Michael over at Complete Lies has a nice post up, relating my discussion of dark matter to both Derrida’s hauntology and to Schelling’s ‘weird realism’. Don’t have much time to comment now, but highlights include his concept of the ‘presence’ of dark matter in reality as a kind of ontological black hole.
Could there not be ontological voids or black holes? Could there not be entities that are entirely vaccuous to the extent that they deny Being to those entities around them, that is, that like black holes, actually exist not only as void in reality but destroy existence itself?
If ‘dark matter’ is that which is a nothing without context, that is, not a simply empty space in reality, I think the comparison to a black hole is fitting. My ontological black hole not only exists as void, but denies its very context and exists to annul its context in the universe. It is not a quasi-being, not a ghost, but a voided void, an absolute denial of existence.
Anontology does involve a certain inheritance of hauntology, which I’ve made some remarks on before and which I will elaborate on in the future. This link reminds me, also, of Eric Santner’s wonderful discussion of ‘spectral materialism’ in the work of W.G. Sebald. Here we not only have the problem of realism vs. materialism, but also speculation vs. spectrality, the specular or spectacular, and so on.
Just some ‘larvae’ for now, but I’ll certainly look forward to this new problematization of the Speculative Realist zeitgeist.