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Vicarious Architectonics, Strange Objects, Chance-bound: Michel Serres’s Exodus from Methodical Reason

Vera Bühlmann

in Architectural Materialisms: Nonhuman Creativity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474420570
eISBN:
9781474453905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420570.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Vera Bühlmann in this chapter inhabits Serres’s position on philosophy for architecture, suggesting that chance and necessity are not in conflict as necessity originates in chance and chance ... More


Michel Serres: Universal Humanism

Christopher Watkin

in French Philosophy Today: New Figures of the Human in Badiou, Meillassoux, Malabou, Serres and Latour

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474414739
eISBN:
9781474422338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414739.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Michel Serres seeks to elaborate an account of the human that accommodates both determinate qualities (like Badiou and Meillassoux) and de-differentiation (like Malabou). His aim is to marry ... More


Communication and Information: Noise and Form in Michel Serres and Niklas Luhmann

Bruce Clarke

in Neocybernetics and Narrative

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691005
eISBN:
9781452949406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691005.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter addresses the differences between information theory and autopoietic theory since neither of these discursive traditions can be reduced to the other, nor be merged as one. The term noise ... More


Mind the Gap: The Challenge of Matter

Brian Treanor

in Carnal Hermeneutics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823265886
eISBN:
9780823266951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter urges hermeneutics to take a Ricoeurian “detour” to engage the hard sciences, realism, and materialism. Such a detour is of particular importance and significance in the treatment of ... More


Performing Economic Thought

Bradley D. Ryner

in Performing Economic Thought: English Drama and Mercantile Writing 1600-1642

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684656
eISBN:
9780748697113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684656.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This introductory chapter presents an approach for analysing mercantile treatises and early English drama based on the work of Michel Serres and Bruno Latour. It compares this approach to new ... More


Introduction The Fundamental Debate: Michel Serres the Ecocritic vs. Luc Ferry the Ecoskeptic

Jonathan F. Krell

in Ecocritics and Ecoskeptics: A Humanist Reading of Recent French Ecofiction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789622058
eISBN:
9781800341319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789622058.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The current ecological debate in France may be summarized by the contrast between philosophers Michel Serres and Luc Ferry. Serres condemns the war on nature that modern humans, desiring in the ... More


Conclusion: Being Archaic

Howard Marchitello

in The Machine in the Text: Science and Literature in the Age of Shakespeare and Galileo

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199608058
eISBN:
9780191729492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608058.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare Studies

It has been the central concern of this book to interrogate the traditional but deeply problematical separation of the practices of science from the rest of culture. While the works examined are both ... More


Of Actants, Forces, and Things

Henning Schmidgen

in Bruno Latour in Pieces: An Intellectual Biography

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263691
eISBN:
9780823266555
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263691.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter aims at clarifying some fundamental concepts of Bruno Latour’s philosophical sociology. It shows that the concept of “actor,” or “actant,” was derived from the semiology of Algirdas ... More


Discourse Ex Nihilo: Epicurus and Lucretius in Sixteenth-Century England

Adam Rzepka

in Dynamic Reading: Studies in the Reception of Epicureanism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199794959
eISBN:
9780199949694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794959.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy, European History: BCE to 500CE

Exploring the limitations of current scholarly discourse on the presence of Lucretius in literature of Elizabethan England, Adam Rzepka, in his paper “Discourse ex nihilo: Epicurus and Lucretius in ... More


Introduction: Science Studies and Early Modern Literature and Culture

Howard Marchitello

in The Machine in the Text: Science and Literature in the Age of Shakespeare and Galileo

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199608058
eISBN:
9780191729492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608058.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare Studies

The Introduction offers an overview of the history of science as it impacts on the study of early modern literature and culture. This history has two general phases. The first begins in the 1930s and ... More


Cacography or Communication?: Cultural Techniques of Sign-Signal Distinction

Bernhard Siegert

in Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823263752
eISBN:
9780823268962
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263752.003.0002
Subject:
Information Science, Communications

Drawing on Serres’ concept of the parasite and its point of departure in the history of linguistics and mathematical theory of communication, the chapter develops a concept of Cultural Techniques as ... More


“Never Again Would Birds’ Song Be the Same”

Cary Wolfe

in Ecological Poetics; or, Wallace Stevens's Birds

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226687834
eISBN:
9780226688022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226688022.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Many of Stevens’s most important poems feature birds, and specifically the phenomenon of the poet hearing birds’ songs. The bird/bard tradition is, of course, a long one in the poetic canon. Both ... More


Signal to Noise: An Ontology of Sound art

Christoph Cox

in Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Metaphysics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226543031
eISBN:
9780226543208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226543208.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter develops an ontology of sound and argues that sound art plays a crucial role in manifesting this ontology. Drawing from G.W. Leibniz, Michel Serres, and Gilles Deleuze, and examining ... More


Enemies, Parasites, and Noise

Paul Kockelman

in The Art of Interpretation in the Age of Computation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190636531
eISBN:
9780190636562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190636531.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter begins by outlining some common properties of channels, infrastructure, and institutions. It connects and critiques the assumptions and interventions of three influential intellectual ... More


Little Manila: The Other Central of Hong Kong

Daisy Tam

in Messy Urbanism: Understanding the "Other" Cities of Asia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9789888208333
eISBN:
9789888313471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208333.003.0007
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

The Central district in Hong Kong is a scene of wealth and prosperity, a glamorous picture of the vivacious city and those who live within it. Against this overwhelming cityscape, a striking ... More


Expeausition: Ondaatje’s Skin-Effects

Sarah Jackson

in Tactile Poetics: Touch and Contemporary Writing

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780748685318
eISBN:
9781474412360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685318.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Developing Didier Anzieu's account of the skin as a palimpsest that preserves traces of experience inscribed on its surface, this chapter reads the ‘palimpsestuous’ quality of Michael Ondaatje's ... More


Nonmodern Metamorphosis

Bruce Clarke

in Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823228508
eISBN:
9780823240999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823228508.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The theory of evolution marks a recent moment in the long history of narratives of bodily metamorphosis, a modern moment when scientific discourse presented new and persuasive explanations for ... More


Rivers Stopped or Flowing Backward

Vincent Barletta

in Rhythm: Form and Dispossession

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226685731
eISBN:
9780226685908
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226685908.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

It is well known that the modern concept of rhythm has its origins in Presocratic Greek thought, but how exactly did Greek philosophers and poets before Plato understand this term? This chapter ... More


Notes from the Underground: Microwaves, Backbones, Party Lines and the Post Office Tower

John W. P. Phillips

in Cold War Legacies: Systems, Theory, Aesthetics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474409483
eISBN:
9781474426954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409483.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter links the essential parasitism of cold war systems to some general trends of 20th century telecommunications (economically motivated service-oriented multi-media). Certain (existential) ... More


: James Turrell, Works with Light: Seeing the Light that does not Illuminate

Jeffrey L. Kosky

in Arts of Wonder: Enchanting Secularity - Walter De Maria, Diller + Scofidio, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226451060
eISBN:
9780226451084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226451084.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter asks what happens when we see the light that must withdraw and be invisible to make the clearing clear. As Michel Serres points out, the world of solid and stable objects requires well ... More


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