“Being cause of myself, doing things because they are a duty that is caused not from outside is a burden and the temptation to seek relief from this burden through perversion was Sade’s temptation.” – Andre Vantino on Zizek’s Sade – “The Sadean perversion emerges as the result of the Kantian compromise, of Kant’s avoiding the consequences of his breakthrough. Sade is the symptom of Kant,” Zizek thus concludes.
“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
“Sade seems to follow only his own call, but on a closer look, his compulsion towards excess is still a result of the deadlock of not fully taking one’s discovery for being one’s own cause into account.” – “We can only be ethical if we do not rely on any pre-given ideas of what is Good. This is the discovery that Kant didn’t follow through to the end, not ready to risk doing good beyond any Good already established, to act outside the coordinates established by others, deciding only in accord with one’s own sense of duty, one’s own call.” – Andre Vantino on Lacan’s Sade
“Justification is only justification by insofar as it is not just reducible to the criteria that standards of justification lay down – a latently idealist position.” – ” Justification itself has to be justified – which can only be evinced by the fact that it points to something which it is not, which could only be truth, and which, as the Rortians-Sellarsians rightly show, cannot simply be some given piece of purely positive reality to which we have unmediated access at the end of and purely outside of our schema of justification, but must rather refer to the determinate contradiction inherent in that schema.” – Im Krebsgang on Zizek’s new book’s thoughts on idealism