General Intellects: Twenty-Five Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century

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General Intellects: Twenty-Five Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century

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A guide to the thinkers and the ideas that will shape the future

What happened to the public intellectuals that used to challenge and inform us? Who is the Sartre or De Beauvoir of the internet age? General Intellects argues that we no longer have such singular figures, but we do have general intellects whose writing could, if read together, explain our times. Covering topics such as culture, politics, work, technology, and the Anthropocene, each chapter is a concise account of an individual thinker, providing useful context and connections to the work of the others. McKenzie Wark’s distinctive readings are appreciations, but are also critical of how neoliberal universities militate against cooperative intellectual work to understand and change the world.

The thinkers included are Amy Wendling, Kojin Karatani, Paolo Virno, Yann Moulier Boutang, Maurizio Lazzarato, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Angela McRobbie, Paul Gilroy, Slavoj Žižek, Jodi Dean, Chantal Mouffe, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, Azumo Hiroki, Paul B. Préciado, Wendy Chun, Timothy Morton, Quentin Meillassoux, Isabelle Stengers, and Donna Haraway.

McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, The Beach Beneath the Street, and Molecular Red, among other books. He teaches at the New School for Social Research and the Eugene Lang College in New York City.

ISBN: 9781786631909

ISBN-10: 9781786631909

Publisher: Verso

Publication Date: 05/16/2017 - 12:00am

On Sale: 05/16/2017 - 12:00am

Pages: 336

Language: English

Categories

Philosophy / History & Surveys / Modern

Philosophy / Movements / Critical Theory

Philosophy / Political