mimicry (2010) __

the shaman (2009) __

sieg und niederlage (2008-10) __

expansion der gegenwart (2009) __

brigade joussance (2004) __

spaßkulturen (1997) __

international fuel crisis (2007-2010) __

kunst des nationalismus (2006) __

unkirche (2007) __

widerlegung der unterhaltung (1998) __

traktat über die schlange (1998) __

turns (2001-2009)

brigade jouissance*

© 2004 Zoran Terzic || * Plateaus of Eternal Joy. Metaphysics of Desire ||

The love/body problem


Firstly, 'love' is often used as the ultimate explanation. St. Augustine writes that it is love that forces a stone to fall to the ground. Novalis speaks of love as the 'final purpose'.


Secondly, love is simultaneously the phenomenon that challenges any ultimate explanation – it is the last bastion of (inter)subjective autonomy. In the Aristotelian and Kantian tradition it is a 'purpose in itself'.


Thirdly, love as a libidinal force emerges as a modus operandi not only of social life but of politics and of epistemology: from Nietzsches nature-art-'drive' via Deleuze/Guattari ("sexuality is everywhere") to Maturana's 'Biology of Love' – i.e. love/libido constitutes a structural 'purpose'.

Fourthly, neuroscience reverses the Augustinian claim: the ultimate goal is to explain love the way the law of gravitation is explained (particles, functions, laws: Oxytocin, Pheromones, Dopamine, Serotonine etc.). Love is purposeful, but it is not a purpose in itself.


These four aspects raise various questions: How is ultimate passion correlated with ultimate being? In what regard (e.g. Bataille) is the excessive nature of human existence accounted for? How can we rehabilitate Augustine's claim without resorting to Christian agape or a romanticizing of science? How can we replace the 'universality of love' with a, say, 'loving universality'? What is the metaphysics of love? etc.