My Approach to Non-Philosophy Has Always Been Political: On Non-Philosophy, Materialist Feminism, the Politics of the Suffering Body, and the Non-Marxist Reading of Marx
Interview with Katerina Kolozova, by Jan Sůsa
Contradictions: A Journal for Critical Thought IV, no. 2 (2020): 127–138
Keywords: Non-philosophy, François Laruelle, speculative realism, xenofeminism, materialist feminism, non-Marxism, illiberal democracy
This interview, conducted by Jan Sůsa, introduces the theoretical work of Katerina Kolozova, Macedonian philosopher and director of the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje (ISSH–S). Kolozova addresses the limits of poststructuralist conceptions of subjectivity, as embodied in their symptomatic rejection of the One and the Real, and she discusses her conception of “the politics of the suffering body,” as well as her work on the subject of what she calls “non-Marxism”: a critical reading of Marx through François Laruelle’s non-philosophy, rejecting philosophical interpretations of Marx’s work, such as dialectical materialism and the concept of the epistemological break. She also discusses her shift from classics to contemporary philosophy, her objection to the division between the analytic and continental traditions in contemporary academia, and her relation to “speculative realism.” The end of the interview brings a more concrete analysis of politics, which for Kolozova is of equal importance to more abstract “non-philosophical” research. In addition to her work on non-philosophy, Kolozova and her team at ISSH–S have conducted several studies on contemporary politics, concerning the situation in Northern Macedonia, the Western Balkan, and the contemporary illiberal turn in Europe.
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