Laruelle and Non-Philosophy: An Introduction

Live Online & Interactive Seminar

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Instructor: Rocco Gangle, PhD

Dates: Sundays at 11am EST October 22, October 29

Course Description: This course will introduce the philosophical thought of the French thinker, Francois Laruelle. There will be three lectures and a follow-up discussion session.

Be Challenged: This course is live and interactive. You can take it just for enrichment or you can take it Pass/Fail. If you pass the course you will receive 1 Silver GCAS token. Earn 5 GCAS Silver tokens, and receive one Gold GCAS Token plus a free course. 2 Gold GCAS Tokens = 1 Platinum GCAS Token. 1 Platinum Token = 100 GCAS Dollars. GCAS Dollars are for you to use to purchase GCAS books and other goods we'll sell starting in our online bookstore starting January, 2018. In addition to a school we're starting to build an economy based on knowledge and ideas not on profits. Join us!

To pass the course, you will need to respond in the class forum at least 2 times between lectures or sessions (see schedule below). Each time must be at least 150 words. Respond to the lecture or respond to someone else's response and help create the conversation inside the online classroom. You can also write a blog post (no more than 1,000 words) about the course. If we publish it, you will receive an additional 1 GCAS Silver Token (2 maximum GCAS Silver Tokens per course).

Although we strongly encourage you to attend the lectures live online in our Platform (see below for how to join) it's not required for you to pass the course. You just have to view the recordings, which will be uploaded inside the course in your GCAS E-School virtual classroom.

Recommended Texts include:

F. Laruelle, From Decision to Heresy, Sequence/Urbanomic.
F. Laruelle, Philosophies of Difference, Bloomsbury.

Schedule: Meets on Sundays, October 15, 22, 29 at 11am EST (New York Time)


1. Non-philosophy: key concepts and methodology
(text: From Decision to Heresy)
2. Beyond Nietzsche/Heidegger
(text: Philosophies of Difference)
3. Applications: non-aesthetics, non-ethics
(texts: Photo-Fiction; General Theory of Victims)

How to Join the live lectures (which will be recorded incase you can't make it):

We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB).

Here’s how you join: click on the Big Blue Button link. (

Sign in with your name.

Select your course name (which will be put-up on BBB)

Password: researcher505

Here’s a tutorial for Big Blue Button:

We recommend that you have a good to very good internet connection (this is crucial so you can fully experience the interactions between you and other participants (we call them researchers) and the instructor.

Your Instructor

Rocco Gangle, PhD
Rocco Gangle, PhD

Rocco Gangle specializes in philosophies of immanence (particularly Spinoza, Deleuze and Laruelle), the semiotics and diagrammatic logic of Peirce, and the mathematics of category theory. He is the translator of Laruelle’s Philosophies of Difference (Continuum 2010) and the author of Diagrammatic Immanence: Category Theory and Philosophy (Edinburgh UP 2015) and Francois Laruelle’s Philosophies of Difference: A Critical Introduction and Guide (Edinburgh UP 2013). His work has appeared in Philosophy Today, Synthese, the Journal of Applied Logic, Angelaki, SubStance, and Political Theology among other journals. With Gianluca Caterina he directs the Center for Diagrammatic and Computational Philosophy at Endicott College, where he is also Associate Professor of Philosophy.

Prof. Gangle is a member of GCAS’s Forms and Formalization Research Group.

Class Curriculum

  Lecture #1 Recorded: "Laruelle and Non-Philosophy"
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  Discussion Forum
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a MOOC?
NO! A MOOC is a "massive open online course" that assumes the participant is passive. Our model is different: We teach and meet-up live and offer interactive courses that allow you to meet others and share your ideas freely.
How do I access the live course
We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB). Just logon: Sign in with your name > Select your course name (which will be put-up on BBB) > Password: researcher505
When does the course start and finish?
Each course starts when scheduled. Check the schedule and be sure to participate in the live session. If you're not available to participate in the live session, that's ok. We'll record the live session and post it for you to engage when you're able.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
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