Kostas Axelos, Introduction to a Future Way of Thought: On Marx and Heidegger, translated by Kenneth Mills, and edited and introduced by Stuart Elden.
I’ve just received hard-copies of this book. It is now available to buy in print from Amazon as well as to download open access online.
“Technologists only change the world in various ways in generalized indifference; the point is to think the world and interpret the changes in its unfathomability, to perceive and experience the difference binding being to the nothing.” Anticipating the age of planetary technology Kostas Axelos, a Greek-French philosopher, approaches the technological question in this book, first published in 1966, by connecting the thought of Karl Marx and Martin Heidegger. Marx famously declared that philosophers had only interpreted the world, but the point was to change it. Heidegger on his part stressed that our modern malaise was due to the forgetting of being, for which he thought technological questions were central. Following from his study of Marx as a thinker of technology, and foreseeing debates about globalization, Axelos recognizes that technology now determines the world. Providing an introduction to some of his major themes, including the play of the world, Axelos asks if planetary technology requires a new, a future way of thought which in itself is planetary.
Another quiet week on the blog, with not many new posts. I was in Paris most of the week, working at the Bibliothèque Nationale on Foucault’s papers. More in an update on the book soon.
Books received – mainly in recompense for review work for Palgrave. These are the last eight volumes of the RSC Shakespeare series and Sanjay Chaturvedi and Timothy Doyle’s Climate Terror: A Critical Geopolitics of Climate Change. Also another copy of Foucault’s L’archéologie du savoir which I bought in Paris – I was reading an early draft of the book and wanted to check some things.
Two posts on writing at The Sociological Imagination and An und für sich.
The first talks about writing being disconnected from the internet, and whether this works for different writers or not. It’s written by David Beer, reflecting on the process used by the novelist Iain Rankin. The second talks about the question of mood relating to finishing a project, written by Adam Kotsko. Both are well worth reading – the second fits with some of my own recent thinking having brought one project to a finish and beginning another (or two); the first was interesting as this week I was working in the Bibliothèque Nationale manuscript room, where there was no internet signal. So I sat for almost eight hours each day – the whole time it was open, except a brief lunch break – reading Foucault’s handwritten notes. Not having the internet as a distraction – or even to check things – made me focus much more intensely on what I was doing. More on the Foucault work in a subsequent post, but for now, two interesting things to read about writing.