“The obsessional [is] striving to satisfy all the Other’s demands so as to preclude any encounter with desire.” – LEVI BRYANT http://ift.tt/1Q9DCAU


“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