Two New Books!
FRENCH THEORY TODAY An Introduction to Possible Futures
Five essays by Alexander R. Galloway, with special responses and
contributions from Nicola Masciandaro, Eugene Thacker, Dominic Pettman,
Jackson Moore, Stephen Squibb, Prudence Whittlesey, Taeyoon Choi, and
David Horvitz. Edited by Sarah Resnick, and designed by Kamomi Solidum
and Anne Callahan.
The Public School New York, 2010
This set of five pamphlets documents a seminar
at the Public
School New York, a self-organizing educational program where
class ideas are generated by the public. "French Theory Today"
explores the work of a new generation of French voices—Catherine
Malabou, Bernard Stiegler, Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Quentin
Meillassoux, and François Laruelle—whose writing has,
to varying degrees, only recently emerged in the
English-speaking world. Each night the seminar consisted of a
lecture followed by questions from and discussion with class
participants. As Galloway suggests in the online class proposal,
the goal was "not to set in aspic a new canon for French
philosophy, but to proceed inductively, tracing some recent
experiments and possible futures."
Pamphlet 1 | Catherine Malabou, or The Commerce in Being
Pamphlet 2 | Bernard Stiegler, or Our Thoughts are With Control
Pamphlet 3 | Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, or Unworkability
Pamphlet 4 | Quentin Meillassoux, or The Great Outdoors
Pamphlet 5 | François Laruelle, or The Secret
PROTOCOL How Control Exists After Decentralization
MIT Press, 2004
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"An engaging methodological hybrid of the Frankfurt School and UNIX
for Dummies... Galloway brings the uncool question of morality back
into critical thinking" (more)
Ed Halter in The Village
"Expressing some startling new lines of thought with refreshingly straightforward clarity, Galloway reminds all of us why thinking about networks and their protocols is so relevant to our time. From FTP to fluxus or Deleuze to DNS, these are the connections that need to be made between the models competing to be our reality."
Douglas Rushkoff, author of Media Virus, Coercion, and Nothing Sacred