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All Thoughts Are Equal is both an introduction to the work of French philosopher François 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 Ó 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.


Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Epigraphs
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction. Five Postural Mutations of Laruelle and the Nonhuman
  2. pp. 1-50
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  1. 1. Philosophy, the Path of Most Resistance
  2. pp. 51-96
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  1. 2. Paraconsisten Fictions and Discontinuous Logic
  2. pp. 97-140
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  1. 3. How to Act Like a Non-Philosopher
  2. pp. 141-180
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  1. 4. The Perfect Nonhuman: Philosomorphism and the Animal Rendering of Thought
  2. pp. 181-242
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  1. 5. Performing the Imperfect Human
  2. pp. 243-282
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  1. Conclusion. Making a Monster of Laruelle: On Actualism and Anthropomorphism
  2. pp. 283-290
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  1. Coda. Paradise Now; or, The Brightest Thing in the World: On Nonhuman Utopia
  2. pp. 291-294
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 295-296
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 297-344
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 345-362
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  1. Index, Other Works in the Series
  2. pp. 363-375
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781452944807
Related ISBN
9780816697342
MARC Record
OCLC
920466721
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2015-09-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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