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Laruelle and Non-Philosophy

Edited by John Mullarkey, Anthony Paul Smith

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The first collection of critical essays on the work of this most original thinker

François Laruelle is one of the most important French philosophers of the last 20 years, and as his texts have become available in English there has been a rising tide of interest in his work, particularly on the concept of 'Non-Philosophy'.

Non-philosophy radically rethinks many of the most cutting-edge concepts such as immanence, pluralism, resistance, science, democracy, decisionism, Marxism, theology and materialism. It also expands our view of what counts as philosophical thought, through art, science and politics, and beyond to fields as varied as film, animality and material objects.

Key features

  • Provides an overview of Laruelle's thought and an understanding of his contemporary relevance to contextualise his work for new readers
  • Contains an exclusive interview with Laruelle and a new essay written by Laruelle himself
  • Includes a bibliography of Laruelle's work and secondary literature

About the Editors

John Ó Maoilearca is Professor of Film and TV at Kingston University, London. In 2014, his name reverted from the English ‘John Mullarkey’ to the original Irish, ‘Ó Maoilearca’, which ultimately translates as ‘follower of the animal'.

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Introduction: The Non-Philosophical Inversion: Laruelle’s Knowledge Without Domination
John Mullarkey and Anthony Paul Smith
1. Thinking from the One: Science and the Ancient Philosophical Figure of the One, Anthony Paul Smith
2. Laruelle Facing Deleuze: Immanence, Resistance and Desire, Marjorie Gracieuse
3. Laruelle and Ordinary Life, Rocco Gangle
4. The Justice of Non-Philosophy, Joshua Ramey
5. Laruelle and the Reality of Abstraction, Ray Brassier
6. The Science-Thought of Laruelle and Its Effects on Epistemology, Anne-Françoise Schmid
7. 1 + 1 = 1: The Non-Consistency of Non-Philosophical Practice (Photo: Quantum: Fractal), John Mullarkey
8. Transcendental Arguments, Axiomatic Truth, and the Difficulty of Overcoming Idealism, Michael J. Olson
9. Laruelle, Anti-Capitalist, Alexander R. Galloway
10. Theories of the Immanent Rebellion: Non-Marxism and Non-Christianity, Katerina Kolozova
11. Is Thinking Democratic? Or, How to Introduce Theory into Democracy, François Laruelle
12. Non-Philosophy, Weapon of Last Defence: An Interview with François Laruelle
Notes on Contributors

About the Author

John Mullarkey is Professor of Film and Television at Kingston University. He previously taught at the University of Dundee (2004-2010) and the University of Sunderland (1994-2004). He is the author of Bergson and Philosophy (1999), Post-Continental Philosophy: An Outline (2006), and Philosophy and the Moving Image: Refractions of Reality (2010), and is an editor of Film-Philosophy and co-editor of The Continuum Companion to Continental Philosophy (2009) as well as Laruelle and Non-Philosophy (2012). John Ó Maoilearca is Professor of Film and TV at Kingston University, London. In 2014, his name reverted from the English ‘Mullarkey’ to the original Irish, ‘Ó Maoilearca’, which ultimately translates as ‘follower of the animal’.

Anthony Paul Smith is Assistant Professor in Religion at La Salle University. He is the translator of Future Christ: A Lesson in Heresy and co-translator of Principles of Non-Philosophy, both by François Laruelle, and co-editor of After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion.


This collection is the first significant work commenting on [Laruelle's] ideas. For those already familiar with him, the book will satisfy with a well-rounded introduction, 10 essays engaging the material in diverse ways, a contribution from Laruelle, and an intriguing interview with him as well.
- LSE Review of Books

Non-philosophy is neither a school nor a method, and it is not simply another way of doing philosophy by other means. Mullarkey and Smith demonstrate this in their selection of essays for this volume; each essay refuses the traditional explanatory or representational functions of philosophy, preferring to see thought as co-extensive with a real in which it is imbricated. A welcome addition to the growing engagement with Laruelle and non-philosophy.

- Eugene Thacker, The New School

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