Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

Bernard Stiegler

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pp. vii-xiv

This book by Yuk Hui is an exceptional work in many ways, foremost thanks to the scope of the author’s questions and the resources he manages to incorporate into his thinking, which he does with unusual rigor and an invaluable openness of mind and spirit. Ouverture d’esprit should in this case be taken literally: ...

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Introduction: Outline of an Investigation on Digital Objects

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pp. 1-44

Humans have always lived in a hybrid environment surrounded by artificial and natural objects. The artificial and the natural are not two separate realms, nor are artificial objects simply instruments with which to conquer the natural; instead, they constitute a dynamic system that conditions human experience and existence. ...

Part I. Objects

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pp. 45-46

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1. The Genesis of Digital Objects

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pp. 47-74

We are currently living in a digital milieu; we Facebook, we blog, we Flickr, we YouTube, and we Vimeo. Nouns and brands have become verbs, even forms of life. The speed of technological innovation, the ubiquity of the latest and greatest versions of electronic devices, the promise of an emancipative technology or media, financial investment based on the digitization of human relations, and so on— ...

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2. Digital Objects and Ontologies

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pp. 75-106

In the previous chapter, we introduced the subject of this book—digital objects—and analyzed its technical lineage in terms of markup languages. But the investigation cannot end here, because what we have discussed is only a partial interpretation of Simondon’s understanding of technical evolution. ...

Part II. Relations

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pp. 107-108

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3. The Space of Networks

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pp. 109-150

In chapter 1 of this book, I discussed the concept of digital objects as a way of formulating a technical lineage from GSML to the semantic web by following Simondon’s concept of individualization, and in chapter 2 I traced the origins of objects in the theories of Cantwell Smith, Husserl, and Heidegger to understand the complexity within the concept itself. ...

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4. The Time of Technical Systems

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pp. 151-186

By the end of the previous chapter, we wanted to reunite the difference between two orders of magnitude through considering them in a state of constant materialization—passing from relations to milieux and thence to systems. We now want to seek how the gap between atomic composition and phenomenal appearance can be further bridged, as opposed to their continuing to be understood as two separable realities. ...

Part III. Logics

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pp. 187-188

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5. Logic and Object

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pp. 189-220

In the first two parts, we studied the concept of relations, which allows us to move away from the conception of objects as representations as well as allowing us to proceed from objects to systems. At the end of chapter 4, we left a question to be answered in Part III: the question of convergence as a philosophical task proposed by both Heidegger and Simondon. ...

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6. Logic and Time

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pp. 221-252

In chapter 5, we approached the question of convergence from the starting point of Husserl’s intentional logic and formal logic (considered as two orders) in our search for a transductive logic. In this chapter, I want to move from the digital object to its milieu by showing that digital objects partially constitute what I call tertiary protection. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 253-254

This book is an exercise and an experiment that have taken almost ten years of time, across three periods of study and research in London, Paris, Berlin, and Lüneburg. This work is indebted to many thoughts and people I came across during these years in Europe after leaving Hong Kong in 2006. ...

Notes

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pp. 255-278

Bibliography

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pp. 279-294

Index

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pp. 295-314

Series info

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About the Author

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