New Laruelle Related Works

I know that some readers check in here for Laruelle and non-philosophy related news. I recently made a little road trip which included stopping by the Univocal offices in Minneapolis where I got my hands on the recent English translation of Dictionary of Non-Philosophy. Some readers may be familiar with the PDF version of this text which has been floating around, but I really would recommend not using that and getting your hands on this corrected and expanded edition. I was also happy to receive the collection Dark Nights of the Universe, which includes essays delivered at a NYC event by AUFS authors Daniel Colucciello Barber and Alexander R. Galloway along with Nicola Masciandaro and Eugene Thacker.

My co-translation (with Nicola Rubczak) of Principles of Non-Philosophy is out in the UK and is available for international purchase through The Book Depository (which is where the link above leads). The book is the most complete development of the abstract theoretical methods and concepts of non-philosophy other than the 2010 work Philosophie non-standard (which isn’t likely to be translated for a few years at least). I am currently writing a short readers’ guide for the text which I hope will be out sometime in early 2014 with EdinburghUP.

Also in this series is Rocco Gangle’s just released François Laruelle’s Philosophies of Difference: A Critical Introduction and Guide. I just got this in the mail today and it looks fantastic. This is the first monograph focused on Laruelle and non-philosophy and Rocco’s singular talent is on display here. I’ll just quote the opening paragraph, which I rather liked:

“What has philosophy done for you lately? Has it challenged you? Has it saved you? Has it become an instrument in your hands for challenging and saving others? Or has it used you merely to propagate itself? Has it tricked you? In this dance or fellowship or war between you and philosophy, who leads and who follows? Are you philosophy’s subject or its object, its mirror or its image? Are you Master or Save here; maker, tool or half-finished product? To be sure, such images and relations are just metaphors and not concepts, yet we cannot help but ask what metaphor or image would be appropriate to such questions. Are kosmos, physis, polis metaphors? For whom exactly and to what ends? In such matters, the choice of metaphor largely determines the stakes. What are the stakes between you and philosophy? Are these stakes themselves philosophical? Who decides this? Do you?”

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