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Ben Woodard : Is Philosophy Fiction?

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Published on Apr 29, 2016

* MaMa, 28.04.2016. *

As an academic and non-academic tradition philosophy has been consistently accused of leaving reality behind, of being the worst kind of imaginative excess. Over time philosophy has arguably shed its mythic and idealist tendencies while simultaneously turning back to realism and emphasizing materialism. However, such self-mutilation has arguably obscured philosophy’s relation not only to the capacities of ideas and concepts, but also its relation to fiction. As evidenced by recent developments in phil-fiction (Laruelle), theory-fiction (Negarestani) and interest in fictionalism in analytic thought, philosophy needs to reassess its relation to the imaginative and constructive power of the idea untethered by realist and materialist concerns, in order for it to do justice to the behavior and shape of knowledge.

Ben Woodard is a recent PhD graduate in Theory and Criticism from Western University. His doctoral work focused on the relationship between idealism, pragmatism, and naturalism in Schelling. He is an instructor at the New Centre for Research and Practice, an associate of the Laboratory for Ontology (UK branch), and a co-founder of P.S., a philosophy collective at the Performing Arts Forum in St. Erme, France.

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