Non-Evental Novelty: Towards Experimentation as Praxis


  • Oliver Human University of Amsterdam


Experiment, Bataille, Derrida, Badiou, sequence, general economy, restricted economy, novelty


In this article I explore the possibilities of experimentation as a non-foundational praxis for introducing novel ways of being into existence. Beginning with a discussion, following Bataille, of the excess of any thought, I argue that any action in the world is necessarily uncertain. Using the insights of Derridean deconstruction combined with Badiousian truth procedure I argue that experimentation offers a means for acting from this uncertain position. Experimentation takes advantage of the play and uncertainty of our understanding of the world as a means of moving towards more progressive political positions.

Author Biography

Oliver Human, University of Amsterdam

Oliver Human is  a PhD candidate in the department of Social Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Stellenbosch University.




How to Cite

Human, O. (2013). Non-Evental Novelty: Towards Experimentation as Praxis. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 9(2), 68–85. Retrieved from