Today’s post in the Speculative Heresy/Inhumanities event comes from Mike Watson, author of the Logical Regression blog who has been critical of speculative realism, and has been doing some really interesting work on aesthetics. His piece today is a short and programmatic statement which argues for an irreducible aspect of the subject, over and above any scientific reductionist project.
I am the subject.
- I am the subject and I exist.
- I am resistant to scientific inquiry as it is I who scientifically inquires.
- I am comprised, as thought, of chemical processes, but I am not reducible to chemical processes.
- I am material in base, but my objective complexion does not indicate the preponderance of the material over me.
- I am the object that is the subject. Definable by but not reducible to norms.
- I cannot be thought away for to think me away is to think of me, and this is not the same thing as to say that to think of me is to be thought by me.
- I inhere even in a non-dialectical objective thought system, as a shadow cast tellingly over the fallacy of such thought, for the thought which thinks such thought is the subject, insofar as subject = thought, even where that subject is composed of chemical processes.
- In a realm where all objects are accorded equivalence (even the human subject) I still exist.
- I am the sole common actor in all philosophical thought, which cannot proceed nor inquire into my honesty or accuracy without me.
- I am an object, and can admit of this without reneging on any of the above points.