Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism
Author: Frédéric Neyrat
Publisher: Lit Z Fup
ISBN: 9780823277551
Category: Philosophy
Page: 128
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Atopias is a manifesto for a radical existentialism that restores the place of the outside that contemporary theory underestimates. Neyrat calls this outside "atopia": not utopia, a dreamt place out of the world, but atopia, the internal outside that is at the core of every being. Atopia is neither an object that an object-oriented ontology might formalize, nor the matter that new materialisms might identify. Atopia is what constitutes the eccentric existence of every being. Etymologically, to exist means "to be outside" and Atopias argues that every entity is outside, thrown in the world without ontological anchor. In this regard, a radicalized existentialism no longer privileges human beings, as Sartre and Heidegger did, but considers existence a universal condition of every being. Now, when our denial of any outside is at its most damaging, is the moment for such a radical existentialism. Only an atopian philosophy-a bizarre, extravagant, heretic philosophy-can rechannel our fear of the outside. Breaking the immanence in which we are trapped, Atopias opens new ways to consider human and animal subjectivity, language, politics, and metaphysics.

Stream 04

Les Paradoxes du vivant / The Paradoxes of the Living
Author: Collectif
Publisher: Art Book Magazine Distribution
ISBN: 2954096985
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 496
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Stream 04 explore la figure du vivant comme clé des défis contemporains. Dépasser le simple constat de l’ère Anthropocène impose de chercher la position pour agir au-delà des dualismes modernes en articulant de nouvelles relations au vivant, paradoxales et parfois antagonistes. Ce qui paraissait inerte s’avère animé, l’individu se révèle écosystème, le vivant s’artificialise et la technique prend vie. À l’heure des grands dérèglements climatiques, un repositionnement par rapport aux autres formes d’existence semble salutaire. Notre planète est vivante ; plus que jamais, habiter le monde signifie cohabiter. Prendre en considération le vivant, penser et construire avec et pour la nature est notre nouvelle frontière. Notre condition contemporaine est paradoxale : nous avons gagné une humilité en tant qu’homme, nous n’avons plus de droit naturel et nous craignons les conséquences de nos actes, mais la situation nous force à considérer des moyens d’intervenir sur le vivant. Selon quelle représentation de la nature, suivant quelles approches, quelles méthodes et jusqu’à quel point ? Les visions s’opposent, mais les enjeux sont passionnants et les réponses complexes. Contributeurs : Les philosophes Augustin Berque, Graham harman, Catherine et Raphaël Larrère, Timothy Morton, Pierre Musso, Roland Schaer, Marion Waller, Chris Younès, / eduardo Kohn Les artistes Michel Blazy, Olafur Eliasson, Loris Gréaud, Haru Ji & Graham Wakefield, Ariane Michel, Laurent Petit, Timur Si Qin Les critiques d'art Jens Hauser, Laurent Le Bon, Thomas Schlesser Les chercheurs Gilles Bœuf, Timothée Boitouzet, David Edwards, Donald Ingber, François Képès, Carlos Moreno, Joseph Paradiso, Dominique Boullier Les paysagistes Anita Berrizbeitia, Gilles Clément, Catherine Mosbach Les architectes Philippe Chiambaretta, Anna Dyson, Yona Friedman, Ariane Lourie Harrison, Léa Mosconi, Jana Revidin Publié par l’agence PCA-STREAM, le livre-revue Stream explore sur un rythme biennal les grands enjeux contemporains. Via les contributions de chercheurs, penseurs et artistes issus de champs disciplinaires variés, Stream analyse les conditions de l’architecture et de l’urbanisme de demain, préfigurant l’évolution des pratiques sociétales et façons d’habiter le monde. Stream 01 et 02 approfondissaient les relations culture/économie puis l’évolution de nos rapports au travail, tandis que Stream 03 pensait l’avènement de l’Anthropocène. Publication bilingue (français / anglais)

Process Philosophy of Signs

Author: James Williams
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748695036
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 208
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We usually think of signs as fixed relations: a red light signifies 'Stop'. In his bold new book, James Williams argues that signs are processes: you see the red light and think 'should I stop?', triggering a creative response. Williams develops this new process philosophy of signs through a formal model , in contrast to earlier structuralist definitions. He draws on the philosophies of Deleuze and Whitehead, criticises earlier work on the sign in biology by Jakob von Uexkull, and connects to contemporary work on process in the philosophy of biology by John Dupre. The process model has wide applications in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and informs their critical debates with science. In defining the sign as essentially political, this radical definition of the sign opens up new possibilities for social and political critique.


Laruelle The
Author: Rocco Gangle,Julius Greve
Publisher: Critical Perspectives on Theor
ISBN: 9781786602459
Category: Philosophy
Page: 192
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This book examines the relevance of Fran�ois Laruelle's innovative notion of non-standard philosophy to critical and constructive discourses in the humanities, bringing together essays from prominent Anglophone scholars of Laruelle's work and includes a contribution from Laurelle himself.

Forms of a World

Contemporary Poetry and the Making of Globalization
Author: Walt Hunter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780823282227
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 192
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Forms of a World argues that poetic innovations of contemporary Anglophone poetry shape and are shaped by global forces. The poets in this book sense these conditions before they are made fully present and offer various responses to global transformation.

Decoding Theoryspeak

An Illustrated Guide to Architectural Theory
Author: Enn Ots
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136901981
Category: Architecture
Page: 240
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Existentialism; Urbanism; Aporia; Deontic; Tabula Rasa; Hyperspace; Heterotopia; Metareality; Structuralism... What does it all mean? The unique language used in architectural theory – both in speech and writing – can appear daunting and confusing, particularly to new architectural students. Decoding Theoryspeak provides an accessible guide to the specialized language of contemporary design for the next generation of thinkers, architects and design leaders. It includes: definitions of over 200 terms clear cross-references illustrations throughout. It is an essential pocket-sized resource for students and practitioners alike.

Theorizing Images

Author: Žarko Paić,Krešimir Purgar
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443892939
Category: Art
Page: 275
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This book uncovers an underlying dispute over the role images play in contemporary society and, consequently, over their values and purposes. Two decades after the concepts of the pictorial and the iconic turn changed our vernacular involvement with regard to images, it has become clear that it was not only a newly discovered social, political or sexual construction of the visual field that brought turbulence into disciplinary knowledge, but that images have their own “pictorial logic” with powers exceeding those that are purely iconic or visually discernible. Instead of underscoring previously defined concepts of the picture, the contributors to this book view visual studies and Bildwissenschaft “merely” as a place for the theory of images, making a case for the hotly-debated topic of their powers and weaknesses on the one hand, and of their respective theories on the other. Therefore, as the title indicates, this book theorizes images, but it does not present a theory of images, because visual studies cannot lead to a unified theory of images unless a unified ontology of images can be agreed upon first. Although that would be a different task altogether, all the contributions in this book (in different ways and at different paces), by theorizing images in their aesthetic, historical, media and technological guises, pave the way for the future of visual culture and for the image science that will make this future more comprehensible.

Embodied Utopias

Gender, Social Change and the Modern Metropolis
Author: Amy Bingaman,Lise Sanders,Rebecca Zorach
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134537565
Category: Architecture
Page: 336
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Utopia has become a dirty word in recent scholarship on modernism, architecture, urban planning and gender studies. Many utopian designs now appear impractical, manifesting an arrogant disregard for the lived experiences of the ordinary inhabitants who make daily use of global public and private spaces. The essays in Embodied Utopias argue that the gendered body is the crux of the hopes and disappointments of modern urban and suburban utopias of the Americas, Europe and Asia. They reassess utopian projects - masculinist, feminist, colonialist, progressive - of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; they survey the dystopian landscapes of the present; and they gesture at the potential for an embodied approach to the urban future, to the changing spaces of cities and virtual landscapes.

The Transcontinental Maghreb

Francophone Literature across the Mediterranean
Author: Edwige Talbayev
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0823275175
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
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The writer Gabriel Audisio once called the Mediterranean a "liquid continent." Taking up the challenge issued by Audisio's phrase, Edwige Tamalet Talbayev insists that we understand the region on both sides of the Mediterranean through a "transcontinental" heuristic. Rather than merely read the Maghreb in the context of its European colonizers from across the Mediterranean, Talbayev compellingly argues for a transmaritime deployment of the Maghreb across the multiple Mediterranean sites to which it has been materially and culturally bound for millennia. Studying a Mediterranean-inspired body of texts from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Gibraltar in French, Arabic, and Spanish, the book delivers provocative analyses that complicate the dichotomy between nation and Mediterranean, the valence of the postcolonial topos of nomadism in the face of postcolonial trauma, and conceptions of the Mediterranean as a mythical site averse to historical realization. In place of Albert Camus' colonialist Mediterranean utopia, Talbayev substitutes a trans-Mediterranean reading of Kateb Yacine's Nedjma as an allegory of the Maghreb's longstanding plurality. Through this adjusted Mediterranean genealogy, The Transcontinental Maghreb reveals these Mediterranean imaginaries to intersect with Maghrebi claims to an inclusive, democratic national ideal yet to be realized. Attuned to both the perpetual fluctuation of the Mediterranean as method and the political imperatives specific to the postcolonial Maghreb, the transcontinental reveals the limits of models of hybridity and nomadism oblivious to material realities. Through a sustained reflection on allegory and critical melancholia, the book shows how the Mediterranean decenters postcolonial nation-building projects and mediates the nomadic subject's reinsertion into a national collective respectful of heterogeneity. In engaging the space of the sea, the hybridity it produces, and the way it has shaped such historical dynamics as globalization, imperialism, decolonization, and nationalism, the book rethinksthe very nature of postcolonial histories and identities along its shores.

Rethinking Technologies

Author: Verena Andermatt Conley
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816622153
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 248
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Grounded on the assumption that the relationship between the arts and the sciences is dictated by technology, the essays in Rethinking Technologies explore trends in contemporary thought that have been changing our awareness of science, technology, and the arts.

Aesthetics After Finitude

An Anthology of Essays
Author: Baylee Brits,Prudence Gibson,Amy Ireland
Publisher: Re.Press
ISBN: 9780980819793
Category: Philosophy
Page: 244
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Traditionally aesthetics has been associated with phenomenal experience, human apprehension and an appreciation of beauty--the domains in which human cognition is rendered finite. What is an aesthetics that might occur 'after finitude'?

Writing and the 'subject'

image-text relations in the early Russian avant-garde and contemporary Russian visual poetry
Author: Charlotte Greve
Publisher: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 344
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Postmodernist Culture

An Introduction to Theories of the Contemporary
Author: Steven Connor
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISBN: 9780631200529
Category: Philosophy
Page: 327
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This 2nd edition of Postmodernist Culture considers the work of Lyotard and Jameson and the way modern theories are impinging on more areas of culture including the law, music, dance, ecology, technology, ethnography and spatial theories.

Pathological Realities

Essays on Disease, Experiments, and History
Author: Mirko Grmek
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780823280346
Page: 224
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A collection of essays by Mirko D. Grmek, providing a portrait of his career as a historian of science and an engaged intellectual figure. Uniting some important strands of his published work, it covers deep epistemological changes in disease concepts and major advances in the life sciences and their historiography

The Postcolonial Contemporary

Political Imaginaries for the Global Present
Author: Jini Kim Watson,Gary Wilder
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780823280070
Page: 352
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This volume invokes the "postcolonial contemporary" in order to recognize and reflect upon the postcolonial character of the contemporary conjuncture, as well as to inquire into whether postcolonial criticism can adequately grasp it. Neither simply for nor against postcolonialism, the book seeks to cut across this false alternative and to think with postcolonial theory about political contemporaneity. Many of the most influential frameworks of postcolonial theory were developed from the 1970s to 1990s, during what we may now recognize as the twilight of the postwar period. If forms of capitalist imperialism are entering into new configurations of neoliberal privatization, wars-without-end, xenophobic nationalism, and unsustainable extraction, what aspects of postcolonial inquiry must be reworked or revised in order to grasp our political present? In twelve essays that draw from a number of disciplines--history, anthropology, literature, geography, indigenous studies-- and regional locations (the Black Atlantic, South Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Australia, Argentina) The Postcolonial Contemporary seeks to move beyond the habitual oppositions that have often characterized the field: universal vs. particular; Marxism vs. postcolonialism; politics vs. culture. The essays reckon with new and persisting postcolonial predicaments, doing so under four interrelated analytics: postcolonial temporality; deprovincializing the global south; beyond Marxism versus postcolonial studies; and postcolonial spatiality and new political imaginaries. From the book's powerful and substantial Introduction through its dozen compelling chapters, The Postcolonial Contemporary will be a landmark volume for reassessing a crucial critical framework for today's world. Contributors: Sadia Abbas, Anthony C. Alessandrini, Sharad Chari, Carlos A. Forment, Vinay Gidwani, Peter Hitchcock, Laurie Lambert, Stephen Muecke, Anupama Rao, Adam Spanos, Jini Kim Watson, Gary Wilder

Modernity and Postmodernity

Knowledge, Power and the Self
Author: Gerard Delanty
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446265293
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
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This accessible and comprehensive overview of the main issues on the modernity-postmodernity controversy is the first clear-sighted book on the subject. It surveys modern social theory, from Kant to Weber with economy and masterly precision. And evaluates the work of the Frankfurt School, Arendy, Strauss, Luhmann, Habermas, Heller, Castoriadis and Touraine, before moving on to consider the approaches of the leading writers on postmodenrity: Lyotard, Vattimo, Derrida, Foucault and Jameson. The result is a new way of conceptualizing the modernity-postmodernity debate, and an exciting new approach to the roots of contemporary social theory.

Monkey Trouble

The Scandal of Posthumanism
Author: Christopher Peterson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780823277797
Category: Human beings
Page: 176
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Monkey Trouble explores the turn toward immanence in contemporary posthumanism, which aims to extend hospitality to animals, plants, and even insentient things. This book argues that the displacement of anthropocentrism must cultivate a human/nonhuman relationality that affirms the immanent transcendency spawned by our phantasmatic humanness.

Derrida After the End of Writing

Political Theology and New Materialism
Author: Clayton Crockett
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780823277841
Category: Political science
Page: 183
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This book offers a new materialist interpretation of Derrida's later work, including his engagements with religion and politics. It argues that there is a shift from a context or background motor scheme of writing to what Derrida calls the machinic, and Catherine Malabou calls plasticity.

Reified Life

Speculative Capital and the Ahuman Condition
Author: J. Paul Narkunas
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780823280308
Page: 304
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Reified Life delineates how financial and neoliberal capitalism, digital and bioengineering technologies are remaking historical concepts of the human, and documents their effects on culture, human rights, language and literature.