Diagnostic / Forensic: diagnostic still proposes to offer a solution upon perceived problems. Which still posits a philosophical revolution as we reduce and reapproach. Almost there Nick! But not quite; merely interesting, if its diagnostic. .
Kant’s critical philosophy is the most elaborate fit of panic in the history of the Earth!
– Nick Land, The Thirst for Annihilation
Nick Land unlike Badiou or Zizek will tell us that it is to Schopenhauer that we should return, not Kant or Hegel. “With Schopenhauer the approach to the ‘noumenon’ as an energetic unconscious begins to be assembled, and interpreting the noumenon as will generates a discourse that is not speculative, phenomenological, or meditative, but diagnostic.”1
This sense of a diagnostic philosophy rather than a speculative, phenomenological, or meditative steers us into that other materialist tradition that has for the most part seamlessly vanished from site in the past few years, while luminaries of the left will follow such dematerialist materialisms under the sign of the Lacanian ‘Gap’ or ‘Lack’ as Alain Badiou (Mathematization of Being) and Slavoj Zizek (Self-Relating Nothingness) uphold. Land admonishes us to know that before such speculative materialists as…
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