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Reza Negarestani: A Case of a Critique of Critique: Boltzmann’s time-drift

Updated: Dec 12, 2022

December 17th, 9 am PDT

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A Case of a Critique of Critique: Boltzmann’s time-drift The only way to save the critique in its Kantian spirit, one must double down on the critique itself: That is, the adoption of a form of skepticism as a way in (rather than a way out)—a critique of critique—can be understood as a necessary measure to recuperate the edifice of the critique. This presentation is centered on the problem of the transcendental ideality of time as a formal condition for synthetizing intuitions in their articulation towards objectivity. Yet instead of concentrating on the transcendental ideality of time by way of Kant, the focus will be placed on some of Boltzmannian insights and problems regarding the nature of intuited time-asymmetry and how, precisely, the skepticism about the misuse or misapplication of these cherished intuitions can revitalize the question of the critique as a systematization of the conditions of possibility for transcendental inquiry albeit now in the form of a critique of transcendental structures. This presentation draws upon ‘Some Unsettling Kantian News as Delivered by Boltzmann’ (in Intelligence and Spirit, 2018) as its main source, although with an attention to some of its shortcomings and new insights which must be considered.

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About the Author:

Reza Negarestani is a philosopher. He has contributed extensively to journals and anthologies and lectured at numerous international universities and institutes. His current philosophical project is focused on rationalist universalism, beginning with the evolution of the modern system of knowledge and advancing toward contemporary philosophies of rationalism, their procedures as well as their demands for special forms of human conduct. He is the author of Cyclonopedia (, 2008). His latest book, Intelligence and Spirit (Urbanomic / Sequence Press, 2018) is focused on philosophy of intelligence at the intersections between cognitive sciences, German idealism, and theoretical computer science.

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