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This theoretically omnivorous work draws on disciplines as diverse as deconstruction, psychoanalysis, Marxism, media studies, object-oriented ontology, the new materialist feminisms, actor-network theory, biology, and sociology. Through its fresh attention to nonhumans and material being, it also provides a framework for integrating the most valuable findings of critical theory and social constructivism.
Levi R. Bryant is Professor of Philosophy at Collin College outside of Dallas, Texas. He is the author of Difference and Givenness: Deleuze's Transcendental Empiricism and the Ontology of Immanence (Northwestern University Press, 2008), The Democracy of Objects (Open Humanities Press, 2011), and co-edited The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism (Re.Press, 2011). He has written widely on Lacan, Deleuze, Badiou, Zizek, speculative realism, and object-oriented ontology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: For a Renewal of Materialism
Part I: Machines
1. Towards a Posthuman Media Ecology
1.1. Common Prejudices About Machines
1.2. Varieties of Machines
1.3. Posthuman Media Ecology
2. What is a Machine?
2.1. Machines Operate
2.2. Machines are Split Between Their Powers and Products
2.3. Machines are Binary Machines: Trans-Corporeality
3. Alien Phenomenology
3.1. Machines are Structurally Open and Operationally Closed
3.2. Alien Phenomenology, Second-Order Observation, and Post-Vitalist Ethology
4. Machinic Assemblages and Entropy
4.1. Machinic Assemblages
4.2. Assemblages and Individuals
4.3. Extended Minds and Bodies
Part II: Worlds
5. The Structure of Worlds
5.1. Ecologies of Worlds
5.2. Content and Expression
6. Topologies of Time and Space
7.1. The Gravity of Things
7.2. Gravitational Relations Between Machines: The Objects
7.3. Subjects, Quasi-Objects, and Catalysis
7.4. Happenings and Events
8. Earth, Maps, and Practices
8.1. Geophilosophy: A Revised Concept of Nature
8.2. The Three Dimensions of Geophilosophy: Cartography, Deconstruction, and Terraformation