“Most materialists, even though they may have wanted to do away with all spiritual entities, ended up positing an order of things whose hierarchical relations mark it as specifically idealist. They situated dead matter at the summit of a conventional hierarchy of diverse facts, without perceiving that in this way they gave into an obsession with the ideal form of matter, with a form that was closer than any other to what matter should be. Dead matter, the pure idea, and God in fact answer a question in the same way (in other words perfectly, and as flatly as the docile student in a classroom) — a question that can only be posed by philosophers, the question of the essence of things, precisely of the idea by which things become intelligible.”
Georges Bataille, Visions of Excess, “Materialism,” p.15 (via darkvvaste)
“A plane of immanence has no supplementary dimension; the process of composition must be apprehended for itself, through that which it gives, in that which it gives. It is a plan of composition, not a plan of organization or development. […] There is no longer a form, but only relations of velocity between infinitesimal particles of an unformed material. There is no longer a subject, but only individuating affective states of an anonymous force.”
“I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think that you would have the courage to write it?
What is true for writing and for love relationships is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don’t know where it will end.”
“Hyper-industrial capitalism has developed its techniques to the point where millions of people are connected every day simultaneously to the same television, radio, or play console programs. Cultural consumption, methodically massified, is not without consequences for desire and consciousness. The illusion of the triumph of the individual is fading, while the threats to the intellectual, affective, and aesthetic capacities of humanity are becoming clearer.”
“Like tendencies, capacities become actual as events, but in this case the events are always double, to dissolve/to be dissolved. The reason is that a capacity to affect must always be coupled to a capacity to be affected: water is a solvent but only when interacting with substances that are soluble in it. An empiricist philosophy would be forced by its ontological commitments to assert the existence only of currently manifested tendencies (water actually freezing or melting) and currently exercised capacities (water actually dissolving another substance) but a realist philosophy has no problem committing itself to entities that are real but not actual, that is, entities that are virtual.”