Gilles Grelet

Formerly a skipper and trainer of sailing instructors in the Glénan Islands, Gilles Grelet has lived aboard his boat since 2010. He is the author of Déclarer la gnose: D'une guerre qui revient à la culture, Le théorisme, méthode de salut public, and Citations pour le président Sarkozy (with Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa), and editor of the collection Théorie-rébellion. Un ultimatum.

  • Theory of the Solitary Sailor

    Theory of the Solitary Sailor

    Gilles Grelet

    Grelet's solitary sailor is a radical theoretical figure, herald angel of an existential rebellion against the world and against philosophy's world-thought.

    Over a decade ago, Gilles Grelet left the city to live permanently on the sea, in silence and solitude, with no plans to return to land, rarely leaving his boat Théorème. An act of radical refusal, a process of undoing one by one the ties that attach humans to the world, for Grelet this departure was also inseparable from an ongoing campaign of anti-philosophy. Like François Laruelle's "ordinary man" or Rousseau's "solitary walker," Grelet's solitary sailor is a radical theoretical figure, herald angel of an existential rebellion against the world and against philosophy's world-thought, point zero of an anti-philosophy as rigorous gnosis, and apprentice in the herethics of navigation.

    More than a set of scattered reflections, less than a system of thought, Theory of the Solitary Sailor is a gnostic device. It answers the supposed necessity of realizing the world-thought that is philosophy (or whatever takes its place) with a steadfast and melancholeric refusal. As indifferently serene and implacably violent as the ocean itself, devastating for the sufficiency of the world and the reign of semblance, this is a lived anti-philosophy, a perpetual assault waged from the waters off the coast of Brittany, amid sea and wind.

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  • Collapse, Volume 6

    Geo/Philosophy

    Robin Mackay

    Philosophers, theorists, eco-critics, leading scientific experts in climate change, and artists assess the present state of “planetary thought.”

    Is there an enduring bond between philosophical thought and the earth, or is philosophy's task to escape the planetary horizon? And what is the connection between the empirical earth, the contingent material support of human thinking, and the abstract “world” that is the condition for a “whole” of thought?

    Real and imaginary geographies and cartographies have played a dual role in philosophy, serving both as governing metaphor and as ultimate grounding for philosophical thought; but urgent contemporary concerns introduce new problems for geophilosophy: planetary political, technological, military, and financial mutations have scrambled territorial formations, and scientific predictions now present us with the apocalyptic scenario of a planet without human thought.

    The sixth volume of Collapse brings together philosophers, theorists, eco-critics, leading scientific experts in climate change, and artists whose work interrogates the link between philosophical thought, geography and cartography, in order to create a portrait of the present state of “planetary thought.”

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