This is the first collection of critical essays on the work of this most original thinker. Francois Laruelle is one of the most important French philosophers of the last 20 years, and as his texts have become available in English there has been a rising tide of interest in his work, particularly on the concept of 'Non-philosophy'. Non-philosophy radically rethinks many of the most cutting-edge concepts such as immanence, pluralism, resistance, science, democracy, decisionism, Marxism, theology and materialism. It also expands our view of what counts as philosophical thought, through art, science and politics, and beyond to fields as varied as film, animality and material objects. This title provides an overview of Laruelle's thought and how it relates to contemporary debates and other philosophies, introducing and contexualising Laruelle for new readers and making it relevant to students and academics with broader interests. It contains an exclusive interview with Laruelle giving an insight into non-philosophy. It includes the contributors are the best and most current commentators on Laruelle, and the volume includes a new essay written by Laruelle himself.
It includes a bibliography of Laruelle's work and secondary literature.
John O Maoilearca is Professor of Film and Television Studies at Kingston University London. Anthony Paul Smith is completing a PhD at the University of Nottingham. He is also a research fellow at DePaul University's Institute for Nature and Culture.
1. Introduction: Laruelle and Philosophy; Resistance to/of Philosophy; 2. Thinking from the One: Non-Philosophy and the Ancient Philosophical Figure of the One; 3. Laruelle facing Deleuze: Immanence, Resistance and Desire; 4. The Insufficiency of Philosophy; 5. Neither Greek nor Jew: Laruelle and the Critique of Metaphysics; Science, Immanence and the Ordinary; 6. Laruelle and Ordinary Life; 7. The Esoteric Ordinary: Laruelle and the Immanence of Mysticism; 8. Disjunction of Science and Philosophy: Axioms towards a Democracy in Thought; 9. Transcendental Conditions, Axiomatic Compulsion and the Problem of Philosophical Materialism; Practice and Politics; 10. Non-Philosophical Practice: The Case of Film-Philosophy; 11. Not Only as Structure, But Equally as Subject: Determination-in-the-Last-Instance from Marx to Laruelle; 12. Thinking Revolution in Terms of Non-Marxism and Non-Christianity; Mutations; 13. Generic Science: Or, the Second Non-Philosophy; 14. Interview with Francois Laruelle; Annotated Bibliography.