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Mechanology: Machine Typologies and the Birth of Philosophy of Technology in France (1932-1958)

My article on mechanology was just published in the latest issue of Systema. It’s a short article and focuses on a movement in the history of philosophy that was in many ways a failed project and a missed opportunity to create a new field for the philosophical study and science of machines. I address the […]

Latour on Simondon: An Inquiry into Modes of Existence

Bruno Latour’s new book is An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (Harvard, 2013). It is a massive text at over 500 pages and is supposed to be a kind of sequel to one of his most well-known (and shorter) books, We have Never Been Modern (Harvard, 1991). It is divided into 3 parts and 16 […]

Translation – “Is not all creation a transgression?” – Gilbert Simondon Interview (1983) “Save the Technical Object”

SAVE THE TECHNICAL OBJECT Interview with Gilbert Simondon Translated by Andrew Iliadis The following is an English translation of a 1983 interview that Simondon gave to the French magazine Esprit (Esprit 76:147-52. 04/1983). [Simondon makes references to a variety of individuals here, including Ducrocq, Maxwell, DuMont, Illich, Stephenson, and Faraday. Albert Ducrocq was a French […]

What is Information Artifact Ontology?

What is Information Artifact Ontology? There are two fields I’d like to talk about here. Both contribute to the field of Information Artifact Ontology (IAO), which I consider a sub-field of Philosophy of Information (PI). IAO is concerned with the informational genesis of technological objects. The first, and in many ways more traditional field, comes […]

Video – Graham Harman @ Purdue Jan.14.2013

Here is the video of Graham Harman’s talk at Purdue this Monday (Jan.14.2013).