Unreal Nature

May 28, 2020

The Wild Type

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… A reverse mutation (reversion to the ‘wild type’) that alters our vision …

This is from John Ó Maoilearca’s contribution to Bergson and the Art of Immanence: Painting, Photography, Film edited by John Ó Maoilearca and Charlotte de Mille (2013):

… As [François Laruelle] puts it: ‘to philosophize on X is to withdraw from X; to take an essential distance from the term for which we will posit other terms.’

As we saw above, Bergson, like Laruelle, can be seen as a critic of the circularity of (intellectualist) philosophical systems and the ever larger circles in which they ‘enclose’ reality. For Bergson, the inflexibility of ‘ready-made concepts’ carry within them a ‘practical question’ which can only be answered with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ — any nuance, the complex ‘shape’ of the Real, is lost.

… we will not speak for the philosophy in cinema (or any art, viewed immanently) by speaking of it directly (representing it and so transcending it). We can only relay an attitude, a suggested reviewing of this art as philosophy, while hopefully not reducing it to ready-made concepts (be they philosophy’s or anyone else’s — including even Bergson’s or Laruelle’s). A reverse mutation (reversion to the ‘wild type’) that alters our vision, the one that Laruelle’s Théorie des Identités describes as ‘more than an enlargement of the detail and a variation of the optical field’ but also as a ‘mutation in the conditions themselves of the “optic” of thought.’

… There are only directions, orientations, or vectors. Hence, again, there would be no one such thing as ‘metaphysics,’ but rather as many different kinds of metaphysics as there are objects in becoming. Philosophy is process, is the event of transformation: when the object mutates, there is the moment of philosophy, the intuition, the reflexive-feeling when the thing-within-us starts to think, as us. The effort of intuition is the effort of the ‘thing’ as well as the so-called ‘thinker,’ the ‘object’ and the ‘subject,’ re-integrating each other through movement.

My most recent previous post from this book is here.

-Julie

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