Just recently I reposted a post by Philosopher Graham Harman Who wrote an article about, what I suppose should be, a something beyond modern and a small comment about how slow philosophy moves.
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Big news from Google that they have achieved quantum computing and I see this as a mark of the end of just the beginning of modernity.
We may have always been modern and not realized it because humanity this far has been an effort to ignore when it actually is by what it is actually doing. ￼
And then my thoughts go to how we think about the ancient philosophers like Plato and Aristotle and etc. etc., and Berkeley and Feuerbach and Husserl … and I have made the argument elsewhere: how could we be even understanding what the hell, say, Aristotle is talking about if indeed we have gone somewhere in our situation of being human? If we have gone anywhere then we wouldn’t be constantly arguing or discussing about what Aristotle might mean in the context of our current situation or whatever. ￼And this question sheds off into a number of other questions which I consider in various places throughout this blog, but in particular the discussion about technology and human beings relation to it. But I’m not gonna go into all that right here; you can wade through my blog posts if you like.
The point that I’m making though is I’m not sure philosophy has moved barely a Centimeter￼ in The marathon of being human in the world. ￼even while it wants to show itself in the light of progress and innovation. Often enough it is merely saying the same things over and over using different terms and phrases, as though the new configuration of terms is indeed an instance of newness. (In what ways is it?)
Kierkegaard asks, where are we going so quickly￼? And I say that this indicates the tendency of philosophy to want to completely ignore itself￼ as a thing of the universe. I suggest that philosophy at this point might be attendance of resistance towards really understanding what being human is. ￼And capitalism a part of that resistance; hence suggestions that philosophy and capitalism are involved in a religious moment: Modernity is the current religious designation of transcendence.
And I don’t mean this as a knock. I mean this in the sense that as much as philosophy will attend what it means to achieve quantum computing in the world, to think that this approach is recognizing what human beings are By only in countering the details of what we could call general political activity, Could be said to be an effort to live in darkness under the shroud of “another” Catholic religion — -which is not saying anything about what we should do to prevent it. But is really only saying this to the extent that we might want to acknowledge and except what human beings do, to thereby be able to understand what human beings are, as opposed to finding out to what human beings are only through the disassociation of itself from the world for the sake of “objective knowledge” (under which most philosophies of subjectivity harbor unwilling to recognize what they are doing in their discourses). ￼￼Perhaps we could wonder why there’s so many denominations of Protestantism; it is not that somehow we can escape or overcome this kind of activity in motion, probably; this activity and motion designates a certain type of being in the world that refuses to except itself as merely a kind of activity that human beings do and not the only kind that humans beings enact.￼￼ as I and many other authors have suggested, it’s the difference between reckoning being through conventional science or conventional physics and allowing for a conventional physics while also understanding the human being in the context of quantum physics, as an analogy. And then we could get into Badiou’s original idea that we have to give up the attempt to communicate the “quantum” manner of being because everyone, or most people, are only capable of recognizing their existence through the “conventional” physical world. ￼￼￼￼
But like I said, you can wade through all my posts if you’re interested in these kind of topics. ￼￼