Wednesday, October 30, 2013

So-called post-postmodernism

From Morton's Modern Magic, chapter 3:

“A majority of post-postmodern thinking is a regression, not a progression. It represents a desperate attempt to construct a 'new and improved' version of the good old Nature that Derrida and others erased. This time it’s autopoietic, processual, lava-lampy. I call it lava lamp materialism. […] So if we follow the attitude this thinking implies, it turns out that there is one entity in the Universe that isn’t entangled: consciousness. And I, the lava-lamp materialist, can judge it, from outside of itself … Lava-lamp materialism keeps returning to the square one of Cartesian dualism. And in the end, it’s just a form of atomism.”

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure but I don't think he's directing this at Bryant's kind of autopoiesis. From the surrounding context it appears he directs this more at the process/relational folks but didn't name them. My focus in the quote was to the kennilingus philosophy of consciousness (per se), ironically contained in Integral Spirituality, where with the other side of his mouth he criticizes the philosophy of consciousness.


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