Subset of Theoretical Practice

Next Meeting: Monday at 9:00 PM

12 Dec
Last meeting of 2022
Meeting to discuss plans for 2023
Zoom link

Previous Meetings (93)

Plans for 2023
21 November 2022
Closed meeting to discuss our plans for 2023.

Meeting Materials

STP Diagram.jpg

From ologs to cooperatives: A project in experimental politics
14 November 2022
First, we will give an overview of various formalisms that have been helpful in our reconstruction of tektology. Then we will discuss the paper "Ologs: A Categorical Framework for Knowledge Representation" by Spivak and Kent. Finally, we will discuss potential applications of our theory towards worker co-ops and their value as experiments.

Meeting Materials

Spivak and Kent - 2012 - Ologs A Categorical Framework for Knowledge Repre.pdf

YouTube recording
Working through political organization, section 3: socially mediated perspectives (part 2)
07 November 2022
Discussion of topics from "Working through political organization: current results of the Subset of Theoretical Practice (2021-2022)", with focus on 3: the theory of socially mediated perspectives
YouTube recording
Working through political organization, section 3: socially mediated perspectives (part 1)
31 October 2022
Discussion of topics from "Working through political organization: current results of the Subset of Theoretical Practice (2021-2022)", with focus on 3: the theory of socially mediated perspectives
YouTube recording
Working through political organization, theses 5 and 6: multiplicity and organizational standpoint
24 October 2022
Discussion of topics from "Working through political organization: current results of the Subset of Theoretical Practice (2021-2022)", with focus on theses 5 and 6 of section 2: the multiplicity thesis and the thesis of the organizational point of view
YouTube recording
Discussion on 'Notes on our Melancholy Present'
17 October 2022
Conversation with Juliano Fiori about his text "Notes on our Melancholy Present"

Meeting Materials

Amidst the Debris-FINAL-Watermarked pages 167-195.pdf

YouTube recording
"Early treatment" ecossystem in Brazil: the "what's to be done" organizing schema for the Brazilian Far-Right
10 October 2022
Victor Silva, journalista and Public Safety bachelor student, will be presenting a case study on the "early treatment" ecology within the anti-lockdown and pandemic political struggles disputing the meaning of health, freedom, life and death. Was it a political movement? A cultural movement? An economic enterprise? Silva defends it was a mix of the three, giving the "early treatment" brand a powerful way to reproduce and amplify its scope to make at least 20% of the population in Brazil still believe that ineffective medication such as chloroquine is effective against Covid-19. References: https://blogdolabemus.com/2021/07/27/tratamento-precoce-negacionismo-ou-alt-science-por-leticia-cesarino/ https://cronicasdotitanic.substack.com/p/a-culpa-nao-e-nossa-e-precisamos https://medium.com/p/511891c5b228 https://negativando.medium.com/protestos-contra-o-lockdown-no-brasil-a-vida-n%C3%A3o-pode-parar-34cf77efe4c9

Meeting Materials

The covid-19 “early treatment” ecosystem in Brazil (1).pdf

YouTube recording
Working through political organization, theses 3 and 4: saturation and endogenous reproduction
03 October 2022
Discussion of topics from "Working through political organization: current results of the Subset of Theoretical Practice (2021-2022)", with focus on theses 3 and 4 of section 2: political saturation and endogenous reproduction.
YouTube recording
Working through political organization, theses 1 and 2: peripherization and vulgarization
26 September 2022
Discussion of topics from "Working through political organization: current results of the Subset of Theoretical Practice (2021-2022)", with focus on our first two theses about the conjuncture: peripherization and vulgarization.

Meeting Materials

Working through political organization_ current results of the Subset of Theoretical Practice (2021-2022) (RE-FORMATTED 01 09 2022)_Redact.pdf

YouTube recording
Types on Types: Towards an Informatic Theory of Organization
19 September 2022
If you thought the type theory fetish was bad so far, wait till you get a load of this abstract nonsense. We're gonna talk linear logic types, domain theory types, constructor types, categorical types, computational types. We're gonna talk about types in Rust and Haskell, and types in Rosen and maybe even Karatani (just as a little treat). Only one thing is for sure: if I manage to somehow link all these to the STP theory of organization, it'll surely be some type of miracle.

Meeting Materials

the-theory-of-topos-theoretic-bridges-a-conceptual-introduction_en.pdf

Lenin_ A Letter to a Comrade on Our Organisational Tasks.pdf

YouTube recording
Encontro de apresentação de pesquisas brasileiras no STP 1
13 September 2022
Apresentação das pesquisas feitas por brasileiros participantes do STP.
YouTube recording
On Memory Evolutive Systems (part 3)
12 September 2022
Discussing the seminal work of Andrée C. Ehresmann and J.P. Vanbremeersch.

Meeting Materials

STP - MES.pdf

YouTube recording
On Memory Evolutive Systems (part 2)
05 September 2022
Discussing the seminal work of Andrée C. Ehresmann and J.P. Vanbremeersch.

Meeting Materials

STP - MES.pdf

YouTube recording
Discussion with Rodrigo Nunes about "Neither Vertical Nor Horizontal: A Theory of Political Organization"
22 August 2022
A conversation with Rodrigo about his book, continuing our ongoing engagement with his work.

Meeting Materials

Questions about NVNH.pdf

YouTube recording
Open Discussion: Real Abstraction and the Communist Hypothesis
15 August 2022
YouTube recording
On questions of nationalism
08 August 2022
YouTube recording
Open meeting on case-study frameworks
01 August 2022
Discussion about which discursive practices can help us construct case-studies.
YouTube recording
Presentation of 'Neither Vertical Nor Horizontal: A Theory of Political Organization'
25 July 2022
Presentation on the main arguments of Rodrigo Nunes's book 'Neither Vertical Nor Horizontal: A Theory of Political Organization', in preparation for our discussion with Rodrigo himself, later this year

Meeting Materials

Rodrigo Nunes STP Slides.pdf

YouTube recording
Discussion with Marcelo Hoffman about "Militant Acts"
18 July 2022
The group invites Marcelo Hoffman to present his book "Militant Acts: The Role of Investigations in Radical Political Struggles"

Meeting Materials

(SUNY series in New Political Science) Marcelo Hoffman - Militant Acts_ The Role of Investigations in Radical Political Struggles-State University of New York Press (201.pdf

YouTube recording
J. A. Giannotti on the operational scheme
11 July 2022
Presentation on José Arthur Giannotti's approach to identity and equivalence in chapter 1 of "Trabalho e Reflexão" ("Labour and reflection"), and its compatibility with his linguistic turn in "Apresentação do Mundo" ("Presentation of the world"). The presentation deals with the broader issues of the constitution of world-transcendentals and the connection between language and value-form theory

Meeting Materials

GIANNOTTI, J. A. Trabalho e Reflexão (1984).pdf

politics

YouTube recording
On transcendental affinity and the logic of the gift
04 July 2022
An informal presentation of the current draft of a paper formalizing some crucial ideas from Lévi-Strauss and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. Portuguese draft of the paper available upon request.
YouTube recording
General Meeting
27 June 2022
A general meeting to discuss common interests and possible collaborations.
How does class matter? On class and social constraints
20 June 2022
In this meeting we will present some of the main arguments in Lillian Cicerchia's text "Why Does Class Matter?" and try to connect her ideas to the conceptual framework we have been developing. Special attention is given to the issue of how to connect structural and normative constraints, the relation between class, cooperation and competition and the issue of single-system x multi-system descriptions of opression and domination.

Meeting Materials

How does class matter (slides of presentation).pdf

Two logics of collective action.pdf

Structural Domination in the Labor Market.pdf

Why_Does_Class_Matter.pdf

YouTube recording
Sérgio Ferro and the problem of "misplaced free work".
13 June 2022
In this meeting we will try and show how Sérgio Ferro's analysis of the renaissance painters shows their labor as an attempt to escape the harsh conditions of the artisanal labor done in guilds and corporations in the end of feudalism/beginning of modernity.
YouTube recording
Planning next steps
06 June 2022
Meeting dedicated to discussions about (1) STP/SGPP connections, (2) creation of "Immanence of Truths" reading group, (3) new proposals for contribution to Crisis and Critique and (4) other organizational issues of the collective.
YouTube recording
The Internal Language of Commodities pt. 2
23 May 2022
We continue our exploration of the logic of commodities in terms of formal languages (type theory, toposes, etc.).

Meeting Materials

internal-language-2.pdf

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1710.10258.pdf

mathematics

YouTube recording
Thinking Through Political Organization: Militant Practice and Theory from the Organizational Point of View
12 May 2022
Event at the New School of Social Research, where we presented a summary of our research project, with comments by Bruno Bosteels.

Meeting Materials

Thinking Through Political Organization (Finall).pdf

YouTube recording
Elements for a Logic of Struggles: political economy of social conflict (part 2)
09 May 2022
In this presentation we will propose a formal framework to model the logic of social and political interactions in an attempt to treat three ideas: (i) that of means of production and reproduction of political bodies; (ii) that of boundaries of political bodies through which political interiorities and the social world interact; (iii) that of residues by which political experimentation and investigation can occur. Before introducing the framework, we will discuss the 2015-2016 school occupation movement in Brazil, which will serve both as a motivation and as a test case for the concepts developed.

Meeting Materials

Elements for a Logic of Struggles_compressed.pdf

YouTube recording
Open discussion about new publication
02 May 2022
Discussion about a future collective publication and our plans for the next meetings
YouTube recording
Elements for a Logic of Struggles: political economy of social conflict (part 1)
25 April 2022
In this presentation we will propose a formal framework to model the logic of social and political interactions in an attempt to treat three ideas: (i) that of means of production and reproduction of political bodies; (ii) that of boundaries of political bodies through which political interiorities and the social world interact; (iii) that of residues by which political experimentation and investigation can occur. Before introducing the framework, we will discuss the 2015-2016 school occupation movement in Brazil, which will serve both as a motivation and as a test case for the concepts developed.

Meeting Materials

Elements for a Logic of Struggles_compressed.pdf

YouTube recording
Why Lacan Abandons the Concept of Quilting Point: Toward a New Theory of Ideology
18 April 2022
Lacan’s concept of quilting point point de capiton is an important, albeit highly contested concept in the wider Lacanian vocabulary. Its valence in Lacan’s thought undergoes important changes from its first emergence in the Seminar III on the Psychoses (1950) up to Encore (1974) where Lacan abandons, if not fundamentally alters, the concept. In this paper I want to argue the concept remains central to any critique of ideology that utilizes the Lacanian point of view, and applying the notion to social and political phenomena opens a bigger debate about the epistemological status of political truths. The paper also presents an alternative model for thinking ideology critique that is critical of the Lacanian view, but informed by psychoanalysis in the thought of Edmund Bergler.
YouTube recording
Marx, Ecology and Technology in the Anthropocene
11 April 2022
Trying to grasp the Anthropocene and its political challenges makes Ecology and Technology some of the essential discourses around which a Critique of Political Economy has to locate itself. Reading Marx demands neither enshrining the master nor quickly dismissing his work as a mere relic of a past in which these questions never existed. Refusing both of these, I want to entertain the hypothesis that by reading these two recessive traits of Marx's work together, his interest in technology as a diagram of social domination and his casting of the social organization of production as embedded within a metabolic interaction with nature. Along this path, we might find an important theoretical reconstruction and a clue about the organizational challenge of inscribing together environmental and economic issues within the matrix of capitalist value-relations.
YouTube recording
The Internal Language of Commodities pt. 1
04 April 2022
A discussion of the relation between toposes, Heyting algebra, Marx's law of value and logic.

Meeting Materials

internal-language.pdf

Otani - Capital and Surplus-value.pdf

John L Bell - NOTES ON TOPOSES AND LOCAL SET THEORIES.pdf

Otani - Reproduction of Capital.pdf

mathematics

YouTube recording
Surrogate Reasoning and the Socially Extended Mind Thesis
28 March 2022
In this meeting we introduce the "extended mind" thesis, its connections to our research project and the contributions of Barwise and Shimojima to the theory of "surrogate reasoning".

Meeting Materials

STP Extended Mind 28 03 2022.pdf

Shimojima and Barwise - surrogate reasoning.pdf

Socially Extended Mind reading package.pdf

Shimojima - On the Efficacy of Representation.pdf

YouTube recording
Five theses of the STP
21 March 2022
In this meeting we will discuss the last steps in our collective research and try to identify common theses and threads of enquiry.

Meeting Materials

Five theses.pdf

YouTube recording
the institutional bonds of philosophical activity
14 March 2022
In this presentation we will try and develop how philosophy organizes itself institutionally and what the implications of this structure in a world where universities monopolize the production of philosophy.

Meeting Materials

the institutional bonds of philosophy.pdf

YouTube recording
Meeting with the Extimate collective
21 February 2022
A meeting with the Extimate collective to talk about the situation in Turkey, the crisis of university and their project for a transdisciplinary organization.
YouTube recording
Short Presentations III
14 February 2022
A meeting dedicated to a participant's individual research.
Short Presentations II
31 January 2022
A meeting dedicated to the presentation of a new participant's research.
Short Presentations
24 January 2022
We continue general discussions and give time for participants to give a short presentation on what they're working on.
YouTube recording
Ideas for 2022
17 January 2022
A general meeting to discuss our plans for 2022
YouTube recording
General Meeting about Further Steps
06 December 2021
YouTube recording
Building the text for ŠUM
08 November 2021
YouTube recording
Further Planning for ŠUM (plus TV guide)
01 November 2021
YouTube recording
Planning for ŠUM
25 October 2021
YouTube recording
The generic in Badiou's theory of bodies
18 October 2021
YouTube recording
Sheaves, Forcing and Other Consequences of an Inaccessibly Infinite World
04 October 2021
YouTube recording
The technique of forcing in Being and Event
27 September 2021
YouTube recording
What is a revolutionary organization?
21 September 2021
How can we use science, specifically the science of organization, to inform political practice? This is a recorded talk given at the Revolution in Philosophy series held at Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Palestine.

Meeting Materials

What is a revolutionary organization .pdf

YouTube recording
On use and exchange maps in the Primer on Political Phenomenology
13 September 2021
YouTube recording
Reading 'Genericity as Information'
30 August 2021

Meeting Materials

Robert Rosen - Essays on Life Itself (1999).pdf

YouTube recording
Treating the Commons
16 August 2021
We discuss the work of E. Ostrom from a phenomenological standpoint, including common pool resources (CPR), design principles for CPR governance and the appearance of costs.

Meeting Materials

Ostrom.pdf

YouTube recording
Mapping out a possible research direction, part 2
09 August 2021

Meeting Materials

Mapping out a possible research direction.pdf

YouTube recording
Mapping out a possible research direction, part 1
19 July 2021

Meeting Materials

Mapping out a possible research direction.pdf

YouTube recording
Open research questions
05 July 2021
YouTube recording
Introduction to Behavioral Mereology
14 June 2021
Here we discuss the work of Fong, Jaz-Myers and Spivak on determining parts and wholes using entirely constraint-based and functorial language.

Meeting Materials

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1811.00420.pdf

behavioral-mereology.pdf

YouTube recording
Discussion on politics and optics
31 May 2021
YouTube recording
A rough account of what we've been up to, for the benefit of others
17 May 2021

Meeting Materials

Overview 17 05 2021.pdf

YouTube recording
Discussion on method, language and ludics
10 May 2021
YouTube recording
Game semantics, ludics and a little bit of everything
03 May 2021

Meeting Materials

GAME_SEMANTICS_LUDICS_ETC.pdf

YouTube recording
Logic, Logistics, States and almost a bunch of case studies
26 April 2021

Meeting Materials

Logistics.pdf

YouTube recording
Scale relativity in the work of Mark Wilson
19 April 2021
YouTube recording
Scale spacetime: Laurent Nottale's theory of scale relativity
12 April 2021

Meeting Materials

Laurent Nottale and Scale Relativity Theory.pdf

YouTube recording
The compositional point of view: labour time, partial worker, cooperation, part 2
05 April 2021

Meeting Materials

Labour time, Partial Workers and Cooperation.pdf

YouTube recording
The compositional point of view - Labour time, Partial Worker, Cooperation, part 1
29 March 2021

Meeting Materials

Labour time, Partial Workers and Cooperation.pdf

YouTube recording
On algorithmic socialism
22 March 2021
YouTube recording
Previous research and next steps
15 March 2021
YouTube recording
Organization, Force and Conjuncture
08 March 2021
YouTube recording
Essays in Tektology: Basic Organizational Mechanisms
01 March 2021
YouTube recording
On the equality of all minds, part 2
22 February 2021
YouTube recording
On the equality of all minds, part 1
15 February 2021
YouTube recording
A Primer on Political Phenomenology, part 3
01 February 2021

Meeting Materials

Primer_on_Phenomenological_Political_Economy (07 04 2021).pdf

YouTube recording
A Primer on Political Phenomenology, part 2
25 January 2021

Meeting Materials

Primer_on_Phenomenological_Political_Economy (07 04 2021).pdf

YouTube recording
A Primer on Political Phenomenology, part 1
18 January 2021

Meeting Materials

Primer_on_Phenomenological_Political_Economy (07 04 2021).pdf

YouTube recording
Essays in Tektology - Basic Concepts and Methods
16 December 2020
YouTube recording
Tektologic Spaces - Ideas for Organizational Platform
07 December 2020
YouTube recording
Capital as a Space of Reasons
04 December 2020

Meeting Materials

Caron-Pedro Capital as space of reasons.pdf

YouTube recording
Open Games, Sheaves and Prices
23 November 2020
We explore the work of J. Hedges et. al. in defining open games, a compositional approach to game theory, and try to find connections with equilibrium theory and sheaf theory.

Meeting Materials

5fbc60c7b9daf1c119e4ad28_open-games-sheaves-prices.pdf

YouTube recording
Reading Essays in Tektology - What is Organizational Science?
16 November 2020
YouTube recording
Sketch of a Model for Thinking Political Organizations
10 November 2020
YouTube recording
Discussion of further steps
02 November 2020
YouTube recording
Badiou and Marx, part 2
20 October 2020

Meeting Materials

Badiou & Marx.pdf

YouTube recording
Badiou and Marx, part 1
14 October 2020

Meeting Materials

Badiou & Marx.pdf

YouTube recording
Space and Logic, part 2
12 October 2020
YouTube recording
Discussion and revision of previous material
28 September 2020
YouTube recording
Space and Logic, part 1
21 September 2020
YouTube recording
Causal Powers, Scale and Consciousness - An introduction to IIT, part 2
14 September 2020

Meeting Materials

Introduction to Integrated Information Theory 7_9_2020.pdf

YouTube recording
Causal Powers, Scale and Consciousness - An introduction to IIT, part 1
07 September 2020

Meeting Materials

Introduction to Integrated Information Theory 7_9_2020.pdf

YouTube recording
The Logics of Historical Worlds
24 August 2020

Meeting Materials

What is a historical world.pdf

YouTube recording
Compositionality and Generative Effects
17 August 2020
Here we discuss the work of E. Adam in a cohomological and categorical description of generativity. We try to connect aspects of this to phenomenology and political practice.

Meeting Materials

eadam_PhDThesis.pdf

YouTube recording
The transformation problem and the representation of capital
12 August 2020
YouTube recording
Outline of a Research Project
27 July 2020
YouTube recording