January 26th, 2011

S.C. Hickman

The Will of the Depths: A Poem

"The will of the depths is therefore only the awakening of life..."
     - Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Von Schelling (1775-1854)

Tears like angels
never seem to fall
from earth: the dark
"will of the depths,"
he called it, - a force
arising out of itself,
a mystery: the duel 
in the volcanic core,
where sensual things tumble
seething out of the lava
like so many children;
eyes full of laughter, not tears!

     - S.C. Hickman, 2011

S.C. Hickman

Adrian Johnston: On Hume's Revenge; or, Meillassoux's Virtual God?

"For Zizek ...the true subject is nothing other than this nothingness itself, this void, absence, or "empty spot" remaining after the innerworldly visages of the ego have been stripped away."
     - Adrian Johnston

"Let us say in passing that since (philosophical) remedies are often worse than the malady, our age, in order to be cured of the Plato sickness, has swallowed such doses of a relativist, vaguely skeptical, lightly spiritualist and insipidly moralist medicine, that it is in the process of gently dying, in the small bed of its supposed democratic comfort."

     - Alain Badiou

Adrian Johnston in his essay Hume’s Revenge: À Dieu, Meillassoux? for the Speculative Turn tells us that a new enemy has appeared in our midst, one that through insipid and devious means is working not from the outside but deep within the inside of the materialist camp where at the intersection of Europe and Continental theory a monstrous creature has slipped in bringing with it "the enduring validity and indispensability of theological frameworks" (92). [1]  The grotesqueness of this state of affairs leads him to spume: "Marx and Engels must be rolling around in their graves. Despite the virulent theoretical and practical campaigns against religion carried out under the guidance of Marxist historical and dialectical materialisms, Marx’s ostensible heirs in Continental philosophy generally seem to be tolerantly treating the theologically inclined mingling amongst them as non-antagonistic rather than antagonistic others..." (93). Johnston even attacks the later Badiou for his "specious sort of ‘materialism’ suffused with metaphysical realism" and for being hostile to the empirical sciences, while appropriating fragments of Christian traditions into his works "with little to no significant modification" (93). 


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