Non-Philosophy and the uninterpretable axiom


  • Ameen Mettawa La Escuelita, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo



Model theory, hermeneutics, axiomatic method, the secret, generic


This article connects François Laruelle's non-philosophical experiments with the axiomatic method to non-philosophy's anti-hermeneutic stance. Focusing on two texts from 1987 composed using the axiomatic method, "The Truth According to Hermes" and "Theorems on the Good News," I demonstrate how non-philosophy utilizes structural mechanisms to both expand and contract the field of potential models allowed by non-philosophy. This demonstration involves developing a notion of interpretation, which synthesizes Rocco Gangle's work on model theory with respect to non-philosophy with Laruelle's critique of hermeneutics. I use Alexander Galloway's interpretation of "The Truth According to Hermes" as a case study of the limits non-philosophy sets upon its use as a basis for philosophical models, in contrast to arguments by Gangle regarding non-philosophy's greater genericity in comparison to philosophy.



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How to Cite

Mettawa, A. (2018). Non-Philosophy and the uninterpretable axiom. Labyrinth, 20(1), 78–88.