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Oraxiom: A Journal of Non-Philosophy

 

 

ORAXIOM: MISSION STATEMENT

Oraxiom is the first journal to focus exclusively on the writings, method, and practice of François Laruelle’s non-philosophy, and other key figures from this movement. Published twice a year, and edited by a team of scholars, artists, and non-philosophers, Oraxiom is both a forum and a platform for the practice of non-philosophy. We publish new work in various forms (artistic, scholarly, scientific, and experimental) on the writings of François Laruelle and other representatives and variations of non-philosophy. Oraxiom is a platform that challenges orthodoxies, encourages debate, seeks new applications, proposes new interpretations, and above all aims to bring together those who are united by the goal of practicing non-philosophy.

Following the words of Francois Laruelle, the oraxiom “express[es] the lived decisions of the generic subject operating the science of philosophy” (Anti-Badiou, 4); it is “the superposition of axiomatic decision and philosophical decision, the quantum superposition that transforms concepts and their effects” (Anti-Badiou, 122). An oraxiom is a centrifugal lived-in-motion, a perpetual mutation that will become an inconvertible basis for the future world. Our aim is to internationalize non-philosophy and conjugate with both the predictable and the unpredictable, the scientific and the artistic, the philosophical and the theoretical. In the end, we have but one goal: to make thought democratic and introduce democracy into thought.

Oraxiom accepts submissions from any discipline and any practice that engages non-philosophy.

ORAXIOM: EDITORIAL STATEMENT

To invent the future without delay is a task that demands consistency, but a consistency in experimentation. As an open platform for the realization of non-standard philosophy, science, politics, arts, religion, ethics, and theory, Oraxiom offers itself as a paradigm for practice – an axiomatic summoning of an oracle. Oraxiom is the product of a convergence between writers and artists across continents and various fields of interest, all united by the goal of practicing non-philosophy. We seek to deliver the internationalization of non-philosophy through an approximative algorithms of unfixed mysticism, science, heresy, and militancy in an attempt to spell out a non-standard topology of worlds. There is no static formulation of politics here, only a generic politics that must now be a matter of a new science. One possibility is seen in the Victim and the Stranger – insurrections of the weak forces of resistance. We speak from the particularity of the generic experience, neither as vanguardists nor as mere interpreters. Oraxiom escapes the walls of organizational structures; it plants the seeds of the Real in the World, it pragmatically nourishes its interventions within the World, but in the end it constitutes itself without the World. For non-philosophy disempowers and underdetermines the transcendence of the World. It is a radical freedom and a democracy of thought.

As much as weaving the emergence of Oraxiom is a non-philosophical practice, we follow the words of Francois Laruelle: The oraxiom “express[es] the lived decisions of the generic subject operating the science of philosophy” (Anti-Badiou, 4); it is “the superposition of axiomatic decision and philosophical decision, the quantum superposition that transforms concepts and their effects” (Anti-Badiou, 122). An oraxiom is a centrifugal and undulatory lived-in-motion, a perpetual mutation that will become an inconvertible basis for the future world. Oraxiom “is the generic intellectual way of ‘imitating’ the victim by resisting the persecutor or de-potentializing his weapons.” (General Theory of Victims, 123) As such, Oraxiom is not much of a concept or a practice – it is an experimentation in both oracle and axiom. Oracle, not as a prediction of the future, but learning from what determines in the last instance to invent the future. Axiom, not as a starting point, but the incontrovertible true-without-truth.

Because we share a collective interest in interdisciplinary thought and practice, and because most of us come from media studies backgrounds, philosophy, feminism, Marxism, environmentalism, animal studies, and other strands and registers of thought, we seek to unfold intersections between ontology, politics, ethics, practice, aesthetics, philosophy, and, above all, fiction. Fiction, a theme found in the works of non-philosophers, is the displacement of disciplinary authoritarianism, depotentializing hegemony and under-determining sufficiency. We thus seek to gather the Fictitious Future writings from the plurality of sites non-philosophy and non-standard thought has come to dwell. In doing so, we do not predict the future but instead unchain it from the assumption of a speculative sufficiency existing in thought, therefore opening it up to a perpetual democratization of thought. This is the true-without-truth, the last straw that will break the back of the hegemony with its authoritarian appetite, which seeks to devour all non-standard thought, practice, experimentation and intervention. We are academics, but we are also mystics, analysts, heretics, and militants. Our aim is to internationalize non-philosophy and conjugate with both the predictable and the unpredictable, the scientific and the artistic, the philosophical and the theoretical.

In the end, we have but one goal: to make thought democratic and introduce democracy into thought.

 

EDITORIAL MANAGER
Jeremy R. Smith

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Risto Aleksovski

EDITORIAL BOARD [alphabetically]
Yvette Granata
Bogna M. Konior
Benjamin Norris
Stanimir Panayotov
Alice Rekab
Michael Saunders
Jeremy R. Smith

ADVISORY BOARD [only confirmed so far] [alphabetically]

Katerina Kolozova, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje
François Laruelle, University of Paris Ouest, Nanterre La Défense (Paris X)
Anne-Françoise Schmid, École des Mines de Paris

DESIGN & LAYOUT
Yvette Granata
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EDITORIAL OFFICE
Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje
Address: 8 20 Oktomvri Str., second floor
1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Phone/Fax: +389 2 3113 059
Website: www.isshs.edu.mk/oraxiom

PUBLISHER
Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje,
8 20 Oktomvri Str., second floor
1000 Skopje, Macedonia

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