Translation of François Laruelle, “The Cause of Man: Truly an Individual,” from Analecta Husserliana 29 (1990)

The Cause of Man: Truly an IndividualFrançois LaruelleIn Analecta Husserliana 29 (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1990), 49-56.Translated by Jeremy R. SmithPDF Philosophy will have only fought for two causes: the cause of Being and the cause of God. How would a thought that would defend the cause of man, that would finally find within him…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “The Messianic Border,” in Épistémologie des frontières (2012)

The Messianic BorderFrançois LaruelleIn Épistémologie des frontières, Academos, ed. Anne-Françoise Schmid (Paris: Éditions Pétra, 2012), 303-318Translated by Jeremy R. SmithPDF I distinguish between two types of borders: one border called philosophical or even transcendental (universal and polem(olog)ical), and another border called generic or even messianic. I will say very little about the philosophical, referring to…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “The Twilight of Writing and the Modes of Textual Production,” from Le déclin de l’écriture (1977)

The Twilight of Writing and the Modes of Textual ProductionFrançois LaruelleFrom Le déclin de l’écriture (Paris: Aubier-Flammarion, 1977), 201-212.Translated by Jeremy R. SmithPDF 1) The more the structural break within the theory of literature is already in the past, but destined to make its effects felt for a long time, the more the a-textual Break…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “The Constituting Rules of Minor Hermeneutics,” from Au-delà du Principe de Pouvoir (1978)

The Constituting Rules of Minor HermeneuticsFrançois LaruelleFrom Au-delà du principe de pouvoir (Paris: Payot, 1978), 157-163.Translated by Jeremy R. SmithPDF It is with the dominant hermeneutics that finds its instruments within phenomenology and linguistics, its objects of reference in the Text, Faith, Tradition, and Existence, and its fundamental problem within the “Hermeneutic Conflict” that we…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “The ‘Domanial’ Description of Reality’, from Pourquoi pas la philosophie 5 (February 1985)

The ‘Domanial’ Description of RealityFrançois LaruelleFrom Pourquoi pas la philosophie 5: le mystique, le pratique, l’ordinaire (February 1985), 8-19Translated by Jeremy R. SmithPDF The exact title of this essay is the following: the mystical, the practical, and the philosophical from the “ordinary” point of view. We here describe first a general project, a rigorous science…More

Translation of Serge Valdinoci, “The Metaphilosophy of europanalysis,” from La traversée de l’immanence (1996)

The Metaphilosophy of europanalysisSerge ValdinociFrom La traversée de l’immanence: l’europanalyse ou la méthode de la phénoménologie (Paris: Éditions Kimé, 1996), 56-65Translated by Jeremy R. SmithPDF A. The Other Thaumazein[1]Independently of the options of local thoughts, the 20th century – which one might call the metaphysical century – entirely takes on the meaning of thought. Let…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “Futural Causality and Messianity: A Future-Oriented Thought,” in Les Philosophes et le futur (2012)

Futural Causality and Messianity: A Future-Oriented ThoughtFrançois LaruelleIn Les philosophes et le futur, ed. Jean-Noël Missa and Laurence Perbal (Paris: Vrin, 2012), 241-253Translated by Jeremy R. SmithPDF I am offering a certain number of hypotheses that I hope are coherent towards the goal of finding how we are to think an authentic, though very special…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “Which One Resists? Indifference and Resistance” from Théorie des Étrangers (1995)

Which One Resists? Indifference and ResistanceFrançois LaruelleFrom Théorie des Étrangers: science des hommes, démocratie, non-psychanalyse (Paris: Éditions Kimé, 1995), 216-219Translated by Jeremy R. SmithPDF Re-introducing as we have done the “Ego” and “man” on the basis of a science and despite the new meaning of these old names will appear to psychoanalysis like a provocation…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “Invent Philosophy!” from En tant qu’un (1991)

Invent Philosophy![1]François LaruelleFrom En tant qu’un: la « non-philosophie » expliquée aux philosophes (Paris: Aubier, 1991), 145-171.Translated by Jeremy R. SmithPDF Don’t do as philosophers do: Invent philosophy! Radically change its practice! Multiply its potentialities! Stop critiquing and deconstructing it! Treat it experimentally like any such object! If there must be a programme, it’s this.…More