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AtopiasManifesto for a Radical Existentialism$
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Frédéric Neyrat

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277551

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277551.001.0001

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(p.13) Book I. Toposophy

Frédéric Neyrat

, Walt Hunter, Lindsay Turner
Fordham University Press

This chapter begins by taking stock of today’s hydroglobe, in which all varieties of global flux tend toward the inertia that produces saturated immanence. This immanence is temporal as well as spatial, produced by clairvoyance societies that do not punish deviation or alterity but seek to prevent it. This drive toward prevention is defined as the immunological drive of societies, structures, and individuals to remain undamaged in the face of forms of contagion which they at once produce and ward off. The task of philosophy is to carve out space for existence under these conditions. Yet Neyrat specifies that only a certain type of transcendence is useful: transcendence ≈ x, or the motion of a pluralized world of beings toward an outside. Finally, this chapter introduces the idea of a divergence internal to philosophy itself, through the figure of Socrates, who contains within him a split, a space, and the atopia necessary for philosophy.

Keywords:   atopia, clairvoyance society, contagion, divergence, the hydroglobe, immunity, saturated immanence, transcendence ≈ x

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