Place and Scale


  • J.-P. Caron UFRJ


Bensusan, Hilan Bensusan, Metaphysics, Indexicalism, Inhumanism


In Indexicalism Hilan Bensusan brings together a multiplicity of strands in contemporary thought in trying to build a thoroughgoing foundation for a situated metaphysics. In this paper I try to connect the solutions that are specific to the book to the problems identified in two different papers of Bensusan. In these, the author takes a polemical stand against inhumanism, as representing a continuation of the project of the extraction of intelligibilities that is continuous with the history of Western metaphysics. Under this light, indexicalism becomes a way to deal with the will to knowledge. In this paper I try to connect the project of indexicalism with these problems by examining some of the solutions proposed in the book concerning the philosophy of language and or perception, trying to propose an answer to Bensusan’s criticisms, through an immanent engagement with the indexicalist position - but in doing so we will not be kept in the confines of what indexicalism might be prepared to countenance. Unforeseen consequences lurk- reversing from within some of the philosophical valences of the position-a transvaluation towards a non-indexicalist position that, nevertheless, gives justice to the situated point of view that is always the causal starting point of contact with the real.


Bensusan, H. Indexicalism: Realism and the Metaphysics of Paradox. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021

___________ “Cosmopolitical Parties in the Post-Human Age” In: &&&, 2020

___________ “Geist and Ge-stell: Beyond the Cyber-Nihilist Convergence of Intelligence” In: Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, vol 16, no2, 2020.

Brandom, R. Making it explicit. Reasoning, representing and discursive commitment. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1994.

Caron, J.-P. “On constitutive dissociations as a means of World-Unmaking: Generative Aesthetics redefined” In: e-flux, #115, February 2021.

Giannotti, J. A. Trabalho e Reflexão. Ensaios para uma dialética da sociabilidade. São Paulo: Brasiliense, 1983.

Goodman, N. Ways of worldmaking, Hackett Publishing. 1978

McDowell, J. Mind and world, 2nd edition. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996

Negarestani, R. Intelligence and Spirit. London: Urbanomic, 2018.

Sohn-Rethel, A. Intellectual and Manual Labour: A Critique of Epistemology. Macmillan Press, 1978.

STP. “Contribution to the Critique of Political Organization: Outline of An Ongoing Research Project”, Crisis and Critique, 2020.

Wittgenstein, L. Philosophical Investigations, 4th revised edition, London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.




How to Cite

Caron, J.-P. (2021). Place and Scale. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 17(2), 162–184. Retrieved from



Conference Proceedings