A Quick Note on Chance and Neo-Leibnizian Metaphysics

08/11/2021

When I talked about Nick Land’s account of libidinal materialism, I deduced that there was the potential for the entrance of neo-Leibnizian explanation of ideas such as continuity, community, etc. as pre-, that is, proto-existential. Now, the whole issue of a neo-Leibnizian explanation of Bataille is pretty apparent in his essay Sacrifices, because of the fact neither possibility nor necessity can explain the coming into being myself. Now, Land says “Chance is not a pre-ontological arche-reserve of possibilities”.[1] So, the issue is the idea of the realm of possibility, not the idea of chance-as-non-existential, because “[c]hance is not some kind of infra-, super-, or ur-being, and there is no sense at all in which it surreptitiously ‘is’”.[2] But, going back to Bataille’s aforementioned essay, I think it is still fair to argue that things such as chance, continuity, etc. are non-existential.

Bibliography

Nick Land. The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism (an Essay in Atheistic Religion). London, UK: Routledge, 1992.

References

[1]: Nick Land, The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism (an Essay in Atheistic Religion) (London, UK: Routledge, 1992), 157.

[2]: Ibid., 158.

How sweet terror is, not a single line, or a ray of morning sunlight fails to contain the sweetness of anguish. - Georges Bataille