The Truth of the Technological World: Essays on the Genealogy of Presence

The Truth of the Technological World: Essays on the Genealogy of Presence


Friedrich Kittler (1943–2011) mixed the research of literature, cinema, expertise, and philosophy in a way sufficiently novel to be famous as a brand new box of educational pastime in his local Germany. "Media studies," as Kittler conceived it, intended reflecting on how books function as motion pictures, poetry as laptop technological know-how, and track as army apparatus. This quantity collects writings from all phases of the author's prolific occupation. Exemplary essays illustrate how concerns of shape and inscription make heterogeneous resource fabric (e.g., literary classics and computing device layout) interchangeable at the point of function—with far-reaching results for our knowing of the arts and the "hard sciences." wealthy in counterintuitive propositions, sly humor, and substantial erudition, Kittler's paintings either demanding situations the assumptions of positivistic cultural historical past and exposes the over-abstraction and language video games of philosophers similar to Heidegger and Derrida. The twenty-three items amassed right here rfile the highbrow itinerary of 1 of the main unique thinkers in fresh times—sometimes baffling, usually debatable, and continually stimulating.

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