Immunity and duplicity:

biopolitics in a dual extensive world Sharing my paper (20-minute presentation) for the International Conference Immunity and Contagion: Philosophical and Biopolitical Approaches Toward the Pandemic 29-30 September 2022, Vilnius Introduction In his early attempt to win the favour of Fichte, Schelling, at a ripe philosophical age, expanded one of Fichte's intellectual concepts to propose a … Continue reading Immunity and duplicity:

Schelling on Negativity

(excerpt from Self-correcting Paths of Negativity and the Positive in Nature: We have to concede, though, with Hegel when he puts it that there is a logical possibility to recover the ‘whole’, in the guise of the singularity of the Subject (described in the Phenomenology of the Spirit as somewhat analogous to Substance) referring … Continue reading Schelling on Negativity

Of Paraconsistent Times in a/the Nonmodern World

(excerpt from paper presentation in forthcoming conference) When Quentin Meillassoux (2008) proposed the theory of 'radical contingency' in contrast to the ontological spectrum of the 'necessity of being' whose 'telling symptom,' as Brassier (2007) notes, 'is the preoccupation with difference' prevalent in continental philosophy, he may not be aware that his unique treatment of contingency, … Continue reading Of Paraconsistent Times in a/the Nonmodern World

On multispecies ethos

(excerpt from a work in progress) As constituent phenomena born by the colonial past, the threat of runaway climate change and the worsening epistemological condition of post-colonial existence, compounded by the rise of neofascism and neoconservative ideologies in recent years, vis-à-vis the dominant neoliberal mindset of the present global and geopolitical arrangement, reveal a consistent … Continue reading On multispecies ethos

Detourning liquidity

(excerpt from a forthcoming publication on island studies) The game-theoretic approach discussed in the previous sections as a strategy of diffracting power from the peripheries and margins of social order is not independent of the overarching system that conditions its practice within a conquered space. In game theory, however, the system that makes these determinations … Continue reading Detourning liquidity

The Amateur as an Educational Agency

In one of his probably lesser-known essays, Stiegler talks about the unprincipled approach of the amateur, which he compared, in terms of the conflict of intelligence,[1] to its antinomial complement, the professional critic who is supposed to be an expert when it comes to resolving a crisis.  The unprincipled label actually came from Claire Colebrook, who defines Stiegler’s … Continue reading The Amateur as an Educational Agency

International Panel on Bernard Stiegler

Date: TBA Thanks to my counterpart in University of Winchester, UK, and Teikyo University, Japan Experiments in Negentropic Knowledge: Bernard Stiegler’s contribution to the philosophy of education Professor Joff P.N. Bradley Teikyo University, Tokyo, Japan Emile Bojesen University of Winchester, UK Virgilio A. Rivas, Ph.D. Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Philippines Professor Ruth Irwin Formerly Aberdeen University, … Continue reading International Panel on Bernard Stiegler

Stiegler and the task of tertiary retention (E-print) at

Excerpt: "The irreducible inconsistency of the default universal is no different from the supersensible. The Kantian noumenon acquires a full-blown noetic status under the unprincipled noetic act and through the subjective interests of reason, making the ‘supersensible cognizable practically’ (Pluhar in Kant, 1987, xlvii). The amateur imparts the noumenon a distinctive performative value; here, we … Continue reading Stiegler and the task of tertiary retention (E-print) at

Notes on new island realism in the background of the cosmic archipelago

[an Island Studies work-in-progress] What to expect of a volatine planet, a cosmic island in the Kantian sense, confronting techno-climatic entropy? The entropy wave, for instance, has reached an exponential rate in terms of commercial and intergovernmental cooperation laying down the initial template for a space colony, beginning with Mars. In the age of space … Continue reading Notes on new island realism in the background of the cosmic archipelago

On Stiegler and Tertiary Retention (forthcoming)

“We insist that the amateur's role is an essential interlude in Stiegler’s somewhat inadvertent conformist slip into embracing the adult-shielded tradition. Here we claim that, most importantly, the hack is the fail-safe against the potential stubbornness of the ‘second moment’ intrinsic to double epokhal redoubling. We refer to the inevitable dogmatic moment (Stiegler, 2017, p. … Continue reading On Stiegler and Tertiary Retention (forthcoming)

Endarkening and the Limit of the Thinkable

'On the Occasion of World Philosophy Day' [I was invited to give a talk on the theme of Endarkenment. Below is my pitch. There’s slight correction from first upload] To be honest about the topic, the text I have in mind that approaches the theme of endarkenment or the concept of endarkening is the Dark … Continue reading Endarkening and the Limit of the Thinkable

Quick thoughts on B. Stiegler (work in progress)

Firstly, concerning a recent Deleuzian provocation, from Claire Colebrook‘s 2017 essay ascribing Stiegler’s philosophy a “curious problem of range,” we may consider analyzing the point about Stiegler’s forays into digital studies, which, from the perspective of a deconstructive persona, according to Colebrook, makes him an “unprincipled thinker.” Can this description hold outside of the interpretive … Continue reading Quick thoughts on B. Stiegler (work in progress)

Once again, on the death of the World, or why humans have no future

The death of the world, as Andrew Culp introduces in his book Dark Deleuze, no longer insinuates into the phenomena of the death of God and the death of Man: both terms God and Man retain their anthropocentric images, dogmatic images of thought, in Nietzschean and Deleuzian terms. As Culp argues, the death of the World, … Continue reading Once again, on the death of the World, or why humans have no future

What is a God-lobster? (quick note)

To get a clear picture of what Deleuze is saying here concerning the dark precursor that is nature, suppose God is a lobster, “a double pincer, a double bind.”[1] There is a bit of Schellingian aura here, apropos the Deleuzian double articulation (of matter or nature), which states: ‘articulate twice, B-A, BA.”[2] The bi-polar nature of nature, … Continue reading What is a God-lobster? (quick note)

Destruction or Collapse?

As Schelling argued, nature's destruction takes effect under the combined principles of oikos and telos, or economic teleology,[1] in which nature is conceived as a “fixed, and self-enclosed existence.”[2] This concept of nature reflects the condition of “reason and the human race,” which, as Schelling argued in one of his public polemics, has become in itself unable … Continue reading Destruction or Collapse?


As to how nature becomes conceivable by its finite manifestations, or how nature is thought negatively, the task of the philosophy of nature, in a Deleuzean sense, is to deterritorialize a concept of nature known to reason. The difference between the idea of the cosmos and that of the earth is an excellent example to … Continue reading THE DELEUZE-SCHELLING CONJUNCTION

Short of A Transcritique

How does one explore a hermeneutic reading of nature that expands the Kantian theory of aesthetics beyond the need for beauty to support the final subjective interest of reason? As in Kant’s third Critique, this subjective interest must necessarily culminate in establishing the purposiveness of nature by moral intelligence. The recoil to subjective purposiveness demonstrates that … Continue reading Short of A Transcritique

Brief Note on the Schellingianism of Zizek

In ‘Philosophical Letters on Criticism and Dogmatism,’ which predates his famous Naturphilosophie, Schelling identifies the proverbial synthetic ego or the transcendental I as a suspension apparatus that forces itself to create an artificial environment between the real world and the self. It is through this ego that, as Schelling argues, one’s “intuition of the world … Continue reading Brief Note on the Schellingianism of Zizek

On Luciana Parisi’s Heideggerianism

To place Heidegger in context, thinking and poetry are forms of technopoeisis that prepares us for a sort of readiness to what universal technocomputation engenders unhampered on the level of scale. But Heidegger also says that technology is a donation of being. Suppose then that technopoetic subjects must also somehow be willing subjects of technocapital. … Continue reading On Luciana Parisi’s Heideggerianism

Heidegger’s Fourfold: Some hints of contemplative submission to the exo-planetary

Heidegger's fourfold consists of earth, sky, gods, and mortals. Heidegger understood the ‘earth’ as the ‘matter of existence,’ but not matter as conventionally understood as material, corporeal or concrete. The earth is the matter of existence in the sense that it designates a ‘non-quantifiable sensuous’ condition of experience grounded in phenomena, and not in the … Continue reading Heidegger’s Fourfold: Some hints of contemplative submission to the exo-planetary


Advanced text for Webinar on Philosophy of Nature Introduction For the first part of my discussion, I would like to begin with Aristotle, one of the most influential pagans of the ancient world, who once said that humans are ‘adapted by nature to receive virtues.’   Hundreds of centuries later, Thomas Aquinas, the  angelic doctor, expanded on … Continue reading NATURE AS A POSTULATE

A not so positive tribute to Hegel, nonetheless, a tribute

It is this ‘glimpse’ that knowledge translates into laws of nature through the a priori construction of Nature from first principles. This ‘construction’, which suggests it can be finished, does not imply that Nature will cease to be ‘unrestricted’, nor does it signify the most absurd, that knowledge has unlocked the mind of God through this small preview of the whole of creation.

A 5-year Retrospect

I was sinking in the shallow waters of the marine sanctuary, my feet touching the tip of my memory. The mangroves were quietly kneeling at their roots as the silent tide dearest to a night like this was starting to mingle around them. On the far side, the moon was slowly seeping out of her nightdress; her wardrobe faintly burning in a kettle; on the hither, a lone ripple was brainwashing a coral reef, steady and persevering, in exchange for a night without sin, long enough before the light finally reclaimed her place, before the little memories faded in slow, gentle death.

On Ranciere: The Wrong People in the Transposition of Aesthetics and Politics

The site of this transposition, Ranciere states elsewhere, is the “dividing line that has been the object of [his] constant study” (The Philosopher and His Poor, 225) between a particular distribution of the sensible and the dissensus it calls for out of which a unique subject of politics emerges. Ranciere defines ‘politics’ as “an activity … Continue reading On Ranciere: The Wrong People in the Transposition of Aesthetics and Politics

Tale of a New Year

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