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Тhe Desiring Potentiality (For a Dynamic Ontology)

Author(s): Boyan Manchev
Subject(s): Philosophy, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Aesthetics, Marxism, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Ontology
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Transformationist Materialism; Dynamic Ontology; matter; potentiality; desire; force; change; movement; modality; reflexivity; persistence

Summary/Abstract: This article discusses aspects of transformationalist materialism, or modal ontology, attempting to synthetically present its program, as introduced in my books The Body-Metamorphosis (2007), La métamorphose et l’instant - Désorganisation de la vie (2009) and especially L’altération du monde (2009). Today the crucial philosophical question of materialism is posed, as always, imperatively and urgently, and under radically transformed conditions. What will be the future destiny of matter, given that a quasi-organic substance is violently imposed on the world? Is materialistic thought still possible in this seemingly immaterial world? In clear opposition to the new para-materialist or quasi-materialist obsessions with “objects”, I believe that the question regarding the matter of the world, the modalities of its expansion and transformations - in other words, the question of “things” – is, paradoxically, crucial today primarily as an extension and radicalization of the question of subjectivity, and hence of agencies and forces; thereby, the political question of decision, rupture and change is also radicalized. Hence, the central question I pose is the question of change, the question of movement, the question of the dialectical connection between thing and process, thing and change. This way of reflecting on the issue tries to approach the premisses of the decisive questions of contemporary philosophy, science and politics. What is a subject, or in a more general perspective, what is an agent? What is process? What is change? What is it that remains unchanged? What is persistence? What is decision? What is the force of desire? What is the desire of the things, the desire of matter?

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 2-3
  • Page Range: 5-16
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian