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Acid Horizon is a theory podcast which confronts global crisis and the specter of a world that could be free. One of the many goals of Acid Horizon is to enrich discourses of liberation through a non-sectarian approach to reading theory. In the spirit of thinkers like Deleuze and Guattari, we endeavor to provide a space which values theory as a creative force, not just as the topic of debate. We also connect theory to the pervasive political challenges faced by global citizens. On the podcast, we cover a variety of new, historic, and lesser-known texts of political philosophy. Grab our current syllabus and follow along. Support us on Patreon!

Acid Horizon is a theory podcast which confronts global crisis and the specter of a world that could be free. One of the many goals of Acid Horizon is to enrich discourses of liberation through a non-sectarian approach to reading theory. In the spirit of thinkers like Deleuze and Guattari, we endeavor to provide a space which values theory as a creative force, not just as the topic of debate. We also connect theory to the pervasive political challenges faced by global citizens. On the podcast, we cover a variety of new, historic, and lesser-known texts of political philosophy. Grab our current syllabus and follow along. Support us on Patreon!

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Acid Horizon is a theory podcast which confronts global crisis and the specter of a world that could be free. One of the many goals of Acid Horizon is to enrich discourses of liberation through a non-sectarian approach to reading theory. In the spirit of thinkers like Deleuze and Guattari, we endeavor to provide a space which values theory as a creative force, not just as the topic of debate. We also connect theory to the pervasive political challenges faced by global citizens. On the podcast, we cover a variety of new, historic, and lesser-known texts of political philosophy. Grab our current syllabus and follow along. Support us on Patreon!

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@HorizonAcid

Language:

English


Episodes

Why We Choose Gods and Masters: Reich on Ideology

4/6/2021
Why is it that the masses desired and worked toward their own servitude in the 1930s? In this episode, Craig, Will, and Adam take a look at an essay in Wilhelm Reich’s Mass Psychology of Fascism, “Ideology as a Material Force.” Here, Reich pushes back against some of his Marxist contemporaries. To Reich, the purely economic explanation of the rise of fascism is insufficient. What are the limitations of the purely economic explanation of the success of reactionary politics? How is it that the...

Duration:00:54:04

The Early Engels: Capitalism, Morality, and the Case Against Malthus

3/21/2021
In this episode, Craig, Adam, Matt, and Will examine an early writing of Friedrich Engels entitled "Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy". How can we interpret the evidently moralistic language in Engels' work in light of the anti-moralism which characterizes his later writings with Marx, namely within "The German Ideology". In "Outlines", Engels offers a succinct but brilliant rendering of how the division of capital and labor precipitate other kinds of contradictions under the...

Duration:01:00:21

Answers Without Organs: Acid Horizon's Second Q&A Session

3/2/2021
In this episode, Craig, Adam, Will, and Matt answer listeners’ questions ranging from Deleuze and Derrida to MacIntyre and Adorno. What are some ways to read philosophy effectively? Where does theory intersect with the novel and how does this encounter affect philosophy? Craig flexes his pedagogical muscles, Adam muses on the double bind of Twitter, Will discusses Dostoyevsky, and Matt shows us his Thomistic side. We’re full of surprises and, hopefully, answers! Contribute to Acid Horizon:...

Duration:01:12:20

Answers Without Organs: Acid Horizon's Second Q&A Session

3/1/2021
In this episode, Craig, Adam, Will, and Matt answer listeners’ questions ranging from Deleuze and Derrida to MacIntyre and Adorno. What are some ways to read philosophy effectively? Where does theory intersect with the novel and how does this encounter affect philosophy? Craig flexes his pedagogical muscles, Adam muses on the double bind of Twitter, Will discusses Dostoyevsky, and Matt shows us his Thomistic side. We’re full of surprises and, hopefully, answers! Contribute to Acid Horizon:...

Duration:01:12:20

The Contactee Experience: The UFO Phenomenon As Examined by Carl Jung and Jacques Valée (with Andy from Caïna)

2/16/2021
*CW: discussions of psychological trauma, sexual assault, suicide, depression, and anxiety* Welcome to the first episode of the new series ‘Inner Experience’ from Acid Horizon! A show about exploring our consciousness, the weird, the eerie, and the beyond. For this episode, Craig, Will, and Adam are joined by Andy (@cainalikehyena), the Black Metal and Industrial maestro behind Caїna and Ritual Object, to discuss his 'inner experience' of UFOs and of communion with a liminal unknown. As...

Duration:01:08:41

PC Music, Accelerationism, and Xenofeminism

2/10/2021
In this episode, we invited friends of the show, Will and Anton, to discuss their upcoming project: an ethnographic, musicological, and philosophical investigation into the aesthetic phenomenon of 'PC Music' and its unique digital use of space, facial framing, and audible intensity in generating concert experiences. Taking artists such as A.G. Cook and SOPHIE as paradigm cases, we discuss how PC Music, otherwise known more generally as 'hyperpop', integrates accelerationist methods to lay...

Duration:01:01:53

Derrida on the Secret, Sacrifice, and the Singularity of Death

2/2/2021
What does it mean to tremble before something? In this episode, we cover “Whom to Give to” from Jacques Derrida’s The Gift of Death. Why do we commit to one other instead of all others? Our discussion centers around the notions of the ethical, the universal, and the choices we make. This is a unique work of Derrida’s – one informed by a very focused reading of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling. This conversation cuts through Derrida’s reading of the non-communicative, secret-withholding...

Duration:00:59:43

Imposter Syndrome and Philosophy: Thinking with Gilles Deleuze and Mark Fisher

1/19/2021
CONTENT WARNING: MENTAL HEALTH DISCUSSION In this episode, Craig, Will, Matt, and Adam invite friend of the show Rose( @8leggedloser) to discuss the notion of 'impostor syndrome'. Using texts such as Mark Fisher's "Good for Nothing" and Deleuze's "Plato and the Simulacrum" from his Logic of Sense, we consider what it means to feel a failure of identification in relation to how one is recognised in the order of things, what it means to internalise social forces that attempt to confine you...

Duration:01:04:59

"What is Metaphysics?" - Analyzing Heidegger's Seminal Lecture at Freiburg

1/13/2021
Why is there something rather than nothing? In this episode, Craig, Matt, Will, and Adam address Heidegger’s inaugural lecture “What is Metaphysics?”. For Heidegger, the central problem of metaphysics lies at the level of the “is” itself. His pursuit is to establish a fundamental understanding of Being, something he believes has been almost entirely overlooked since the split between Plato and Aristotle. This piece also touches on many central elements in Heidegger’s earlier work, ranging...

Duration:01:02:33

Judgment or Cruelty: Deleuze with Artaud, Kafka, and Nietzsche

1/1/2021
In this episode, Craig, Matt, Will, and Adam close out the year by taking a look at Deleuze’s “To Have Done with Judgment”. In this work, Deleuze’s crosses paths with Artaud, but Nietzsche, Lawrence, and Kafka are also at his disposal. Those familiar with Deleuze's work will be familiar with some of the machines operating here. How does judgement function? How exactly are we to escape conceptualizing through strict categorization? How does Deleuze’s conception of “combat” inform how he...

Duration:01:05:52

What is 'Blacceleration'? A Conversation With Aria Dean

12/19/2020
In this episode, Craig, Matt, Will, and Adam are joined by critic, artist, cultural theorist, and assistant curator at Rhizome Aria Dean to discuss her 2017 essay "Notes on Blacceleration." In this episode, the Acid Horizon crew discusses with Aria the paradox of the ontological constitution of the black subject that sits at the very beginning of capitalism. “The black” or “the figure of blackness” acts as the orignary reserve of energy that enables the process of exchange that theorists of...

Duration:01:10:43

Gilles Deleuze's "Postscript on Societies of Control"

12/13/2020
In this episode, Craig, Matt, Will, and Adam return to Deleuze’s essay on the society of control. There are some crucial questions to ask: What is the nature of control? How does the control society differ from the society of discipline that Foucault identified in his work prior? Are we living in a control society, or some kind of hybrid? This work is short, but dense. The gang reflects on just how prescient some of Deleuze’s descriptions of these new technologies are. It is all to try to...

Duration:01:10:39

Deleuze's "Proust and Signs"

12/9/2020
In this episode, Taylor, Cooper, Will, and Craig break into Deleuze's famous text "Proust and Signs". For most of us, this was the first time we encounter the text. Together we strive to unpack the meaning of Deleuze's phrase "the search for truth is the search for lost time". We also cover Deleuze's concept of essence and apprenticeship.

Duration:01:18:29

Simondon's Concept of Individuation

11/29/2020
Taylor Adkins joins us for another episode to introduce his recent translation of Individuation in Light of Notions of Form and Information Vol. I & II . We carefully comb through introduction, unpacking Simondon's concept of individuation. Also, we discuss Simondon's work in view of Ancient thinkers and the subsequent work of Deleuze and Guattari. Some thinkers in the discussion also include Democritus, Plato, and Hegel. Relevant links Buy the text:...

Duration:01:08:14

Will 'Existential Monday' Ever Come? A Reading of Fondane's Existentialism

11/22/2020
We engage with the existentialism of Benjamin Fondane, an existentialist philosopher who is not widely celebrated in the English speaking world but whose name enjoys renown among Francophones. Craig, Will, Adam, and Taylor look at “Existential Monday and the Sunday of History”, an essay which seeks to define the role of the existential philosopher against those philosophies which he claims erase or obscure ‘the existent’. Other figures in the discussion include Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche,...

Duration:01:08:20

Is Metal Radical? A Conversation with Metal Philosopher David Burke

11/16/2020
Is metal (heavy, black, death, etc.) radical? is there something about metal that sets it apart from other genres as being potentially revolutionary? More broadly, can there exist an aesthetics capable of instigating a struggle against capital which resists recuperation? David Burke is a PhD candidate and music writer who has contributed to The Quietus and Astral Noize. We also discuss existentialism, revolution, death, Deleuze and Guattari, Hegel, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Zizek, and...

Duration:01:06:54

A Reading of "The Oldest Systematic Program of German Idealism"

11/11/2020
“The Oldest Systematic Program of German Idealism” is an esoteric text at the heart of 19th century German philosophy and of no certain authorship. The primary contention is that it was most likely written by either Hölderlin, Hegel, or Schelling during their time together as essentially collage dorm-mates whilst at Tübinger Stift in Germany, although some analyses leave open the possibility of a fourth unknown author. That being said, the text itself was written in Hegel’s handwriting, and...

Duration:00:07:53

Return of the M/acc: A Survey of Left Accelerationisms

11/8/2020
What is ‘left accelerationism’? (Are there more than one?) How has capitalism changed and what implications does it hold for emancipatory politics? In this episode, we examine some of the essential literature of L/acc, giving particular focus to Karl Marx’s “Fragment on Machines” from Grundrisse and Williams and Srnicek’s “Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics”. Figures also included in the discussion are Deleuze and Guattari, Hardt & Negri, Nick Land, Mark Fisher, Tiqqun, and Andrew...

Duration:01:10:23

Mark Fisher's 'The Weird and the Eerie' Revisited with Matt Colquhoun

10/31/2020
Step through the oddly placed door and enter the world of the weird and the eerie. In this episode, we dive into Mark Fisher’s The Weird and the Eerie with author and photographer Matt Colquhoun (xenogothic.com). Matt is the Author of Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher. He has also edited the compilation final lecture series entitled Postcapitalist Desire. All of the titles mentioned are out on Repeater Books. In the episode we mention Freud, Deleuze, Kafka, Lovecraft, Lukacs,...

Duration:00:58:58

Teaser - A Discussion of 'Proust and Signs'

10/29/2020
In this episode, we discuss Deleuze's early work Proust and Signs. Joining us is Taylor Adkins and Cooper of the Machine at Unconscious Happy Hour. Follow us on Patreon to get the complete episode today!

Duration:00:11:22