Little Dramas Staged / Plotting from History / Projective Theory of Technology

Object Oriented Philosophy (OOP) – or turning the Style of Neue Sachlichkeit into a philosophical Doctrine ?

This post ist stimulated by a recent lecture given by Gilles Retsin at the CAAD Chair at ETH in Zurich entitled “Object Oriented Design”. It raised an interesting thought regarding this new and highly popular theory wave called Object Oriented Philosophy or Object Oriented Ontology (associated with Graham Harman, Levi Byrant, Timothy Morton a.o.), which is emphatically welcomed by … Continue reading

Algebraic Concepts Characterized / Little Dramas Staged / Plotting from History / Projective Theory of Technology / Thinking as an Algebraic Mechanist

Within the Republic of Things – what architectonic form would the Roman Capitol have if it were transformable today into a philosophical school?

“All algebraic inquiries, sooner or later, end at the Capitol of modern algebra over whose shining portal is inscribed the Theory of Invariants.” This writes Arthur Cayley in a letter, around 1850, to his friend James Joseph Sylvester [1]. It strangely resonates, as a statement, with another very famous saying, namely every road leads to Rome. … Continue reading

Algebraic Concepts Characterized / Little Dramas Staged

A “Lobachevsky-like” revolution in arithmetics

“I have not yet any clear view as to the extent to which we are at liberty arbitrarily to create imaginaries, and to endow them with supernatural properties” declared John Graves in reaction to his mathematician friend’s invention of the quaternions (Hamilton 1843). Henri Poincaré held it as: “a revolution in arithmetic which is entirely … Continue reading

Book Reviews / Little Dramas Staged / Plotting from History

Wilfrid Sellar’s essays Within the Space of Reasons (2007) – a puzzled question

How can it be, that a Wittgenstein scholar like Wilfrid Sellars, in his recent book Within the Space of Reasons (Harvard UP 2007),when he discusses Wittgenstein’s view in the Tractatus on predication, doesn’t hesitate to leave the entire debate in the philosophy of mathematics which was culminating in Wittgenstein’s time, completely without mention. Undoubtedly, the problem of predication in philosophical … Continue reading

Gilles Deleuze

Not the depth of metaphysics, metaphysical surface

The following text is an excerpt from my book Inhabiting Media, Annäherungen an Herkünfte und Topoi medialer Architektonik (PHD Thesis, University Basel 2009/11) Das »Informelle«. Oder: Zum Konzept der Ähnlichkeit als Medium. »Logic of Sense is therefore an answer to the question: How are series determined with no external reference point?« – James Williams [61] In Logik des Sinns beschreibt … Continue reading

Gilles Deleuze

The idea as a differential of thought

The following text is an excerpt from my book Inhabiting Media, Annäherungen an Herkünfte und Topoi medialer Architektonik (PHD Thesis, University Basel 2009/11) Die Idee als »Differential« des Denkens. Oder: Zum Verhältnis von Struktur und Genese im Sprachspiel des Virtuellen »Jede Umgestaltung eines im echten und fruchtbaren Sinne »formalen« Begriffs zieht hier zugleich eine neue Auffassung … Continue reading

Gilles Deleuze

Not categories, fantastical notions !

The following text is an excerpt from my book Inhabiting Media, Annäherungen an Herkünfte und Topoi medialer Architektonik (PHD Thesis, University Basel 2009/11) Die Frage nach dem Sinn. Oder: Das Problem des Anfangs. »Zwischen den Problemen und den Sätzen besteht stets eine Wesensdifferenz.« – Gilles Deleuze[1] Das Denken unterhält die Beziehung zu einem Aussen. Gleichzeitig ist … Continue reading