Friday, December 5, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review of Adrian Johnston's Adventures in Transcendental Materialism

John Protevi reviews Adrian Johnston's Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers at NDPR:

"With regard to science, the key division here is that Johnston thinks biology rather than quantum physics, as with Žižek, offers the best scientific grounding for transcendental materialism (16). (The relation to science is also among the points that divide Johnston from Badiou and Malabou. While Johnston's preference for the life sciences distinguishes him from the mathematically oriented Badiou, he agrees with Malabou that neuroscience is the key science. However, Malabou thinks the findings of neuroscience outstrip the ability of psychoanalysis to deal with real neuronal/subjective destruction, while Johnston thinks a properly reformatted psychoanalysis retains some utility even there".

Relinquishing the Transcendental (London, 4 December)