Friday, September 14, 2007

Permanent Chaos - The Ejaculation of Concepts

Philosophy lives in a permanent crisis. The plane takes effect through shocks, concepts proceed in bursts, and personae by spasms. The relationship between the three instances is problematic by nature.

We cannot say in advance whether a problem is well posed, whether a solution fits, is really the case, or whether a persona is viable. This is because the criteria for each philosophical activity are found only in the other two, which is why philosophy develops in paradox. Philosophy does not consist in knowing and is not inspired by truth. Rather, it is categories like "Interesting, Remarkable, or Important" that determine success or failure.

...What is naturally uninteresting? Flimsy concepts, what Nietzsche called the "formless and fluid daubs of concepts" - or, on the contrary, concepts that are too regular, petrified, and reduced to a framework. In this respect, the most universal concepts, those represented as eternal forms or values, are the most skeletal and least interesting.
(D&G: What Is Philosophy?, p. 82f)

Let's recognize Nietzsche's imagery of birds of prey and lambs as skeletal.


Anonymous John said...

When all of human culture is reduced to birds of prey objectification then we come to the point of universal destruction as described in one way or another in these references.


2:27 AM  
Anonymous Yusef said...

Hey John, I am very concerned to point out to you that I do not at all attach objectification to the bird of prey; in fact, quite the contrary. We agree, it seems, that objectification is a reduction and a destruction, but it appears that we may disagree as to the processes by which objectification happens.

6:20 PM  

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