Com-posting or Weeding and Writing the World, Dan Mellamphy

http://uwo.academia.edu/mellamphy
Lecture at B.Stiegler’s seminar on Nietzsche and his fellow investigators of fragmentation and transduction in the wake of  the pre-Platonic phusiologoi, I really appreciate the emphasis here on what exceeds/over-whelms our grasps as opposed to empty speculations about lack/withdrawal, reminds me of the best parts of Lingis.

10 responses to “Com-posting or Weeding and Writing the World, Dan Mellamphy

  1. He also has a good paper on Blanchot and fragment: “Fragmentary (thinking the fragment)” (1998; it’s available on Scribd).

    If I may ask, do you have something specific in mind when you write of “empty speculations about lack/withdrawal”?

    Thanks for sharing the video.

      • Thanks a lot: I didn’t know about their essay on materialism (was trying to locate “new materialism” on the map of the current trends recently: a look back at what materialism is in the first place might come handy). I’m less familiar with Lacan’s “the lack is lacking” than I am with the idea of opening (which could be understand as a non-derogatory “lack”) in Bataille and Nancy.

      • my rough sense is that the ‘new’ materialisms roughly share some attempts (outside of analytic philosophies) to wrestle with the impacts/implications of science/engineering, I don’t find these sorts of arche-typal genre/groupings/shorthands (or even genealogies) very helpful as they often cover more in the way of differences than they offer in productive commonalities.

        • I agree with your comment, which applies to many more current trends. My interest is less in identifying (assigning a fixed identity to) the “shorthands” (or name tag) then to learn about the various mouvements and interests which are claiming them: what do they have in common, what are they trying to distinguish themselves from, and why. Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it.

        • Yes. There at two more books along with the one you mentioned which deal specifically w/ new materialism: 1) New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics and also 2) Carnal Knowledge: Towards a New Materialism through the Arts (at IB Tauris). Jussi Parikka has a couple of texts on the subject including a very short introduction . I went back to Rosi Braidotti who apparently coined the term “neo materialism” in 2000 (in “Teratologies”). I personally found her essay “Affirming the Affirmative: On Nomadic Affectivity” (2006) to be more instructive in regard to understanding why she was interested in a so-called “new” materialism (for her it seems to be about taking her distance from a “post-modernist discourse about the body” (where post-modernity is strongly associated with the linguistic turn).

        • I didn’t know about that one: a couple of essays in it seem really interesting. Sorry about the previous comment: somehow my URLs disappeared.

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