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Intuition as a Method in Philosophy

Intuition as a Method in Philosophy by Adrian Lessegers In Chapter 1 of his book entitled Bergsonism, Deleuze emphasized that intuition is a method of ‘precision’ that follows a set of ‘strict rules’. This is indeed counter-intuitive to what we usually think as ‘intuition’. Intuition is not a gut feel; neither it is the feeling that wins you over a bet or a game of luck. It is, for Bergson and also for Deleuze, a philosophical method, a decisive turn in a given duration or state of things. Intuition provides us precise ways of knowingand differentiating lived experiences and reality itself. Deleuze wrote that Bergson considers intuition as a…

Stiegler’s Memory, 1: The Problem With Husserl

The Problem With Husserl Matt Bluemink To French philosopher Bernard Stiegler, the outer objects that human beings create can be looked at exteriorisations of consciousness; tools and the techniques we create to use them are both essentially a technical prostheticity that is fundamental to our being as humans. This inherent technicity is also fundamental to how we experience time. Indeed, the process of epiphylogenesis (see bottom 1) is how we, through technics, create time; we invent a future for ourselves that is dependent on the acquired epiphylogenetic memory passed down to us from our ancestors. This idea of time as…

On Alternative Modernities – Dilip Gaonkar

On Alternative Modernities Dilip Parameshwar Gaonkar To think in terms of “alternative modernities” is to admit that modernity is inescapable and to desist from speculations about the end of modernity. Born in and of the West some centuries ago under relatively specific sociohistorical conditions, modernity is now everywhere. It has arrived not suddenly but slowly, bit by bit, over the longue durée— awakened by contact; transported through commerce; administered by empires, bearing colonial inscriptions; propelled by nationalism; and now increasingly steered by global media, migration, and capi- tal. And it continues to “arrive and emerge,” as always in opportunistic fragments…

Textual Communities: Nancy Blanchot Derrida by Kuisma Korhonen

[caption id="attachment_6776" align="alignnone" width="277"] Jacques Derrida[/caption] Textual Communities: Nancy, Blanchot, Derrida Kuisma Korhonen (Culture Machine, Volume 8, 2006) You find yourself in a dark room with a table, a chair, and a small circle of candlelight. On the table lies an open book. You are facing the text, and nothing but the text. Everything else in the room disappears in the shadows. There is nothing but the text and you, encountering each other in the, so it seems, eternal presence of Midnight. This is the scene that we find at the beginning of Stephane Mallarmé's Igitur, a scene that we…

The new face of India

The new face of India Pankaj Mishra The Guardian Narendra Modi shows his inked finger after casting his vote in Ahmedabad. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters   In A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth writes with affection of a placid India's first general election in 1951, and the egalitarian spirit it momentarily bestowed on an electorate deeply riven by class and caste: "the great washed and unwashed public, sceptical and gullible", but all "endowed with universal adult suffrage". India's 16th general election this month, held against a background of economic jolts and titanic corruption scandals, and tainted by the nastiest campaign yet, announces…

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