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Alien Vectors: Accelerationism, Xenofeminism, Inhumanism

ISBN 9781032087801
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
156 Pages

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Book Description

This book works through the notion of the alien in contemporary philosophy. The authors attempt to think through politics, posthumanism, and alienation beyond and across the circuitry of thought that would otherwise enfold the alien in its regressive and parochial trappings.

The figure of the Other has held critical thought in its sway for decades, to the point that we now suffer from a surfeit of alterity. This book considers whether the figure of the alien can offer us something better. It traces the outlines, intersections, and problems of emergent vectors of thought that coalesce around a renewed relationship to alienation: left accelerationism, xenofeminism, and inhumanism. Their common thread is the embrace of alienation as a positive force, transforming our progressive exile from a series of edenic harmonies – be they economic, sociological, or biological – into an esoteric genealogy of freedom.

Appeals to alien forces can mask all too familiar prejudices, repackaging old assumptions in the language of sublime strangeness or harsh reality. This book seeks to move beyond this by looking at how the notion of the alien interacts with present problems and politics. It was originally published as a special issue of Angelaki.

Table of Contents


James Trafford and Pete Wolfendale

Introduction – Alien Vectors: accelerationism, xenofeminism, inhumanism

James Trafford and Pete Wolfendale

Part I: Politics

1. Strategy Without a Strategiser

Alex Williams

2. Platform Cosmologies: enabling resituation

Patricia Reed

3. Empire’s New Clothes: after the "peaceful violence" of neoliberal coloniality

James Trafford

Part II: Posthumanism

4. The Reformatting of Homo Sapiens

Pete Wolfendale

5. Sapience + Care: reason and responsibility in posthuman politics

Helen Hester

6. Xeno-Patterning: predictive intuition and automated imagination

Luciana Parisi

Part III: Alienation

7. Strange Sameness: hegel, marx and the logic of estrangement

Ray Brassier

8. Alienation, Freedom and the Synthetic How

Diann Bauer

9. Accelerationism’s Queer Occulture: "or, thinking according to the alien ovum of nature"

Rebekah Sheldon

10. Elegy

Dominic Fox

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James Trafford is Reader in Philosophy and Design at the University for the Creative Arts, UK. His book, The Empire at Home, will be published in January 2020.

Pete Wolfendale is an independent philosopher based in the North East of England, UK. He is the author of Object-Oriented Philosophy: The Noumenon’s New Clothes (2014).