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The intuitive butcher

“Because intuition in Bergson is “integral experience” (The Creative Mind, p. 200), it is made up of an indefinite series of acts, which correspond to the degrees of duration. This series of acts is why Bergson calls intuition a method. The first act is a kind of leap, and the idea of a leap is […]

Process as transgression

I believe that without speculation there is no such thing as depth. The fact that in its absence philosophy really does degenerate into mere description may well seem quite plausible to you. This speculative surplus that goes beyond whatever is the case, beyond mere existence, is the element of freedom in thought, and because it […]

Text fragments Seminar 2

Plato, Sophistes, 249b-d Stranger And it must be conceded that motion and that which is moved exist. Theaetetus Of course. Stranger Then the result is, Theaetetus, that if there is no motion, there is no mind in anyone about anything anywhere. Theaetetus Exactly. Stranger And on the other hand, if we admit that all things […]

Syllabus 2016-2017

Click here for details of the 2016-2017 session of the London German Philosophy Seminar.

IMLR website seminar 2015-1016

Eruption of mount Etna – 1 February 2015

 The volcanoe is currently active – and covered in snow. Click here for a short clip.

The Mountain

The tales of Empedocles and Lao Tzu both involve mountains, in which the thinkers vanish. In Ernst Bloch’s writings, the mountain often occupies the position of the encounter with the inconstructable question, fathomless wonder in the face of existence – a moment of interruption that, as yet, cannot be interpreted in the direction of any […]