 15, 2016, part of his last series of lectures on the Immanence of Truths. The video in French is here and the transcript (which I have added to in … Continue reading

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