'Much is gained already when we can bring a multitude of inquiries under the formula of a single problem. For we thereby facilitate not only our own business by defining it precisely, but also – for anyone else who wants to examine it – the judgment as to whether or not we have carried out our project adequately. Now the proper problem of pure reason is contained in this question: How are synthetic judgments possible a priori? '

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Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, p. 59, B19

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'The contemporary complex of conditions of philosophy includes ... the history of "Western" thought, post-Cantorian mathematics, psychoanalysis, contemporary art and politics.  Philosophy does not coincide with any of these conditions; nor does it map out the totality to which they belong.  What philosophy must do is propose a conceptual framework in which the contemporary compossibility of these conditions can be grasped.  Philosophy can only do this - and this is what frees it from any foundational ambition, in which it would lose itself - by designating amongst its own conditions, as a singular discursive situation, ontology itself in the form of pure mathematics.  This is precisely what delivers philosophy and ordains it to the care of truths'.

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Alain Badiou, Being and Event, p. 3-4.

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'It is as if the abstract and the concrete assemblage constituted two extremes, and we moved from one to the other imperceptibly.  Sometimes the assemblages are distributed in hard, compact segments which are sharply distributed by partitions, watertight barriers, formal discontinuities (...).  Sometimes, on the other hand, they communicate within the abstract machines which confers a supple and diffuse microsegmentality, ...'

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Gilles Deleuze, Foucault, p. 40

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'A person is always a point of departure for the production of a flow, a point of destination for the reception of a flow, a flow of any kind; or, better yet, an interception of many flows'.

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Gilles Deleuze, Seminar Transcripts, 16/11/1971, www.webdeleuze.com, p. 1

 
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