Translation of François Laruelle, “What is Style as a Political Problem?” from Le déclin de l’écriture (1977)

What is Style as a Political Problem?François LaruelleFrom Le déclin de l’écriture (Paris: Aubier-Flammarion, 1977), p.142-152. 1. With one text, being given or mundane, the productive interpretation of it consists in finding the active drives capable of verifying it by transforming it, by destroying the primacy of the signified, the signifier or linguistic codes that…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “The Minoritarian Enunciation,” from Au-delà du principe de pouvoir (1978)

The Minoritarian EnunciationFrançois LaruelleFrom Au-delà du principe de pouvoir (Paris: Payot, 1978), p.27-39 1) What is a thesis? Thesis 9: The theses concerning power are themselves material arrangements of powers with theoretical effects, i.e., a technology of philosophical and political thought. This circle between the thesis and its object is not the classical “hermeneutic circle,”…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “The Evil-of-Philosophizing,” from Pourquoi pas la philosophie? 2 (October 1983)

The Evil-of-Philosophizing [Le mal-philosopher]François LaruelleFrom Pourquoi pas la philosophie? 2 (October 1983), p.53-54. We know the symptoms of the internal evil that destroys dominant philosophy and its unitary will bit by bit: the growing primacy of the historicity of philosophy  over the Philosophical Decision itself and, hence, the rise in power of the institutional constraints…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “The Organon of the Force (of) the Law,” from Éthique de l’Étranger (2000)

The Organon of the Force (of) the LawFrançois LaruelleIn Éthique de l’étranger: du crime contre l’humanité (Paris: Kimé, 2000), p.327-338 The Non-Kantian Universalization of EthicsWe reprise the previous problem of the constitution of the Neighbour [Prochain] by transposing the problem into the non-Kantian problem of the force (of) the law that has the same structure:…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “That’s the Theory!,” interview with Cahiers de la Torpille with an introductory note by Gilles Grelet (March 2000)

That’s the Theory! [V’la d’la théorie!]Interview with François Laruelle with an Introductory Note by Gilles GreletFrom Cahiers de la Torpille 4 (Paris: Kimé, March 2000), p.98-115 “What’s this new bewildering theory? – Any intellectual proposition that goes beyond the multiplication table leaves you speechless, Lefuneste!”Greg, Achille Talon et l’Esprit d’Eloi This note takes some liberties…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “Let Us Transform the Knowledge of Man Rather than Transform Man,” from Théorie des étrangers (1995)

Let Us Transform the Knowledge of Man Rather than Transform ManFrançois LaruelleFrom Théorie des étrangers: science des hommes, démocratie, non-psychoanalyse (Paris: Kimé, 1995), p.110-112. As a philosophy, humanism identifies two activities that a transcendental science alone distinguishes: elucidate the essence of man, but also to claim make this elucidation happen within man’s essence through this…More

Translation of François Laruelle, “From Fiction to Philo-Fiction and Science-Phiction,” Selections from Philosophie non-standard (2010)

From Fiction to Philo-Fiction and Science-PhictionFrançois LaruelleSelections from Philosophie non-standard: générique, quantique, philo-fiction (Paris: Kimé, 2010), p.488-493, 497-499. Fiction, a new rigorThe point is to combine two phenomena: 1) The inevitable reference of axioms to their philosophical object as a material of symptoms, the hermeneutic side of Generic Science [GS]. In the same way that…More

Translation of François Laruelle “The Essence of The People or The Peoples (of) The One,” from Pourquoi pas la philosophie 4 (October 1984)

The Essence of The People or The Peoples (of) The OneFrançois LaruelleFrom Pourquoi pas la philosophie 4 (October 1984), p.24-34 The Real Phenomenal Content of the ‘Multitudo Transcendentalis’The first task is to get rid of the fantastical image, the circular projection that the unitary paradigm gives of People, Individuals or Ordinary Man. In particular, we…More