‘Human’ isn’t a category

A  post on the on the “epistemology of affect”  by Rebekah Sheldon at the Nonhuman Turn blog characterizes a certain Posthumanism as a critical project which: seeks to produce an account of the human and its subtending epistemologies that would hasten its end—not the end of the human-qua-human, but of the “species Homo sapiens as a stable ontological category.” This may […]

Reading Stars: Nova by Samuel R. Delaney

  Samuel Delany’s writing has always fascinated me. On the one hand he’s an extraordinarily sensual writer.  His futures jangle your nerves. In the ‘Star Pit’ you feel his narrator’s dejection at being confined within a mere galaxy – a galaxy! But Delaney has also retooled SF to explore identity, language and social ontology. In Stars […]

Levi on "Hominid Ecology"

  Levi Bryant has a great post over at Larval Subjects championing the neologism ‘hominid ecology’ over traditional terms like ‘society’ or ‘culture’. This is motivated by the claim that modernity has erected an unwarranted chasm between the realm of nature governed by causal necessity and a realm of society/culture governed by norms, beliefs, meanings and social practices. The […]

Levi on “Hominid Ecology”

  Levi Bryant has a great post over at Larval Subjects championing the neologism ‘hominid ecology’ over traditional terms like ‘society’ or ‘culture’. This is motivated by the claim that modernity has erected an unwarranted chasm between the realm of nature governed by causal necessity and a realm of society/culture governed by norms, beliefs, meanings and social practices. The […]

Kundera on Xenakis

Milan Kundera perfectly encapsulates what is great about Xenakis: Even being a “prophet of unfeelingness,” Joyce was able to remain a novelist; Xenakis, on the other hand, had to leave music. His innovation was different in nature from that of Debussy or of Schoenberg. Those two never lost their ties to the history of music, […]

Harman on Metzinger: a first response

Graham Harman’s piece on Thomas Metzinger’s Being no One – ‘The Problem with Metzinger’ is available here in the current edition of Cosmos and History. I was looking forward to this since Harman is normally a fair reader of other philosophers. I will reserve judgement upon the whole essay until I’ve had a chance to […]