Speculations Vol. II

Speculations Vol. II is out now! In this volume, I have a piece diagnosing structuralist metaphysics and presenting the oppositional school of what I term “semiotic metaphysics” which really means “non-anthro-centric metaphysics of communication.” Against people like Lévi-Strauss, Lacan, Badiou and Žižek, I present the work of Deleuze and Guattari, Jakob von Uexküll, C.S. Peirce and Michel Serres on metaphysics and communication. In some ways, this is the first step I want to take in looking more seriously at both Peirce and Serres in relation to contemporary (realist) metaphysics. I’m planning on doing more with Serres soon in relation to transcendental realism and the romantic response to Kant.

You can of course go to the Speculations site and download the journal in PDF, ePub or Mobi formats. Or you can buy an affordable physical copy at Lulu.


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2 responses to “Speculations Vol. II

  1. A wonderful project, Michael – I look forward to more of it (and to reading the piece in Speculations).

  2. Mark Crosby

    Excellent essay, Michael. It sent me browsing back through Maria Assad’s overview of Serres’ oeuvre, READING WITH MICHEL SERRES: AN ENCOUNTER WITH TIME (1987), seeing where Serres fluctuates through exodic, exotic, and ergodic orders (96). In STATUES (1987), Serres writes: “This threefold stabilization defines the status of statues which are, at one and the same time, concrete and real like objects, and bodies of dead subjects, mummified or haunting spectres” (Assad, 116). STATUES sets up THE NATURAL CONTRACT (1990), climbing THE MIDDLE WAY (LE TIERS-INSTRUIT, 1991) to ultimately soar with the ANGELS (1993 – which you so nicely summarize).

    Assad writes: “This epistemological system evolves toward a global awareness of the triadic relationship sustaining a life-giving pattern. But locally chaotic uncertainties reign, expressed by the logically pointless and futile Sisyphean task… Serres calls the acquired knowledge ‘collective immortality’; in nonlinear terms, we call it ‘ahistorical’ or ‘dynamical time’. No matter by what expressions one refers to it, its epistemic-critical mode is ‘implication’, as opposed to explication” (123-124). And this is what Peirce called ‘abduction’, which might also be what Reza Negarestani calls the “traumatic synthesis immanent to endogenic tensions [that] transplants exteriority within interiority and fabricates topologically nested gradients of the universal” (“On the Revolutionary Earth”, from the Kingston DARK MATERIALISM conference in Jan. 2011).

    In theoretical immunology they speak of a variety of molecular signaling modes: uniform, dynamic, and scarce (see Jan.15, 2011 Science News). In a Mar.25, 2011 post at his blog Rudy Rucker discusses “three regimes of fluid flow… Before the waterfall it’s DULL, in the waterfall it’s GNARLY, in the crash zone at the bottom it’s PSEUDORANDOM”.

    Looking forward to more along the lines you’re exploring. Best, Mark

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