Scotland, Vote Yes.
Tomorrow, Scotland has the opportunity to vote to leave the United Kingdom, and become an independent nation-state.
Tomorrow, in Scotland, vote Yes.
Vote Yes, until a time comes when there will be no nations, nor states.
Vote Yes, and commit to fight until things are better.
Vote Yes, against despair - but do not love your country, love only what this world could be.
- Fuckyeahdialectics, in Glasgow.
10:07 pm • 17 September 2014 • 32 notes
“Whoever teaches without emancipating stultifies. And whoever emancipates doesn’t have to worry about what the emancipated person learns. He will learn what he wants, nothing maybe.”
— Ranciere, Jacques, The Ignorant Schoolmaster, 1991, p.18
2:30 am • 4 September 2014 • 25 notes
“1. The system reproduces its existence because it goes unrecognized.
2. The system brings about, through the reproduction of its existence, an effect of misrecognition.”
— Ranciere, Jacques, The Ignorant Schoolmaster, 1991, ‘Introduction’ p.xi-ii
2:30 am • 29 August 2014 • 248 notes
“Man and woman, out of you comes the nation that is to come, the lightning of your masses in travail; the competitive order is employed against itself, the aristocracies are supplanted; and amid the general paralysis of an insane society, the confederate will issues in action.”
— Joyce, James, ‘A Portrait of the Artist’ [The 1904 Portrait]
2:30 am • 21 August 2014 • 13 notes
“Idealism and metaphysics are the easiest things in the world, because people can talk as much nonsense as they like without basing it on objective reality or having it tested against reality. Materialism and dialectics, on the other hand, need effort. They must be based on and tested by objective reality. Unless one makes the effort one is liable to slip into idealism and metaphysics.”
— Mao Zedong, Introductory note to “Material on the Hu Feng Counter-Revolutionary Clique”, 1955 (via spectreofcommunism)
2:30 am • 2 August 2014 • 163 notes
“The modern State cannot be grasped as a reality, substance, objectivity (an inert or organic object). The State is not seen. No more than the Law. They do not pertain to the sensible. You can photograph rulers. Not the State. What does the spectator see, from the outside, or the member, from the inside? He does not see the Law, only the policeman. We only see the theatrical appearance of the State, the ceremonial garments. The State is not seen, it is conceived: this allows Hegel and Hegelians to claim that the State is (nothing but) an idea.”
— Lefebvre, Henri, De l’État, vol. 1, 1976, pp. 42-3
2:30 am • 1 August 2014 • 109 notes
Anonymous said: Concerning your most recent post on Hegel, I would humbly like to add a correction to his statement. It is thus: the object of science is to discover truths about the nature of the physical world, and things concerning empirical data. I don honestly think the realm of science can extend beyond this.
What, in your opinion, exists beyond the “physical world”?
Are you claiming there is one sort of substance, that can be known by science, and other sorts of substances which can’t? Are you, therefore, a dualist, who believes there are multiple sorts of substance, and following this, multiple sorts of knowledge (of those substances)?
For Hegel, ‘Science’ is translated from the German word ‘Wissenschaft’, which means something like ‘systematic inquiry’. Hegel is against all mystical ideas of philosophy - if philosophy is to be anything it must be a systematic enquiry. What else could it be?
Do you think that science is simply-and-forever only empirical enquiry? If so, that is a very narrow logical and historical view of what ‘science’ could be.
1:06 am • 1 August 2014 • 6 notes
“The first question is, what is the object of our science? The simplest and most intelligible answer to this question is that the truth is its object. Truth is a grand word and an even grander thing. If someone’s spirit and mind are still healthy, his heart must leap at once at the thought of this word. But then the ‘but’ immediately surfaces, namely whether we are capable of knowing the truth. An incommensurability seems to obtain between us as imperfect humans and the truth as it exists in and for itself, and the question arises as to the bridge between the finite and the infinite. God is the truth; how are we to know him? The virtues of humility and modesty seem to conflict with such an undertaking. - However, one also asks whether the truth can be known, merely to find a justification for trudging on in the banality of one’s finite ends. Such humility is not worth much. Such language as ‘How am I, a poor earthly worm, to know the truth?’ is a thing of the past. Its place has been taken by arrogance and smugness, and some have fancied themselves to be immediately in possession of the truth. - Our youth has been persuaded that they possess the truth (in religious and ethical matters) without further ado. In particular, it has been said in this context that all adults are wooden and fossilized and immersed in untruth. The dawn has appeared to the young people, so they say, but the older world is stuck in the muddle and morass of the everyday. In this context, the special sciences have been designated something that must indeed be acquired, but only as a means for the external purposes of life. Here, then, it is not modesty that holds off from knowledge and from the study of the truth, but instead the conviction that one already possesses the truth in and for itself. The older generation does indeed pin its hopes on the young, for it is they who are supposed to keep the world and science advancing. But this hope is conferred upon the young only insofar as they do not remain as they are, but take on the bitter labour of the spirit.”
— G.W.F Hegel, Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences in Basic Outline, Part 1: Science of Logic [The ‘Lesser’ or ‘Encyclopedia’ Logic], Cambridge U, 2010, p. 48
2:30 am • 31 July 2014 • 16 notes
“…the examination of knowing cannot take place other than by way of knowing. With this so-called instrument, examining it means nothing other than acquiring knowledge of it. But to want to know before one knows is as incoherent as the Scholastic’s wise resolution to learn to swim, before he ventured into the water.”
— G.W.F Hegel, Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences in Basic Outline, Part 1: Science of Logic [The ‘Lesser’ or ‘Encyclopedia’ Logic], Cambridge U, 2010, p. 31
2:30 am • 30 July 2014 • 18 notes
“…the highest goal of the philosophical science to bring about the reconciliation of the reason that is conscious of itself with the reason that exists, or with actuality, through the knowledge of this agreement.”
— G.W.F Hegel, Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences in Basic Outline, Part 1: Science of Logic [The ‘Lesser’ or ‘Encyclopedia’ Logic], Cambridge U, 2010, p. 33
2:30 am • 29 July 2014 • 17 notes