By Eugene Thacker
Life is considered one of our most elementary suggestions, and but while tested without delay it proves remarkably contradictory and elusive, encompassing either the broadest and the main particular phenomena. we will be able to see this uncertainty approximately existence in our behavior of imminent it as whatever instantaneously medical and mystical, within the go back of vitalisms of every kind, and within the pervasive politicization of lifestyles. briefly, lifestyles turns out in every single place at stake and but is nowhere the same.
In After Life, Eugene Thacker clears the floor for a brand new philosophy of lifestyles by means of improving the twists and turns in its philosophical historical past. starting with Aristotle’s originary formula of a philosophy of existence, Thacker examines the impact of Aristotle’s rules in medieval and early sleek idea, major him to the paintings of Immanuel Kant, who notes the inherently contradictory nature of “life in itself.” alongside the way in which, Thacker exhibits how early smooth philosophy’s engagement with the matter of existence impacts thinkers akin to Gilles Deleuze, Georges Bataille, and Alain Badiou, in addition to modern advancements within the “speculative flip” in philosophy.
At a time whilst lifestyles is classified, measured, and exploited in various methods, After Life invitations us to delve deeper into the contours and contradictions of the age-old query, “what is life?”
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