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Philosophy and Non-Philosophy

2013
Author:

François Laruelle
Distributed for Univocal Publishing

Philosophy and Non-Philosophy

The first concise explanation of non-philosophy and its relation to philosophy

Non-philosophy is not the negation of philosophy, but the suspension of philosophy’s claim to think the real (Principle of Sufficient Philosophy), and it is the invention of new usages of thought and language that disrupt the rational narrative of the real. Philosophy and Non-Philosophy is considered the first fully explicit elaboration of non-philosophy and one of its most important introductory texts.

Each generation invents new practices and new writings of philosophy. Ours should have been able to introduce certain mutations that would at least be equivalent with those of cubism, abstract art, and twelve-tone serialism: it has only partially done so. But after all the deconstructions, after Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Derrida, this demand takes on a different dimension: What do we do with philosophy itself? How do we globally change our relation to this thought, which keeps indicating that it is increasingly conservative and repetitive? These two questions together have prompted what we call “non-philosophy.”

Non-philosophy is not the negation of philosophy. It is the suspension of philosophy’s claim to think the real (Principle of Sufficient Philosophy), and it is the invention of new usages of thought and language that disrupt the rational narrative of the real, which is precisely what every philosophy is. Non-philosophy should rather be understood à la the “non-Euclidean,” namely, as a generalization of the philosophical beyond its traditional limitation by the unitary or “Heraclitean” postulate. From then on, an infinite number of philosophical decisions that are no longer mutually exclusive will correspond with any real phenomenon.

Philosophy and Non-Philosophy is widely considered the first fully explicit elaboration of non-philosophy and one of its most important introductory texts.

Philosophy and Non-Philosophy

François Laruelle is professor emeritus at the University of Paris West Nanterre La Défence and the inventor of the science of philosophy, non-philosophy.

Taylor Adkins is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Emory University. His is one of the founding members of the blog Fractal Ontology and has translated work by such noted thinkers as Félix Guattari and François Laruelle.

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