Laruelle: Against the Digital (Posthumanities)

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Laruelle is one of the first books in English to undertake in an extended critical survey of the work of the idiosyncratic French thinker Fran\u00e7ois Laruelle, the promulgator of non-standard philosophy. Laruelle, who was born in 1937, has recently gained widespread recognition, and Alexander R. Galloway suggests that readers may benefit from colliding Laruelle\u2019s concept of the One with its binary counterpart, the Zero, to explore more fully the relationship between philosophy and the digital. In Laruelle, Galloway argues that the digital is a philosophical concept and not simply a technical one, employing a detailed analysis of Laruelle to build this case while referencing other thinkers in the French and Continental traditions, including Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze, Martin Heidegger, and Immanuel Kant. In order to explain clearly Laruelle\u2019s concepts such as the philosophical decision and the principle of sufficient philosophy, Galloway lays a broad foundation with his discussions of \u201cthe One\u201d as it has developed in continental philosophy, the standard model of philosophy, and how philosophers view \u201cthe digital.\u201dDigital machines dominate today\u2019s world, while so-called digital thinking-that is, binary thinking such as presence and absence or self and world-is often synonymous with what it means to think at all. In examining Laruelle and digitality together, Galloway shows how Laruelle remains a profoundly non-digital thinker-perhaps the only non-digital thinker today-and engages in an extensive discussion on the interconnections between media, philosophy, and technology.

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Alexander Galloway is professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University. His many books include The Interface Effect and The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (Minnesota, 2007).

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ISBN 10:  0816692130 ISBN 13:  9780816692132
Verlag: University of Minnesota Press, 2014