Anthony Paul Smith: Does non-philosophy have any necessary (and sufficient) principles that can be recognized across all its phases? Or, is it simply whatever Laruelle writes? Is non-philosophy simply whatever Laruelle says it is?

FL [François Laruelle]: Laruelle does not exist. 

If the film proposes something like an instance or indication of sense, it is the black monolith. Absolutely compact and impenetrable, the monolith does emit some signal, call, or intimation, and it does give a chance —­ this is the beginning of the film — to all of technology and to the (in)hu­manity it contains. But the monolith is not God, and it is not present except by virtue of its smooth, hard surface, as the presence of an ab­sence. (It is indeed true that at this point Kubrick leaves room for an interpretation in terms of negative theology, but what can elude this interpretation is that the monolith, by means of its impeccable paral­lelepiped form, presents itself rather as if it were itself already a prod­uct of technology, a factory-made product….) Odyssey: straying and return, but here — in this we are different from Ulysses — we see the return to straying, the return of technology to technology, the decon­struction of Ithaca, Penelope, and Telemachus, that is, sense that does not close itself off and round itself out. —Jean-Luc Nancy, The Sense of the World 

"Apocalyptists have always cherished a pessimistic view of the world."

- Gershom Scholem


When he is there they
lift the stones together. 
The stones are her lungs. 

—Anne Carson, Red Doc> 

"And now it comes, the point of all points, which the Lord has truly revealed to me in my sleep, the point of all points for which there—"

- Franz Rosenzweig’s last sentence 

"The Law, act[s] as a virus in the organism of being…"

- Agata Bielik-Robson, ‘Tarrying with the Apocalypse’ 

"Redemption is not just destruction — and the Law, its instrument, does not want to annihilate things, but only (only!) to make them exist in a way that is disobedient to the rules of Sein; in other words, it wants to destroy precisely what Heidegger wanted to cherish and preserve in his gesture of Gehörsamkeit — the beingness of beings."

- Agata Bielik-Robson, ‘Tarrying with the Apocalypse’ 

"God can only create or destroy — man, however, can mend."

- Agata Bielik-Robson, ‘Tarrying with the Apocalypse’ 

"[A]s far as the jurist is concerned, as long as it is possible to find even one juridical form, by whatever hairsplitting ingenuity, this absolutely must be done, for otherwise chaos reigns."

- Jacob Taubes 

"For Benjamin, a fetish does not obscure a knowable reality. In his political theology reality certainly exists, but it is unknowable by human beings. Although we live ‘under the eyes of heaven’ (the divine perspective that sees the truth), the world for human beings is composed of a jumble of signs, a ruin. Fetishism for him is the denial of that ruin."

- James R. Martel, Divine Violence 

"First, one has the difficulty of emancipating oneself from one’s chains; and, ultimately, one has to emancipate oneself from this emancipation too."

- Friedrich Nietzsche, from Selected Letters (via violentwavesofemotion)

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