The 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).
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