Review of Weaponising Speculation Conference

“Who knows where D.U.S.T will head to next, and this only serves to add to the audacity and pertinence of the collective” 

Liam Jones reviews D.U.S.T’s two-day Weaponising Speculation Conference at Figure/Ground:


John Mullarkey: “How to Behave Like A Philosopher”

Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought (D.U.S.T.)  and the M.A. in Art in the Contemporary World (National College of Art and Design, Dublin) presents:
John Mullarkey (Professor in Film and TV, Kingston University, London)
 ‘How to Behave Like a Philosopher’
2pm-4pm, Friday 1 February 2013. 
Abstract: In this talk I outline one way in which Laruelle’s non-standard philosophy might be introduced – through philosophical behaviourism. Images of ‘posture’ are common throughout Laruelle’s work, with the seemingly literalised use of ‘orientation’, ‘stance’, ‘gesture’, and ‘comportment’ being prevalent in his writings. Such allusions might bring to mind ideas from Ryle, Wittgenstein, Dennett, and even the early Merleau-Ponty, whereby the conscious intent of philosophers (the world each creates) is eliminated in favour of the shared behaviour, or style of thought, they manifest. Yet this would be a philosophical behaviour without ‘behaviourism’ – the overdetermined philosophy of what behaviour is (which is usually reduced to one or two variables). By expanding the notion of behaviour beyond these limits – that is, rendering it non-standard – it can be seen that the concept of philosophical ‘decision’ (the key structural invariant for philosophy, according to Laruelle) is neither intellectual nor voluntary, but a matter of orientation or posture as regards the Real. That said, what non-standard philosophy may ultimately teach, is less a new thought about the Real, or even just about philosophy, but a different category of behaviour as regards other behaviours – a re-orientation that renders behaviour indefinite.
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