- A recent study shows that electrical stimulation in the posterior parietal cortex can produce feelings of free will, despite an action never being carried out. (You can find the original article here.)
- A fantastic review of Zizek’s Parallax View and In Defence of Lost Causes over at I Cite. It also includes a concise and dense examination of what ‘materialism’ means for Zizek.
- A new article (‘Janicaud on Phenomena and Infinity‘) from Graham Harman, posted in our Resources section.
- And finally, a highly illuminating response by Harman to claims I’ve made myself about the links between object-oriented philosophy and folk psychology. It seems to me, however, that while Harman is right about the contradictory nature of ‘eliminative materialism’, it’s also the case that Brassier’s particular version of eliminativism escapes this problem. Specifically, while the Churchlands and other eliminativists hold onto some fundamental material level, Brassier’s use of Laruelle allows him to argue against any known materialism. More precisely, materialism is itself a concept imposed upon the real by philosophy – while the real itself remains indifferent to any such gestures. (See Laruelle’s ‘The Decline of Materialism in the Name of Matter‘ for more on this.) As Brassier ultimately argues in Nihil Unbound, the real itself is a being-nothing that escapes any sort of physicalist or materialist system. In other words, a sort of radical eliminative nihilism.