Hemeroteca del mes marzo, 2017

The poetics of immanence: Deleuze’s writing

Por • 26 mar, 2017 • Category: Crítica

Deleuze’s philosophy constructs a unique and highly expressive poetics. In fact, it is the result of an intense work in writing, which may not be separated from his philosophy of conceptual creation. Current paper conceptualizes what would be a poetics of immanence in Deleuze´s terms, as a contrast to mimetic and representational poetics. The poetics of immanence proposes a mutual presupposition between concepts and affections, or between thought and its expression in words, instead of a transcendent relationship between the two terms. The essay investigates some features of this poetics to demonstrate its pertinence for certain modern and contemporary poetics. Samuel Beckett, one of the most important references to Deleuze, will be highlighted in the paper.

Fear of Politics Deleuze, Whitehead, and the Truth of Badiou

Por • 25 mar, 2017 • Category: Ambiente

This discussion will further advance our argument that Badiou’s arguments against Deleuze are ultimately based upon an ontology (namely, his theory of the pure multiple) that does not appreciate the historicity of human and nonhuman entities, and hence it fails to think singularities, whereas Deleuze, along with Whitehead and Latour, do base their political philosophies upon an ontology that affirms the historicity of all identities. With this discussion in place we turn, in the final section, to Deleuze’s concept of a social multiplicity. This concept is integrally related to Deleuze’s further concepts, ‘becoming-imperceptible’ and ‘becoming-revolutionary.’

The Present of Time [French]

Por • 24 mar, 2017 • Category: Opinion

The problem of present is analyzed as a reality given to man. First, the impersonal character of time is studied in its contradictory condition of opening place of giving: when present appears, there is not a giver, nor a receiver. In the second place, by considering the etymological sense of the French word “maintenant”, it is showed that the “now” is a nullity between past and future, a dual interstice in which everything is reached or lost. Following the Kantian conception of time and the Derridian notion of “donation”, the author highlights that the “now” is immediate receptivity, intuitive and not conceptual: in the present, man gives himself to himself and receives himself from himself. The present, at the same time that it constitutes the space of identity, it is also the vector of difference: when it becomes a sign to himself of himself, the present appears as his own alterity.

How well do experience curves predict technological progress? A method for making distributional forecasts

Por • 24 mar, 2017 • Category: Ciencia y tecnología

Experience curves are widely used to predict the cost benefits of increasing the scale of deployment of a technology. But how good are such forecasts? Can one predict their accuracy a priori? In this paper we answer these questions by developing a method to make distributional forecasts for experience curves. We test our method using a dataset with proxies for cost and experience for 46 products and technologies and show that it works reasonably well. The framework that we develop helps clarify why the experience curve method often gives similar results to simply assuming that costs decrease exponentially. To illustrate our method we make a distributional forecast for prices of solar photovoltaic modules.

Reexamining Russia’s Past

Por • 23 mar, 2017 • Category: Internacionales

The Russian Empire had a roughly 300 year run – much longer than the Soviet period. Russia’s pre-Soviet flag and coat of arms have been readopted in post-Soviet Russia, where there’re historical differences on the matters pertaining to this essay. As is true with many other Russians, Vladimir Putin appears to seek for his country what numerous others abroad desire for their respective nation. Specifically, a careful meshing of the best past attributes that can be successfully utilized in the present and future.

Planck’s radiation law, the light quantum, and the prehistory of indistinguishability in the teaching of quantum mechanics

Por • 23 mar, 2017 • Category: Leyes

Planck’s law for black-body radiation marks the origin of quantum theory and is discussed in all introductory (or advanced) courses on this subject. However, the question whether Planck really implied quantisation is debated among historians of physics. We present a simplified account of this debate which also sheds light on the issue of indistinguishability and Einstein’s light quantum hypothesis. We suggest that the teaching of quantum mechanics could benefit from including this material beyond the question of historical accuracy.

Discursos sobre una falsa elección: deuda, importaciones y metabolismo en la crisis económica venezolana

Por • 23 mar, 2017 • Category: Economía

El debate en torno a la economía venezolana durante el año 2016 se asemejó a una elección dual como que se le plantea a Neo en Matrix. Llegado el momento el gobierno de Venezuela debió elegir entre pagar su deuda externa en detrimento de una reducción de las importaciones que harían colisionar el consumo interno, o no sacrificar el consumo interno cayendo en un impago de la deuda. ¿Existe acaso una tercera elección? De existir ¿qué tanto dependería de pensar las cosas desde otros fundamentos desplazándonos de la matriz metafísica en la que nos encontramos clausurados?

The Imprint [French]

Por • 22 mar, 2017 • Category: Filosofía

The purpose of this text is to suggest some ideas about the issue of time and trace. Beginning with a short consideration about the French expression “maintenant”, the text goes on examining the difference, pointed out by G. Dumézil, between trace and fossil. In a first moment, the inspiration comes from some aspects of religion. Then, from Peguy’s two dimensions of the time of history: one concerned with the pure sequence of events and the other retaining the possible, the trace of the past. Finally from Baudelaire’s poem “Le Cygne”, where it is possible to distinguish between a history that sweeps everything and a conservation of the past as some sort of resistance or protest of the individual. With this in mind, the text presents trace as this dimension of time where subjectivation adds depth, permanence of what is already gone, to the time of history.

Procesual Structure of the Finitude in Hegelian Logic

Por • 21 mar, 2017 • Category: Educacion

En la “Lógica del ser-ahí”, Capítulo 2, Hegel habla de finitud, comenzando con un preámbulo en el cual profundiza en los momentos del camino de la lógica total. En una breve recapitulación metodológica, se reafirma que la primera parte del ser-ahí (ser ahí, en general, calidad y algo) tiene una estructura en la que la determinación afirmativa es dominante; mientras que la segunda parte de la finitud (el algo y el otro, el ser-en-sí mismo, el ser-para-otro, la determinación, la constitución y el límite y el algo como finito) tiene una estructura negativa, es decir, la negación de algo es en sí misma, introduciendo el tema de la alteridad desde la categoría del otro. ¿Cuál es la estructura lógica del algo como finito? El algo y el otro al momento del límite se muestran a sí mismos como finitos, ya que ambos se niegan entre sí como la negación de la negación. Entonces, el límite de algo y el otro se manifiesta a sí mismo como la negación de la negación, convirtiéndose en contradictorio y precario.

De sanciones y bloqueos

Por • 19 mar, 2017 • Category: Nacionales

Elsa Cardozo 19 de Marzo de 2017. Ante el nuevo informe del secretario general de la OEA sobre la situación venezolana no han faltado análisis sobre los procedimientos a seguir en la OEA y diversas estimaciones sobre el futuro de sus recomendaciones en el Consejo Permanente y, eventualmente, en una Asamblea General Extraordinaria. Lo que […]