THE TRUTH OF EXTINCTION:EXTINCTION OF THE SUN

SOLE NERO

 

 

 

 

 

 

The former is of course a key trope in Levinas’s phenomenology of absolute alterity, wherein the radical passivity associated with the immemorial trace of the ‘other in me’ is associated with an ‘impossibility of possibility’ which disables intentional apprehension and ekstatic projection.

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THE TRUTH OF EXTINCTION:BACTERIA-ARCHEA-EUCARYA

 BACTERIA-ARCHEA-EUCARYA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accordingly, thought must be weaned from its organic habitat and transplanted to some alternative support system in order to ensure its survival after the destruction of its terrestrial shelter. Lyotard’s protagonist suggests that this weaning process, which would provide cognitive software with a hardware that could continue to operate independently of the conditions of life on earth – ensuring the survival of morphological complexity by replacing its material substrate – has been underway ever since life emerged on earth.

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THE TRUTH OF EXTINCTION:SOLAR CATASTROPHE

SOLAR CATASTROPHE

 

 

 

 

 

 

This latter question lies at the heart of Jean-François Lyotard’s ‘Can Thought go on Without a Body?’, the opening chapter from his  collection The Inhuman. Lyotard invites us to ponder philosophy’s relationship to the terrestrial horizon which, in the wake of the collapse of the metaphysical horizon called ‘God’ – whose dissolution spurred the Nietzschean injunction ‘remain true to the earth!’ (Nietzsche: 42) – has been endowed with a quasi-transcendental status, whether as the ‘originary ark’ (Husserl), the ‘self-secluding’ (Heidegger), or ‘the deterritorialized’ (Deleuze).

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THE TRUTH OF EXTINCTION:WILL TO LIE

WILL TO LIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genealogy proceeds by positing the will to power as guarantor of the correlation between evaluation and a world that is only insofar as it is evaluated: the will is at once evaluating and evaluated, the agent of evaluation as well as its patient. Accordingly, for Nietzsche, the pivotal moment in the history of nihilism occurs at that juncture when the will’s drive to eradicate value from the world in the name of truth exposes truth itself as just another value.

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THE TRUTH OF EXTINCTION:THE TURNING POINT

THE TURNING POINT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimately, nihilism’s consummation in the affirmation of eternal recurrence rescinds the privilege traditionally ascribed to knowing in favour of a premium on creative affirmation. For only the will that affirms indifference (recurrence as meaningless iteration of the ‘in vain’) is capable of making a difference by producing being, not as an object of representation, but as a creative power worthy of affirmation.

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