“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ben Woodard, Mad Speculator

This is a good new essay of Ben Woodard's—he has a creative way with him that you can only benefit from. I like the idea of “mad speculation”—it sounds resolutely anti-Kantian. I agree with Guattari that a lot of it comes across as police work. Viz. his strictures on reason versus “fanaticism,” which he sees as reason gone mad.

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