Author archive: toby

The (Im)Personality of Death

The (Im)Personality of Death

The following is an edited version of a talk given  at the launch of The Living and the Dead, 2017   This book, The Living and the Dead, came from various places and various trajectories. It is a book that is at once intensely personal and intensely impersonal. And in saying this, that it is…

Death and the Storyteller

Death and the Storyteller

Walter Benjamin’s essay, The Storyteller  has been widely celebrated for many decades now. And yet amidst that celebration I have come across little direct or focused engagement with the position death plays within Benjamin’s considerations. It is an understandable omission, as death is certainly not the focus of the essay, and yet the position which it occupies…

Excerpt from The Living and the Dead: Dwelling

Excerpt from The Living and the Dead: Dwelling

The following is an excerpt from The Living and the Dead (Repeater Books 2016) There will be a launch event for The Living and the Dead on 4th May 2017 at The Word Bookshop, New Cross So what then are the dwelling-places of the human? Are not our houses and huts, our tents and caves, our urban and rural…

A Misosophical Confession

A Misosophical Confession

  Originally published on Through Europe, September 2014   “Thought is primarily trespass and violence, the enemy, and nothing presupposes philosophy: everything begins with misosophy.”[i] “As far as ‘thought’ is concerned, works are falsifications, since they eliminate the provisional and the non-repeatable, the instantaneous and the mingling of purity and impurity, disorder and order.”[ii] “I…

Fragments for a radically negative anthropology

Fragments for a radically negative anthropology

Originally published on Through Europe, January 2015     What follows are various fragments that emerged from the efforts to explore what a radically negative anthropology might be.  They were written a number of years ago now and are revived to assist in a rethinking of what the project of a radically negative anthropology might…

Tendencies of Life and Death

Tendencies of Life and Death

Originally published on Through Europe, April 2014   Life forever holds within itself, coiled at the very centre of its unfolding, the fearful promise of death. That death, emerging from the shadows of the living, from the darkness that forever follows the living, brings about an absolute end-of-life, brings down its sickle upon the vitality…

The Haunting of Man: on the possibility of a panecastic anthropos

The Haunting of Man: on the possibility of a panecastic anthropos

Originally published on Through Europe, February 2014   The question of the anthropos lingers on, it remains as the ghostly apparition of that which was never thought, it continues, resting beneath a thin shadowy surface concealing its phantasmagorical form, it hovers beyond the vision of those who would fain it realised. The questions and answers…

A first (and failed) attempt at a manifesto for a radically negative anthropology

A first (and failed) attempt at a manifesto for a radically negative anthropology

Originally published on Through Europe, January 2014     “Breathing has become difficult, almost impossible: as a matter of fact, one suffocates. One suffocates every day and the symptoms of suffocation are disseminated all along the paths of daily life … There are no more maps we can trust, no more destinations for us to…

Fragments on the zombie myth: the mortification of general intellect and the half-life of the cognitariat

Fragments on the zombie myth: the mortification of general intellect and the half-life of the cognitariat

  Originally published on Through Europe, October 2013   “The only modern myth is the myth of zombies—mortified schizos, good for work, brought back to reason.” Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari The zombie is the point at which power’s domination, the domination of the state and of capital in all its shades – subjective, existential,…

The Joys of Being Wrong

The Joys of Being Wrong

  Originally published on Through Europe, September 2013   To some eyes this may read as a disclaimer, an attempt to remove all responsibility from that which is written or said, an abscondment from intellectual and ethical accountability; and perhaps to some extent, and from certain perspectives, it is.  Disclaimers are certainly popular in contemporary…

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