• die Gefahr

    die Gefahr

      I. We introduced the notion of larger and smaller axiologies in ….Prince Kropotkin  and made it tidy in The Wave, from which (breaking with tradition) I quote: 2.3 An axiology A is larger than an axiology A’ if it contains a theory of the valuable means of producing values in A’. Earlier in Kropotkin this had been motivated […]

  • Jacques’s promise

    Jacques’s promise

    There’s an apocryphal legend that concerns an early astronomer (already in possession of a telescope) who visualized Neptune a century or more before it was even calculated to exist, but recorded it as a distant shooting star. I know this legend to be apocryphal because I just made it up. The clunky metaphor it implies […]

  • Unapology


    Being it that I’m not a being of pure mind it’s not in my Being to be the being that always asks questions. Being it that I’m not a being of pure doubt it’s not in the Being of my being to regret my toes and my soles and elbows and the knots in my […]

  • Compression sickness

    Compression sickness

    I.  The flash-fad for Greg Bateson (already subsiding) made me do it. It wasn’t all bad — going there (feedback loops; cybernetics; systems theory; macroprudentiary regulation!) indeed points to hard consequences of our own complication of time in (chronos/tempo/kairos). But the unplanned rhetorical development led to this wallop of a paragraph in our last essay: Failure to […]

  • Failure to thrive

    Failure to thrive

    I. Three surprisingly high level topics have popped up in my internet watering holes. This not being a scholarly effort (not to mention the cost of collating randomly-placed things that show up in my komórka), so there aren’t actual references. They’re in the “microzeitgeist”; you’re probably exposed to them as much as me. First, there was […]

  • Topoλόγος disputatio

    Topoλόγος disputatio

    I. Psychoanalysis sets itself apart as clinical method because it doesn’t understand the role of the clinical intervention to be the same as do scientific intervention practices. This doesn’t mean only scientific psychiatry; geologists looking into the fault lines of rocks and pseudoscientists such as homeopaths share the same concept structures of wellness and infirmity. Indeed […]

  • Bric-a-brac


    This is a blog, right? A web log. I have a few drafts lying  around that both have something to them but can neither grow into a full essay or coalesce into a text that either/or advances the cause of theory/fulfills the promise of touching base with concrete examples for a while. I. What is […]

  • Physique du role

    Physique du role

    Prelim I think we all need a break from the over-saturated self-referential thing we’re rocking. To this end I want to build out of this music video. (The tradeoff is that you won’t get where we’re going without watching it first.) I. The music of Crystal Castles appears to convey at once two polarizing scenarios. […]

  • Hell and Eternal Damnation

    Hell and Eternal Damnation

    I. Does the theory of general axiology have axiological implications? In the generic sense we have sketched an eschatology (the “switcharoo”) out of a pedagogical scenario of what “getting to general axiology” look like. This pedagogy was illustrated with delirant heavenlike visions meant to convey both its infinite worthwhileness and its boundless cost — a valuation of […]

  • Dungeons’n dingos

    To function at critical velocity, theory has to constantly flirt with a boundary between abstract giddiness and florid nonsense; the bad news is that unlike the asemic horizon it’s perfectly possible to unwittingly cross this boundary. This possibility is perfect because it is minimal: the smallest of indulgences can lead to this radical error. Far […]

  • The Castle

    The Castle

    This is a new introduction to this blog. I. In loose fluid text chats I tend to use expressions that are oversimplified on the order of “pears are an axiology”. The underlying point, laboriously conveyed over long stretches of conversation, is that there are theories of which pears are preferable and theories of how best […]

  • Nausea


    I. Theory is a hard sell because it offers very thin odds for wholesale validation. This is the strategy consultant’s dilemma: at least in principle, he has to reconcile taking the client’s side (listening to his pain) with offering something that amounts to substantive change he doesn’t want. A strategy product where companies’s borked “key […]