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

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Stanford University Press, 17 sept. 2014 - 400 pages

Friedrich Kittler (1943–2011) combined the study of literature, cinema, technology, and philosophy in a manner sufficiently novel to be recognized as a new field of academic endeavor in his native Germany. "Media studies," as Kittler conceived it, meant reflecting on how books operate as films, poetry as computer science, and music as military equipment. This volume collects writings from all stages of the author's prolific career. Exemplary essays illustrate how matters of form and inscription make heterogeneous source material (e.g., literary classics and computer design) interchangeable on the level of function—with far-reaching consequences for our understanding of the humanities and the "hard sciences." Rich in counterintuitive propositions, sly humor, and vast erudition, Kittler's work both challenges the assumptions of positivistic cultural history and exposes the over-abstraction and language games of philosophers such as Heidegger and Derrida. The twenty-three pieces gathered here document the intellectual itinerary of one of the most original thinkers in recent times—sometimes baffling, often controversial, and always stimulating.

 

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Table des matières

On the Romantic Invention of Sexuality
1
2 Nietzsche 18441900
17
3 Lullaby of Birdland
31
4 The God of the Ears
45
An Information Network at the Turn of the Century
57
A Story of Doubles
69
7 Media and Drugs in Pynchons Second World War
84
8 Heinrich von Ofterdingen as Data Feed
99
15 Protected Mode
209
16 There Is No Software
219
17 Il fiore delle truppe scelte
230
18 Eros and Aphrodite
249
19 Homer and Writing
259
On the Archeology of Writing
267
21 In the Wake of the Odyssey
275
Deseverance Heralds the Approach of the Gods
290

On Wagners Media Technology
122
10 The City Is a Medium
138
A Misuse of Military Equipment
152
12 SignaltoNoise Ratio
165
Alan Turing
178
14 Unconditional Surrender
195
An Aristotelian Observation
303
On the Singularity of Friedrich A Kittlers WorksAn Afterword by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
307
Notes
331
Credits
389
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Philosopher, cultural historian, and literary critic Friedrich Kittler had appointments at several German and American universities over the course of his academic career, concluding with his tenure as Chair of Aesthetics and Media History at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

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