Pamphlets

PublisherUrbanomic1987
In this introduction to Albert Lautman’s mathematical philosophy, Jean Petitot reaffirms the importance of a neglected thinker, and outlines Lautman’s extraordinary rearticulation of platonism, realism, dialectics, and the history and phenomenology of mathematical creativity.

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PublisherUrbanomic2016
In this review-essay, Giuseppe Longo outlines some important reasons for reading Sergio Chibbaro, Lamberto Rondoni, and Angelo Vulpiani’s Reductionism, Emergence and Levels of Reality: The Importance of Being Borderline, and reflects on the damage done by reductionist models of, and in, science

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PublisherUrbanomic2016
In this text written for the 2016 UNdocumenta film festival in Gwangju, Anne-Françoise Schmid investigates the relation between film and philosophy, and presents a series of mini film-scripts to explore the method of ‘without’. Accompanied by images from Benoît Maire’s series Cloud Painting

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PublisherUrbanomic2014
In an epic trawl through the heroic narratives of Hollywood action movies, TV crime drama, and their maverick protagonists, from The Maltese Falcon to Dexter via 24, Amanda Beech explores the depiction of law, violence, and the politics of contingency, and asks what the resolute actions of these heroes have to tell us about conceptions of the political force of culture

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PublisherUrbanomic2016
In a discussion of the epistemological questions that are central to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, Milan Cirkovic insists that philosophical thinking is an indispensable part of astrobiology and SETI research.

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PublisherUrbanomic2016
In his response to Alain Badiou’s analysis of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Nick Land detects a residue of ‘Frenchness’ in Badiou’s universalism, reconfigures the battlefield of the future, and plays devil’s advocate for globalised capitalism.

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PublisherUrbanomic2016
In his response to Badiou’s analysis of globalisation, subjectivity, and terror, Mark Fisher calls for a new politics to counter both the decadence of capitalist realism and the nihilistic appeal of ISIS

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PublisherUrbanomic2015
In this edited extract from her new book The Autobiography of Video: The Life and Times of a Memory Technology, Ina Blom examines the memory and history of early analog video, and investigates how the medium, heralding new forms of technological and social life, prehended the forms and forces of painting.

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PublisherUrbanomic2017
On February 12, 2017, following Mark Fisher’s untimely death, at a memorial service at Goldsmiths University of London speakers paid tribute to Mark’s life, and confronted the loss of an irreplaceable, galvanizing cultural figure.

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PublisherUrbanomic2017
Gazing into the occult nightmare of Leviathan, Vincent Garton calls for an unconditional retheorisation that moves beyond both the restoration of the state and its neocameralist multiplication

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PublisherUrbanomic2017
Badiou examines the relation between the Communist Hypothesis and the question of immigration and the ‘foreigner’, and suggests that, in order to pursue the consequences of the declaration that we share the same world, we must value identity-in-becoming over identity-as-defence.

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PublisherUrbanomic2017
Following Trump’s victory, on the eve of the final vote in France, and with a snap election on the way for the UK, Badiou answers critics who have attacked his radical rejection of the democratic vote.

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PublisherUrbanomic2017
An excerpt from the third Report from the Gutenberg Galaxy (Blaker), this essay forms part one of a diptych in which Matthew Fuller develops the idea of the book as diagram, and tries to imagine what new forms of readers might be bred in a book culture transfigured by computational forms

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PublisherUrbanomic2017
By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, true believers! Tristan Garcia dons his cloak of levitation and enters the dazzling world of Master of the Mystic Arts to tell the strangest tale of all, as Steve Ditko’s greatest creation confronts the outer limits of the comic form itself.

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PublisherUrbanomic2018
Kolmogorov’s axioms present an abstract conceptual formalisation of probability that runs counter to our intuitive image of randomness and its concrete instances. But are the relations between concept and intuition, concrete and abstract, so straightforward? And does the revolutionary historical sequence leading from set theory and measure theory to abstract probability occlude a deeper, conceptual order of priority? Elie Ayache takes the true measure of this revolution in our understanding of randomness and probability, and its as yet unthought ramifications.

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PublisherUrbanomic2018
Drawing on his book Alternate Histories and Nineteenth-Century Literature, Ben Carver examines the figures and functions of evolution, isolation, and entanglement in the imaginary Utopias and Uchronias of speculative fiction, and plots some unsuspected paths between early counterfactual histories and the dark underworlds of contemporary conspiracy theory

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PublisherUrbanomic2018
In this extended and enhanced edit of the online Ballardian Breakfast Briefing/Midnight Séance, Simon Sellars, author of Applied Ballardianism, and Urbanomic director Robin Mackay chat about JG Ballard, unreality, writing, synchronicity, theory-fiction and K-Pulp, UFOs, micronations, and being an outsider.

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PublisherUrbanomic2018
Reza Negarestani expands upon the major themes of his new book Intelligence and Spirit in this edited and expanded version of his conversation with Robin Mackay at the launch of the book in New York in November 2018. ——— Robin Mackay: Before I invite Reza to discuss some of the themes and ambitions of Intelligence and Spirit, I’d like to give a short, somewhat personal introduction to the book by relaying my impressions of Intelligence and Spirit as an editor and as a reader. To first give a very broad outline, Intelligence and Spirit is a painstaking interrogation of the notions of intelligence ...

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PublisherPrinted Matter2008
Since 1991, Dyke Action Machine! and now DAM Inc. has been an industry leader in lesbian messaging, a specialized form of media critique that we virtually invented. We provide all-in-one edutainment systems that satisfy the needs of both lesbians and straights alike. While our 2008 sales were nearly nonexistent, our influence has been viral. The firm is headquartered in New York City and employs two people worldwide. DAM Inc.’s Strategic Operating Areas are: Female Defense; Precision Engagement; Intelligence/Surveillance/ Reconnaissance and Lesbian Branding.

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PublisherLes U. Knight1994
On the other end of the spectrum from life extension, consider the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. Rather than desperately clinging to the hope of resurrection or extension like the Alcorians, their goal is to let humankind die out naturally, with the hope of restoring the earth to a healthier state. They take an oath not to reproduce; Their PDF newsletters “These Exit Times” outline their philosophy, “May we live long and die out.” Comics, charts, and earnest testimonials urge readers to get vasectomies — the Shakers did it better with wood-lathing. This entry is included in Library Stack as part of ...

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What does it mean to personalize method? This essay by Endre Dányi is both a sociologist’s historical study of the Hungarian Parliament building in the context of European democracy in crisis, and a means of activating the author’s own subjectivity. By walking us to archives, through memories, and inside buildings, Dányi’s mobile narratives help us cast history anew.

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We have our own concept of Time and Motion comes from a growing network of artists who have formed around Auto Italia and its programme and, although a long time coming, is a logical conclusion of artists finding affinity with each others projects, ideas and aspirations. This publication (produced in two parts) outlines a live programme which will see Auto Italia become a base for the production of new work and ideas, pushing artists to the forefront of collaborations with other fields. Produced by Auto Italia in collaboration with Federico Campagna, Huw Lemmey, Michael Oswell and Charlie Woolley this project showcases ...

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PublisherPublic Science2015
White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, ...

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