• StreetlightX
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    Reading for 2018! (Bold indicates favourites)

    Philosophy of Math

    Albert Lautman - Mathematics, Ideas, and the Physical Real
    Fernando Zalamea - Peirce's Logic of Continuity: A Conceptual and Mathematical Approach
    Fernando Zalamea - Synthetic Philosophy of Contemporary Mathematics
    Mary Tiles - The Philosophy of Set Theory - An Historical Introduction to Cantor's Paradise
    Brian Rotman - Becoming Beside Ourselves: The Alphabet, Ghosts, and Distributed Human Being
    Brina Rotman - Mathematics as Sign: Writing, Imagining, Counting
    Brian Rotman - Signifying Nothing: The Semiotics of Zero
    Brian Rotman - Ad Infinitum... The Ghost in Turing's Machine: Taking God Out of Mathematics and Putting the Body Back In. An Essay In Corporeal Semiotics
    Bob Clark - Wittgenstein, Mathematics, and World

    Animals and Aesthetics

    Elizabeth Grosz - Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art
    Elizabeth Grosz - Time Travels: Feminism, Nature, Power
    Raymond Ruyer - Neofinalism
    Jakob von Uexküll - A Foray Into the Worlds of Animals and Humans: With a Theory of Meaning
    Richard Prum - The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - And Us
    Adolf Portmann - Animal Forms and Patterns: A Study of the Appearance of Animals
    D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson - On Growth and Form
    Andreas Wagner - Arrival of the Fittest: How Nature Innovates

    Deleuze, the Digital, and Aesthetics

    Aden Evens - Logic of the Digital
    Claire Colebrook - Blake, Deleuzian Aesthetics, and the Digital
    Alexander Gallloway - The Interface Effect
    Seb Franklin - Control: Digitality as Cultural Logic
    Ronald Bogue - Deleuze on Music, Painting, and the Arts
    Anne Sauvagnargues - Artmachines: Deleuze, Guattari, Simondon
    Anne Sauvagnargues - Deleuze and Art
    Daniella Voss - Conditions of Thought: Deleuze and Transcendental Ideas
    Elizabeth Grosz - The Incorporeal: Ontology, Ethics, and the Limits of Materialism

    Agamben and Virno

    Giorgio Agamben - What Is Real?
    Giorgio Agamben - What Is an Apparatus? And Other Essays
    Giorgio Agamben - What Is Philosophy
    Giorgio Agamben - Taste
    Giorgio Agamben - The Use of Bodies
    Giorgio Agamben - The Sacrament of Language: An Archaeology of the Oath
    Giorgio Agamben - Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy
    Giorgio Agamben - The Unspeakable Girl: The Myth and Mystery of Kore
    Giorgio Agamben - The Fire and the Tale
    Giorgio Agamben - The Adventure
    Giorgio Agamben - Karman: A Brief Treatise on Action, Guilt, and Gesture
    Paolo Virno - Essay on Linguistic Negation: For a Linguistic Anthropology
    Paolo Virno - When the Word Becomes Flesh
    Paolo Virno - A Grammar of the Multitude: For an Analysis of Contemporary Forms of Life

    Other

    Wilfrid Sellars - Science, Perception, and Reality
    Wilfrid Sellars - Naturalism and Ontology
    Walter J. Ong - Orality and Literacy
    Damien Cahill & Phillip Toner - Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired
    Etienne Balibar - Spinoza and Politics
    Moria Gatens & Genevive Lloyd - Collective Imaginings: Spinoza, Past and Present
    Daniel Dor - The Instruction of Imagination: Language as a Social Communication Technology
    Mark Fisher - Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
    Bruce Pascoe - Dark Emu
    Miguel Sicart - Play Matters
    Byung-Chul Han - Shanzhai: Deconstruction in Chinese
    Byung-Chul Han - The Agony of Eros

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    This was a super interesting year, where I kinda oscillated between the super abstract (math) and the super concrete (aesthetics), so as to get a better feel for the relation between the two. Not a great deal of politics or sociology this year, which is always a bit of a failing, so maybe this is something I can remedy next year. I think the path forward is going to consist in a bit more math - especially Wittgenstein - and after, possibly a project on gesture and language. In any case, happy reading for the New Year everyone! And of course:

    Currently Reading: Jose Benardete - Infinity: An Essay on Metaphysics. This is a book I've heard credited for helping to revive analytic metaphysics, and also as having affinities with Deleuzian metaphysics, so I'm pretty hyped for it.
  • Maw
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    Essayism: On Form, Feeling, and Non-Fiction by Brian Dillion
    The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood
  • Maw
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    Oh right in 2018 I read:

    The Heights of Despair by Cioran (reread)
    Tears & Saints by Cioran (reread)
    A Short History of Decay by Cioran (reread)
    All Gall Is Divided by Cioran (reread)
    The Temptation to Exist by Cioran (reread)
    History and Utopia by Cioran (reread)
    The Fall into Time by Cioran (reread)
    The New Gods by Cioran (reread)
    The Demiurge by Cioran (reread)
    The Trouble With Being Born by Cioran(reread)
    Drawn & Quartered by Cioran (reread)
    Anathemas and Admirations by Cioran (reread)
    The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai
    Seibo There Below by Laszlo Krasznahorkai
    The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (reread)
    Dark Money by Jane Mayer
    A Hero Born by Jin Yong
    The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism From Edmund Burke to Donald Trump by Corey Robin
    Satantango by László Krasznahorkai (and then watched the 7+ hr movie lol)
    Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
    The Trial by Kafka
    The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu
    Capital volume 1 by Karl Marx (reread)
    Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky
    The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Dracula by Bram Stoker
    Capital volume 2 by Karl Marx
  • Maw
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    Mark Fisher - Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?StreetlightX

    Just got this, starting this after I finish Dillion's short book
  • StreetlightX
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    Just got this, starting this after I finish Dillion's short bookMaw

    It's good. It packages contemporary Marxist critique in a clear and accessible way, with an emphasis on education and mental health. A short, depressing, and punchy read.
  • Maw
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    A short, depressing, and punchy read.StreetlightX

    That's my jam
  • darthbarracuda
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    The Elementary Particles aka Atomized by Houellebecq was fantastic. Reading Submission now.
  • Nicholas
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    The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk and whatever of Irving Babbitt I can find. Babbitt's translation and the following essay about the Dhammapada by Buddha is nifty.
    Santayana is next, I read his Last Puritan as a child, so time to go deeper.
  • csalisbury
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    How do you like Krasznahorkai?
  • Maw
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    Well I read three of his books within a few months and watched the Bela Tarr film Satantango which was over 7 hours long so I guess you can say I adore his work.
  • csalisbury
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    Isn't he great? My favorite is War&War which I'm guessing you're close to getting around to - but I haven't read Melancholy (I own it, but I'm on a self-imposed no-dark-or-overly-theoretical-book regimen at the moment. One day.)
  • Maw
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    War & War is next on my list. Melancholy is excellent, I'm not sure if I enjoy that or Satantango more, but they are two of my favorite books of all time. Seibo There Below was great but a somewhat odd departure.
  • csalisbury
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    Re: Seibo, agreed. Reading his China travelogue (tho its more than that), Destruction and Sorrow Beneath the Heavens helped me make some sense of it. It was translated after Seibo but was written four years before. His fascination - and deep familiarity with- despair is the flipside of his desire for transcendence, I think (he's a lot like Dostoevsky in that way). And his desire for transcendence is tightly bound up with his respect for craft and discipline. He didn't really find what he was looking for in China. But I feel like part of that was this inertia thing. He kind of didn't want to. He was ambivalent. Seibo lets that part free a little more.
  • Maw
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    Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative by Mark Fisher
  • StreetlightX
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    Ludwig Wittgenstein - Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics
    Ludwig Wittgenstein - Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics

    Whadya think?
  • Moliere
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    Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense -- Scott Crow
  • Maw
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    I loved it, some essays I re-read again immediately after finishing them. I'm going to buy the Collect Writings that came out recently
  • Maw
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    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Baden
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    Halfway through this. Definite thumbs up too. The section on education is particularly spot on and gels with my experience (only I never expressed my frustrations as consistently eloquently and effectively as he does his).
  • AppLeo
    163
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • csalisbury
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    Dante's Comedy

    I'm not sure what I think yet. I'm at canto iv. He seems to have a lot of good insight about spiritual progress. but then he'll suddenly declare himself equal to Homer, or use his poem to shit on some other enemy from his personal life. And he constantly flatters Virgil, obsequiously, while still casting judgment on Flatterers. So I don't know.
  • csalisbury
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    I really really wanted it to be a good spiritual poem, ala Dark Night of the Soul, but it's seeming more and more like a hugely imaginative poem by a bitter exile, mapping out his psyche with all its inconsistencies.
  • frank
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    It's science fiction. They thought hell was underground, and the idea that the earth is spherical was circulating. When they get to the bottom of hell, it's the center of the earth.
  • Baden
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    Black like me—John Howard Griffin (Reread)
    Deracination: Historicity, Hiroshima, and the Tragic Imperative—Walter A. Davis
    Rabbit, Run—John Updike
    The Conquest of Bread—Peter Kropotkin
    Infinite Jest—David Foster Wallace
  • Maw
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    Dante's Comedycsalisbury

    One of the best things humanity ever made imo
  • Maw
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    Crime and Punish by Michel Foucault
    Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism by Fredric Jameson
  • csalisbury
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    I'm still very on board. But it's striking to me how strange Dante's thought is. I guess it's easy to assume that High Canonical works are going to be sleek, monumental things. But the Comedy, so far, is bizarre in its assemblage of myths, theologies, esoteric schemas and how easily it shifts from the universal to the particular etc etc. Which I guess is a virtue in itself. I just haven't quite gotten used to it.

    Tho I see aspects of myself in every circle of hell so far, the ones I've most related to are the sullen:

    'Sullen were we in the air made sweet by the Sun;
    in the glory of his shining our hearts poured
    a bitter smoke. Sullen were we begun;

    sullen we lie forever in this ditch.'
    This litany they gargle in their throats
    as if they sang, but lacked the words and pitch.

    I think its interesting that the sullen are introduced just after the wrathful, lying beneath the surface of the water that the wrathful endlessly roil. And that they're in the same canto as the hoarders and the wasters, whose punishments mirror one another. Reminds me of the old idea of depression as aggression turned inward. Sort of like the wrathful are anger-spendthrifts, and the sullen are anger-misers.
  • Maw
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    There is no denying it's an extremely personal poem which is why it's rather "strange" or rough around the edges. It's inseparable from Dante the man. If you read La Vita Nuova, Dante discusses his infatuation with Beatrice, who as well all know dies young, and at the end of La Vita Nuova he basically says that he will not write anything more about her unless it be something truly worth of her; and something that has never been said of any woman.

    Then the mad lad goes and writes what I would say is the greatest epic poem ever written. Literally called his shot, what a baller.
  • Maw
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    There was also a modernized, yet very well done, and entertaining Dante's Inferno indie film that came out 10 years ago. They used paper figures. Used to be on Netflix ages ago but I haven't been able to find a stream in a long time.

  • Maw
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    Kids These Days: The Making of Millennials by Malcom Harris
    Dune by Frank Herbert
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