Radical Empiricism and Relative Extrema

Radman, A. (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference


    For radical empiricism, thought cannot be richer than reality and non-conscious cognition is not an oxymoron because much more is felt than is known. Rethinking the limits depends on an encounter between thought and that which forces it into action. While accepting multiple scales of reality, radical empiricism opposes the alleged primacy of the ‘physical’ world. What we cope with is the umwelt. The emphasis is on the encounter, where experience is seen as an emergence which returns the body to a process field of exteriority. Sensibility introduces an aleatory moment into thought’s development. It effectively turns contingency into the conditio sine qua non for thinking. Thought cannot activate itself by thinking. It has to be provoked. It must suffer violence. Architecture as ‘the first art’ may inflict such violence because it bears the potential for breaking up the faculties’ common function by placing them before their own limits: thought before the unthinkable, memory before the immemorial, sensibility before the imperceptible, etc. The paper will argue that the limit of something is the limit of its action and not the outline of its figure. Under the ethico-aesthetic paradigm, singularities (relative extrema) come before identities and participation (material inference) precedes cognition.
    Period24 Jan 2018
    Event titleEXTREME: Rethinking the Limits to Community, Architecture, and Urbanism
    Event typeConference
    Location Longyearbyen, Norway
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • Architecture
    • affordances
    • affect