6The photograph in the title box is a close-up of a slime mold in its “slug” form, and was suggested by my friend Melanie. Slime molds live most of their existence as microscopic amoeba like entities. However, under certain environmental conditions they unite together forming a collective, unified entity, that displays directed intentionality by slowly moving from place to place to find food. When those environmental conditions change, the amoebea composing the slime mold separate and resume their separate existence. The slime mold is thus a perfect example of an assemblage, where we have something less than a rigid system or structure where all relations are internal, and something more than individuals atomistically pursuing their atomistic self-interest, allowing us to think individuals formed from individuals that can pass in and out of existence.

Larval Subjects is the blog of Levi R. Bryant, author of Difference and Givenness: Deleuze’s Transcendental Empiricism and the Ontology of Immanence, co-editor of the forthcoming The Speculative Turn with Nick Srnicek and Graham Harman, and author of a number of articles on Deleuze, Badiou, Zizek, Lacan, and political theory. I am currently developing my own ontology to be released in a book tentatively entitled Being and Difference: An Essay on Realist Ontology. In a former incarnation I was a Lacanian psychoanalyst and am now a professor of philosophy at Collin College. I enjoy cooking, wine, and movies (sometimes too much).

I really enjoy email so if you’re so inclined you can reach me at larval_subjects@yahoo.com

34 Responses to “About”

  1. mark Says:

    Hi, just wanted to say great blog!

    I’ve just started blogging myself, and was wondering if you could take a look: http://www.struggleswithphilosophy.blogspot.com

    If you are interested could you add it to your blog role?

  2. Jared Says:

    Hi, Jared from Sportive Thoughts here. I would like to invite you to participate in the first ever–to my knowledge–“Deleuze Carnival.” There is a nice little webring (or should I say rhizome) dealing with Deleuze’s philosophy and French postmodernism in general, and I though it would be great to gather together some of our collective work in one place. I would be happy to include one of your posts in the Carnival. If you’d like to participate, there is a BlogCarnival widget on my blog. Hope to hear from you; and pass the word!
    -Jared


  3. […] 6th, 2007 by Jeremy This blog says what I’ve been trying to say about blogging, but says it better: Larval subjects. Larvae […]

  4. tsaari Says:

    Intriguing blog! Hope you receive some positive feedback/perks, etc. for you work on Difference & Givenness- sounds like you’ve put in quite a diligent amount of work/time.

    Best wishes-


  5. In the art of knot tying it is important to only tie knots that are easily untied. I enjoy visiting this website.

  6. godworm Says:

    You and I seem to be onto similar things: worms, larvae, little plants. Have a look at my larval blog if you care to; I’m certainly glad I stumbled across yours. If you like it, please tell your friends.

  7. Therese Says:

    Hi there,

    Just came across your blog through the wood s lot link to your A-Theology II post. Really interesting, and made me want to read Lacan, whom I hadn’t realized might have relevant things to say for my own lines of thought … thanks for some thought-provoking writing, I really enjoyed it! Therese

  8. Dan Says:

    I wanted to thank you. I read your blog entries when I can and find them stimulating and helpful. You have a lucidity and range I enjoy and profit from.

    If you are ever in L.A. and so desire, I would be pleased to buy you a meal.

    dan

  9. coder.psi Says:

    Hi Levi,

    I came across your blog today, and even though I did not have the chance to read it all (very optimistic, no?) I think that it is very interesting and thought provoking.

    I will return with more specific comments in the near future. In the meantime, thanks for your efforts!

  10. Rory Says:

    Hello there!

    I’ve been a reader of the blog for some time now, and have enjoyed it very much. I’ve also recently managed to get my hands on a copy of Difference And Giveness which, I must say, is a very refreshing book. Reminds me of when I discovered Delanda’s book but obviously much different. Keep it up!

    Just thought I’d point you towards my new blog, as I quoted you today, and am generally going to be writing in the general area you seem interested in.

    http://transitiveaxis.blogspot.com

    Rory

    (rory.oconnell@gmail.com)

  11. Judy Says:

    Dear Levi, I have just found your blog! while looking up material on the four discourses for giving a seminar in January. I followed your posts on the Yahoo thread for several years and found them very clarifying. You say you are a former Lacanian psychoanalyst; would you be willing to discuss why “former”. I have been working hard on Lacan for over ten years and still consider myself only a potential (or hopeful?) Lacanian psychoanalyst, as I found my own Lacanian analysis the only true analysis of my own issues.
    Best wishes to you,
    Judy

  12. Dave Johnson Says:

    Nice to see a Lacanian rethinking ontology. I think your speculative metaphysics is very close to my fallibilistic realism (and I, too, appreciate Collier’s work). You may have some sympathy for my latest:

    http://www.bridgestotheworld.blogspot.com

    I look forward to your new book.

    dkj


  13. Dr. Levi, This is really some primo writing happening here.

  14. Danielle Says:

    Hi there, just wanted to say thanks so much. You may find it interesting to know that as a student of Anthropology who was trying to find a definition of ‘flat ontologies’ your blog post described it in a way that suddenly lit a clear picture in my brain. Despite being more about biology than anthro/sociology, the way you describe the relationship between objects (in terms of what I’m looking at – the global and the local) and their equal existence made it much simpler to understand.

    So again, thanks.

  15. jarednielsen Says:

    I find myself referencing your site more and more frequently. So I’m posting here to subscribe. Don’t want to miss anything; just want it sent to my inbox. Have you considered or do you have a calendar of your speaking engagements online so we could catch you in our respective cities? Looking forward to your forthcoming books. Thanks.


  16. Hi, I too love the name of this blog and the concept behind it. Your work sounds incredibly relevant to my own, which you can read about at http://transreal.org. But I thought you might appreciate knowing that your blog is part of the class proposal about Speculative Realism at the Public School in Los Angeles:

    http://la.thepublicschool.org/class/2414

  17. elisabethbee Says:

    Funny how little things add up.

    Elisabeth Bee

    http://elisabethbee.wordpress.com/

  18. des greene Says:

    Just stumbled across your web site when looking up references to superstring theory.
    Would love to know what you make of string theory and its implications for philosophy.

    I am working in this area from a non-academic perspective – expressing my ideas through literary creativity.


  19. […] Levi Bryant is fomenting General Goodness over on his blog, Larval Subjects. […]

  20. ryan burns Says:

    wow, awesome blog. i’m just starting to try leading the vanguard of geographers into speculative realism… keep up the blog; it’s a great way to communicate ideas, particularly of a philosophical nature.


  21. […] Book, Fiction, Indeterminancy, Narrative, Novel, On Writing Tags: Characters, Fiction, Novel 0 Levi Bryant on character in […]


  22. […] comments stands for “objet-oriented ontology”. To learn more about that one can read Levi R. Bryant‘s series “Onticology – A Manifesto for Object-Oriented Ontology” as well as the […]

  23. Peg Birmingham Says:

    Really enjoyed the piece on love. Thanks, Peg

  24. dbecker Says:

    Happy to find another interesting critical theory blog that dabbles in phenomena of the biological type. Just a heads up that I’m adding your site to my blogroll, at http://eukaryography.wordpress.com. Feel free to check it out and do the same if you wish. Great post on Jakob von Uexküll and umwelten. I’m partial to his description of and idea’s application to the lives of protists.

  25. Jim Speers Says:

    Hi Levi,
    I have really enjoyed the blog over recent months so thanks very much. I’m coming to this material as an artist rather than someone with a background in philosophy so there is of course much contextual reading to do. All the same I’m finding it fascinating. I’d greatly appreciate a copy of ‘The Time of the Object: Derrida, Luhmann, and the Processual Nature of Substance if that were possible. Much appreciated
    Cheers
    jim

  26. Strav12 Says:

    Curiouser and curiouser…thanks for this enormously stimulating and informative, dare I say, educational, blog. Not that there is anything wrong with education these days…ha!

  27. mct Says:

    Great blog, it helped me alot understanding and writing about Luhmann, you have got a great talent for explaining!

    thnx alot

  28. Christian Sørhaug Says:

    Ok, I have just started reading your blog, so this might be a stupid question, but would you not say that the larval is a being as it is, as well as a entity in becoming? I thought all enitities were in the process of becoming, as I am as i write this, as the larvae etc. So what is up with the larvae?


  29. […] session has been really helpful as I’ve been vaguely dipping into Levi R.Bryant’s blog  Larval Subjects and it will be an opportunity to delve further into this.  Interestingly […]

  30. jao Says:

    i am keen to follow the dialectic of reaching beyond nihilistic pluralism and petrifying ambiguity.


  31. Your blog has helped me orienting myself in this world. Thank you:) Will continue to follow!!!


  32. The “incubation of philosophical larvae that are yet without determinate positions or commitments but which are in a process of unfolding…”

    Larval Subjects, what a great blog title! And the blogosphere is the perfect platform for such writing.

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