“it’s so difficult to avoid supposing the knowledge of the Other and assuming the lack in the Other in oneself.” – levipaulbryant: Larval Subjects .


“Deleuze, following Bergson, advances a substantial critique of the category of possibility, arguing that the dialectic between the possible and the real is unable to give any account of how the real is realized insofar as the real in no way differs from the possible.” – “That is, accounts of realization are unable to explain what the real contributes to being. It seems to me that Badiou finds himself in a very similar position and that for this reason it is difficult to identify his ontology as being genuinely materialist. ..It may be worthwhile to conceive the decision between set theory and category theory as a sort of parallax at the heart of ontology.” – Levi Bryant

“the subject’s gaze is always-already inscribed into the perceived object itself, in the guise of its ‘blind spot,’ that which is ‘in the object more than the object itself,’ the point from which the object returns the gaze.” – “As Zizek describes it, The standard definition of parallax is: the apparent displacement of an object (the shift of its position against a background), caused by a change in observational position that provides a new line of sight. The philosophical twist to be added, of course, is that the observed difference is not simply “subjective,” due to the fact that the same object which exists “out there” is seen from two different stances, or points of view. It is rather that, as Hegel would have put it, subject and object are inherently ‘mediated,’ so that an ‘epistemological’ shift in the subjects point of view always reflects an ‘ontological’ shift in the object itself.” – via levipaulbryant – via Larval Subjects – The Parallx View – Slavoj Zizek

“[He] goes on and on..how his [mum]..did this to him,..giving an account of..dissatisfactions. ..What if the ultimate trauma is not the “cause”, but that there is no cause, that the conflicts of the symbolic..are constitutive, that there isn’t a grand story [to] explain it all?” – “What if any talk of causes is simply a way of minimizing anxiety and horror by suggesting the possibility of an alternative timeline where this dissatisfaction didn’t exist? I confess that I find this thought horrifying. If every master-signifier or narrative I present is ultimately a mythological, fantasmatic frame designed to cover over the impossible real haunting my situation, how is it possible for me to act at all? Lacan liked to say that the idea of the world is a fantasy:” “The world is symmetrical to the subject– the world of what I last time called thought is the equivalent, the mirror image, of thought. That is why there was nothing but fantasy regarding knowledge until the advent of modern science” (Seminar 20, 127). levipaulbryant – Larval Subjects – levi bryant

““Cognition deals with an external world that remains unknown and, as a result, has to come to see that it cannot see what it cannot see..” “..Reality is what one does not perceive when one perceives it,” as Luhmann..puts it” – “Luhmann, of course, was not familiar with Zizek’s concept of the parallax as it had not yet been invented, but the two are remarkably close here. A parallax revolves around that blind spot, that which I do not perceive, my gaze inscribed in the thing itself, that allows beings to appear as they do. If I adopt this point of view on the world– or an Whithead’s language, if I am a “superject” of this particular blind spot –another field becomes invisible to me (incidentally, this calls for a radically different reading of Hegel or new dialectics that has not yet been formally worked through or elaborated). ..A parallax, then, is not a subjective point of view, not a relativism to a subject or observer, but rather a displacement or split ontologically inscribed in the object itself. This split, moreover, is absolute in the sense that it doesn’t allow for a higher resolution or reconciliation, but is rather irreducible.” levipaulbryant – Larval Subjects – Levi Bryant citing Niklas Luhmann

“[In the painting The Ambassadors] I can either see the men depicted..or the skull floating in the foreground, but I cannot see both the figures in the foreground and [realize that the blot is a] skull..at one and the same time.” – “A parallax thus has the structure of a moebius strip. Topologically a moebius strip has only one side and one edge. However, in order to discover this, I require time. It is only by traversing the surface of the strip that I discover that what originally appeared to be on the other side was really on the same side. Zizek’s suggestion seems to be that a parallax is such that “front” and “back” turn out to be on one and the same side, but only when unfolded in the order of time or through a series of dialectical operations.” – levipaulbryant – Larval Subjects – Levi Bryant