New Book Release
Nov 09, 2014
In Ontological Catastrophe, Joseph Carew takes up the central question guiding Slavoj Žižek’s philosophy: How could something like phenomenal reality emerge out of the meaninglessness of the Real? Carefully reconstructing and expanding upon his controversial reactualization of German Idealism, Carew argues that Žižek offers us an original, but perhaps terrifying, response: experience is possible only if we presuppose a prior moment of breakdown as the ontogenetic basis of subjectivity.
Celebrating Open Access Week with a new book series
Oct 20, 2014
In celebration of Open Access Week, we are thrilled to announce a new open access book series, Technographies. Edited by Steven Connor, David Trotter and James Purdon, Technographies aims to encourage investigation of a wide variety of writing ‘about’ technology. Contributions are sought that will develop new, ambitious and scholarly approaches to technological mediation using the tools of literary criticism, theoretical elaboration, rhetoric, poetics, gender studies and queer theory, material culture, media archaeology, the history of science, and similar disciplines.
Announcing Minimal Ethics
Sep 21, 2014
Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene
The task of minimal ethics is to consider how humans can assume responsibility for various occurrences in the universe, across different scales, and how they can respond to the tangled mesh of connections and relations unfolding in it. Its goal is not so much to tell us how to live but rather to allow us to rethink “life” and what we can do with it, in whatever time we have left. The book embraces a speculative mode of thinking that is more akin to the artist’s method; it also includes a photographic project by the author.
25th Living Book released
Jul 04, 2014
We are pleased to announce the publication of Animal Experience, the 25th book in our open access Living Books About Life series.
Edited by Leon Niemoczynski and Stephanie Theodorou, Animal Experience explores the nature and meaning of the emotional lives of nonhuman animals, focusing on how those lives are communicated to other living creatures (such as human beings) via affective states. Through a comprehensive selection of essays and videos from both science and philosophy, the editors re-examine how human beings interact with, and relate to, other living creatures that are capable of experiencing emotional lives.
New book release
Jun 07, 2014
Stolen Future, Broken Present
Nearly everything we do is premised on the assumption that the world we know will endure into the future and provide a sustaining context for our activities. But today the future of a viable biosphere, and thus the purpose of our present activities, is put into question. A disappearing future leads to a broken present, a strange incoherence in the feel of everyday life.