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All Thoughts are Equal: Laruelle and Nonhuman Philosophy

By John O. Maoilearca
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All Thoughts Are Equal" is both an introduction to the work of French philosopher Francois Laruelle and an exercise in nonhuman thinking. For Laruelle, standard forms of philosophy continue to dominate our models of what counts as exemplary thought and knowledge. By contrast, what Laruelle calls his non-standard approach attempts to bring democracy into thought, because all forms of thinking including the nonhuman are equal. John O Maoilearca examines how philosophy might appear when viewed with non-philosophical and nonhuman eyes. He does so by refusing to explain Laruelle through orthodox philosophy, opting instead to follow the structure of a film (Lars von Trier s documentary "The Five Obstructions") as an example of the non-standard method. Von Trier s film is a meditation on the creative limits set by film, both technologically and aesthetically, and how these limits can push our experience of film and of ourselves beyond what is normally deemed the perfect human. "All Thoughts Are Equal "adopts film s constraints in its own experiment by showing how Laruelle s radically new style of philosophy is best presented through our most nonhuman form of thought that found in cinema.
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SKU 9780816697359
Author(s) O. Maoilearca, John
Subtitle Laruelle and Nonhuman Philosophy
Publisher(s) University of Minnesota Press
Format Paperback
Original publication date 1 Dec 2015
Number of pages 344
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