Life and thought are two different things. You get thought that tries to add a dimension to life and thought that tries to subtract itself from life. Philosophy is the school of death. But there is another way to think. There is a way to think critically and rationally and through concepts that orients itself outside of that space and has a different objective and which subordinates itself to another goal. Philosophy is continually enriching itself from without, from low theory, but Spinoza was not a philosopher, Nietzsche was not a philosopher, Marx was not a philosopher. This is the ‘canon’ – as if it could have one – of low theory, these are the people who are outside the space of philosophy, who were refused by it or who refused it. Spinoza was a lens grinder, Marx was a revolutionary, they are not philosophers; they do not belong to philosophy, other than via its recuperations.
John Douglas Millar interviews McKenzie Wark.