"Found Poetry" from Pierre Bourdieu and Roy Baskhar



In order to escape the realism of the structure

which hypostatizes systems of objective relations

by converting them into totalities already constituted

outside of individual and group history,

it is necessary to pass from the opus operatum

to the modus operandi

from statistical regularity or algebraic structure

to the principle of the production of the observed order,

and to construct the theory of practice

or, more precisely,

the theory of the generation of mode of practices,

which is the precondition for establishing

an experimental science of the dialectic

of the internalization of externality

and the externalization of internality,

or, more simply, of incorporation and objectification.


* Source: Pierre Bourdieu, 1977, Outline of a Theory of Practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 72. 


Critical Realism


Indeed dialectical critical realism may be seen under

the aspect of Foucaultian strategic reversal –

of the unholy trinity of Parmenidean

/Platonic/Aristotelean provenance;

of the Cartesian-Lockean-Humean-Kantian paradigm,

of foundationalisms (in practice, fideistic foundationalisms)

and irrationalisms (in practice, capricious exercises

of the will-to-power

or some other ideologically and/or

psycho-somatically buried source)

new and old alike;

of the primordial failing of western philosophy,

ontological monovalence,

and its close ally,
the epistemic fallacy with its ontic dual;

of the analytic problematic laid down by Plato,

which Hegel 
served only to replicate

in his actualist monovalent analytic 

in transfigurative reconciling dialectical connection,

while in his hubristic claims for absolute idealism

he inaugurated the Comtean, Kierkegaardian and Nietzschean

eclipses of reason,

replicating the fundament of positivism

through its transmutation route

to the super-idealism
of a Baudrillard.


*Roy Baskhar, 1994, Plato, etc.: The Problems of Philosophy and Their Resolution, London: Verso

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