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#Accelerate

The Accelerationist Reader

by Robin Mackay Editor · Armen Avanessian Editor

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An apparently contradictory yet radically urgent collection of texts tracing the genealogy of a controversial current in contemporary philosophy.

Accelerationism is the name of a contemporary political heresy: the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest, disrupt, critique, or détourne it, but to accelerate and exacerbate its uprooting, alienating, decoding, abstractive tendencies.

#Accelerate presents a genealogy of accelerationism, tracking the impulse through 90s UK darkside cyberculture and the theory-fictions of Nick Land, Sadie Plant, Iain Grant, and CCRU, across the cultural underground of the 80s (rave, acid house, SF cinema) and back to its sources in delirious post-68 ferment, in texts whose searing nihilistic jouissance would later be disavowed by their authors and the marxist and academic establishment alike.

On either side of this central sequence, the book includes texts by Marx that call attention to his own "Prometheanism," and key works from recent years document the recent extraordinary emergence of new accelerationisms steeled against the onslaughts of neoliberal capitalist realism, and retooled for the twenty-first century.

At the forefront of the energetic contemporary debate around this disputed, problematic term, #Accelerate activates a historical conversation about futurality, technology, politics, enjoyment, and capital. This is a legacy shot through with contradictions, yet urgently galvanized today by the poverty of "reasonable" contemporary political alternatives.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Urbanomic
Publication Date:
2018

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Karl Marx (Contributor)

Antonio Negri is a philosopher, essay writer, and teacher. A political and social activist in the 1960s and 1970s in Italy, he has taught political science for many years and has written numerous books on political philosophy, including Marx beyon...

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Samuel Butler (Contributor)

Luciana Parisi is a Senior Lecturer and runs the MA program in Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice at the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London.

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Robin Mackay (Author of introduction, etc.)

Robin Mackay is a philosopher and director of the UK arts organization Urbanomic and is Associate Researcher at Goldsmiths University of London.

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Robin Mackay (Editor)

Robin Mackay is a philosopher and director of the UK arts organization Urbanomic and is Associate Researcher at Goldsmiths University of London.

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Armen Avanessian (Author of introduction, etc.)

Robin Mackay is a philosopher and director of the UK arts organization Urbanomic and is Associate Researcher at Goldsmiths University of London.

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Armen Avanessian (Editor)

Robin Mackay is a philosopher and director of the UK arts organization Urbanomic and is Associate Researcher at Goldsmiths University of London.

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Nicolai Federov (Contributor)

Reza Negarestani is an Iranian philosopher best known for pioneering the genre of 'theory-fiction' with his book Cyclonopedia. (Urbanomic/Sequence Press).

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Creators

Contributor :
Antonio Negri
Contributor :
Shulamith Firestone
Contributor :
Karl Marx
Contributor :
Thorstein Veblen
Contributor :
J. G. Ballard
Contributor :
Luciana Parisi
Contributor :
Alex Williams
Contributor :
Gilles Lipovetsky
Contributor :
Patricia Reed
Contributor :
Jean-François Lyotard
Contributor :
Sadie Plant
Contributor :
Mark Fisher
Contributor :
Samuel Butler
Contributor :
Gilles Deleuze
Contributor :
Félix Guattari
Contributor :
Ray Brassier
Contributor :
Nick Srnicek
Author of introduction, etc. :
Robin Mackay
Editor :
Robin Mackay
Author of introduction, etc. :
Armen Avanessian
Editor :
Armen Avanessian
Contributor :
Tiziana Terranova
Contributor :
Nick Land
Contributor :
Nicolai Federov
Contributor :
Jacques Camatte
Contributor :
Ian Hamilton Grant
Contributor :
CCRU
Contributor :
CCRU
Contributor :
Reza Negarestani
Contributor :
Benedict Singleton
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