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Non-Decision does not interrupt Decision but broaden its possibilities. It allows one to escape the constraints Decision imposes on theoretical rigor, as well as their ontological, aesthetic and political implications. Non-materialism seeks to render matter as not encompassed by the concept, and which determines materialism in being-foreclosed to the concept.

Non-materialism obtains when materialism requires its own annulment qua system of discursive statements about matter. Here we can begin the actual argumentation, which Brassier begins by clarifying the choice for materialism. These furnish the idea of a possibly unitary theory to encompass all kinds of phenomena; as in for example a generalized thermodynamics Churchland,Pg.

Binding the physico-chemical with bio-organic realm in generalized thermodynamics promises something of a unified field theory for Neo-Darwinian synthesis, this promises to bind not only the natural-scientific registers but also to naturalize irreducibly complex socio cultural phenomena. In physics, the superstring paradigm reconciles quantum microcosm subatomic quantum field theory with the cosmological macrocosm gravitational field theory supplementing four-dimensional space-time with seven dimensions: The division between the two fields can be thereby conceived as abstractions from the singular, dimensional field, so that the distinction between neutrinos and galaxies results finally from four-dimensional abstraction univocally determinable Green, ; Kaku, But Brassier timidly reminds us in a footnote that this putative priority granted to subjectivity is usually gratuitously assumed as a pre-conditioning datum for philosophy by conceiving the phenomenon as that which is given to consciousness; the kernel of phenomenological intentionality, but also more broadly what Meillassoux and Brassier will later characterize as the correlationist dogma.

Against this grain of phenomenological insistence on granting man this privilege, Brassier challenges with the possibility of a materiality void a priori from ekstatic phenomenality and subjective ipseity altogether AT: It is precisely this ultimate unbinding from all such correlational kernels that Brassier identifies a site of resistance in contemporary philosophy. But the scientist is not as ill-equipped to answer the phenomenologist in need of an account of human sapience as the phenomenologist is when having to account for the variety and overarching unity of scientific phenomena broached above: But it is no more reductive than the claim that water is nothing but H2O; that temperature is nothing but mean molecular kinetic energy; or that the colour red is nothing but electromagnetic radiation with a determinate spiking frequency.

In them becomes prophesized the prescription that a unified theory of reality demands the suspension of the idea of the world derived from perceptual intuition, where phenomenology remains entrenched to an epistemological purchase insensitive to the unperceivable physical domain. Here perhaps we should take a first pit stop to ask some intuitive questions. For it is tremendously unclear how anything like social dynamics, subjective decision, theoretical discrimination, political experimentation, or ethical guidelines, can be at all reduced or assuaged by such a unified field theory.

How exactly is the prospect of a welcomed reductionism to enable the appropriate distinctions for human interaction in other fields of social life by itself?

Should we assume the natural categories provided by theoryy are utterly sufficient by themselves, or can we envisage the prospect of a vrassier register of description for social phenomena which, although reducible or grounded in this natural register, is nevertheless maintainable, and if so on what grounds – isomorphism to scientific description? Or does naturalism entail eliminativism, of the sort Churchland spouses and which you seem to explicitly reject later in agreeing that paradigms of evolutionary success must remain theory-neutral?


Or is the maintenance of supplementary registers of description merely pragmatic in choice; an option which also seems discarded in Nihil Unbound Chapter 1? That these criteria cannot be ontological follows from the thesis of ontological univocity entailed by the emerging paradigm of scientific unification; thus allowing no room for anything like a transcendental separation between scientific fact and social condition, or any other such permutation.

That is, unless one wishes to reinsert some sort of irreducible set of phenomena on the side of Man, social-being or otherwise. That it cannot be pragmatic follows from the naturalistic anti-noocentric prescription which guarantees that nothing like a vaguely subjective notion of ‘free decision’ could ultimately ground the choice between theories, since the very notion of decision requires its accommodation to the intrinsic demands of a naturalized register in order to remain irreducible to some form of ontological mediation barssier reintroducing the correlation in doing so.

As such, it remains entirely speculative to assume unproblematically a notion of human freedom amenable to the demands of articulating a sufficient concept of decision that does not compromise the vaunted materialism in the same gesture. Finally, what criteria, if not ontological or pragmatic, can be ultimately used to support the possibility of a non-eliminativist development of social, cultural, ethical or political concepts which may be ‘grounded’, analogous or isomorphic to scientific concepts, but nevertheless distinguishable and autonomous from them?

At the very least, the outline of non-materialism does not show how these intricacies could be eventually worked out in accordance to the principles of univocity and naturalism.

This involves postulating that the essence of human being is transcendence, either in the form of subjective Life, Geist, Daseinconsciousness or, let it be said, in the fields of social being, cultural animal, symbolic construct, and the like. So when the natural sciences tell us man is ontologically derivative rather than transcendentally constitutive, they are not making a trivial statement but false. This holds even in the alleged localization of transcendent immanence the localization of immanence as that which is negatively located outside the relational vrassier of mediation.

So this twofold repetition of the transcendental, as one term inside the relation, and its negative exteriority or purported immanence, composes the structural edification of all idealist negative reintegration of the immanent to the relational field which separates it from transcendence.

The obscurity of these observations will become clarified as we gallop along, but it is useful to use the jargon compulsively at this early stage brassieer install a gradual familiarization with them.

There is no attempt of philosophy to provide a transcendental foundation for science, but science does effects aien corrosive challenge to the phenomenological self-image, privileged-access and the first-person perspective. It is the stock of these myths supporting the permanence of subjectivity at the center of our philosophical and socio-cultural world which procreate the dream in sovereign individuals exercising their freedom to consume and that a free-market economy coincides with subjective freedom.

Is philosophy nothing but an ideological critique? In any case, Brassier sums up his case for naturalism with this assault on the by now abused phenomenological tenet: Phenomenology is folk psychology transcendentalised.

This becomes urgent, since Decision does not allow materialism to operate without the reintroduction of idealism, so it must rethink its conditions to ensure consistency. This requires the change from the idea that Decision is an absolutely autonomous self-positing act to where it is relatively autonomous, non-synthetic unity of theory and practice Ibid.

To provide the theoretical scruple requires for consistency becomes the non-philosophical transcendental determination of Decision so that the latter is no longer autonomous or self-positing but relative. Furthermore, the course provides you with all the latest Google updates, either. It will give you a focused web page. Sooner or later, every competitive company will develop or invest in marketing capabilities. You probably sell all types of businesses to promote their business through the widely used media of the modern era theoryy marketing.


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Attempting to think, with some difficulty. The general form of this structure will be laid out below. In turn, as an autonomous discipline which suspends philosophical Decision, non-philosophy can be simply equated with non-decision. This, of course, seems to already reveal something constitutive about non-philosophy and, consequently, about the non-materialist suspension of philosophical Decision: A non-materialist transcendental theory of matter is therefore brqssier challenge philosophical Decision by mining the differential complicity of thought and the real, concept and matter, without thereby compromising their separation, insofar as even philosophical materialism ultimately devolves in the idealist trap: Both decisions are brasseir to operate on the basis of a methodological idealism: The idealism corresponding to the equation of phenomenon and the real is termed phenomenologicalwhile the one corresponding to the isomorphic equation of matter and the real is termed materiological.

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Both share the intrusion of thought which results in the final hybridization of 1 theoy and 2 phenomenon-logosin the failure to achieve their transcendental separation. So non-philosophy proposes to deploy a fleet of non-decisional concepts which do not reproduce a similar hybridization: Here we hear intuitively the names of Kant, Husserl and Heidegger, but we will also cross the intricate paths of Henry and Deleuze.

All be brought to court to reveal their complicity in the perpetration of Decision and thus of a philosophical wedding to indiscernibility to idealism or, as Brassier will later develop in continuity with Brassjerto correlationism. In his initial expository remarks, we can rescue some quick general clarifications about non-philosophy: So the choice remains: The former leads to the possibility of a new speculative enterprise worthy of those revolutions celebrated by Brassier, while the latter leads into the ruin of philosophy as a veritable theoretical enterprise and into obscurantism.

So there are two alternatives at this point: In rejecting the ontological irreducibility of man we reduce man to be one commonplace phenomenon among others rather than an exception to the cosmos.

Brassier can thus summarize his rejection of this seduction: Ultimately the goal is to circumvent naturalistic scientism and phenomenological idealism through a non-Decisional transmutation.

What this does is a withdrawing Man from the ontological while not making him an exception: Man qua radical immanence without essence is not in question because he is not in philosophy. He is given-without-givenness or Vision-in-One that it is devoid of all human attributes so it theorh unproblematiseable as tehory.

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