Saturday, January 7, 2012

As I've mentioned previously, one of the books I'm currently reading is Nick Land's Fanged Noumena. It's a magnificent collection of philosophical essays. I just, for the moment, want to note this one bit from the essay "Art as Insurrection":

"What the philosophers have never understood is this: it is the unintelligibility of the world alone that gives it worth." (167)

"Intelligibility." What a word. So many I's in it.


Seem to be on pause with the interview with Tim Morton. Hopefully it's because of his busyness and not irritation with my most recent question--which ,while it was awkward, is to my mind a crucial question.


OK. Another philosophy book I'm thinking about and want to quote from is The Quadruple Object by Graham Harman. Here goes:

"Consider the widespread empiricist view that the supposed objects of experience are nothing but bundles of qualities. The word 'apple' is merely a collective nickname for a series of discrete qualities habitually linked together: red, sweet, cold, hard, solid, juicy. What exist are individual impressions, ultimately in the form of tiny pixels of experience, and the customary conjunction of these puncta leads us to weave them into larger units. This empiricist model is seen as so admirably rigorous that even many anti-empiricists adopt it. Nonetheless, it is a pure fiction. For what we encounter in experience are unified objects, not isolated points of quality." (11)


I think that art (poetry writing, say) at its best is a question and a questionable method.


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