Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews: Philosophy and Non-Philosophy

By Ian James
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

laruelle_philosophy coverLaruelle describes non-philosophy in this work and elsewhere in terms of a 'global change of perspective' (p. 126). It is not the negation of philosophy but a science of philosophy in the sense that it gives us a rigorously formal definition of the structure of philosophy itself and a formal means of engaging with the materials of philosophy by way of a different structural gesture. Non-philosophy would be to philosophy, Laruelle tells us, as non-Euclidean geometries (Lobachevskian or Riemannian) would be to Euclidean geometries. The difficulty and complexity of Laruelle's thinking lie in the means by which he seeks to accomplish this different structural gesture and thereby to achieve the 'non-' of non-philosophy.

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