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For too long, the Earth has been used to ground thought instead of bending it; such grounding leaves the planet as nothing but a stage for phenomenology, deconstruction, or other forms of anthropocentric philosophy. In far too much continental philosophy, the Earth is a cold, dead place enlivened only by human thought—either as a thing to be exploited, or as an object of nostalgia. Geophilosophy seeks instead to question the ground of thinking itself, the relation of the inorganic to the capacities and limits of thought. This book constructs an eclectic variant of geophilosophy through engagements with digging machines, nuclear waste, cyclones and volcanoes, giant worms, secret vessels, decay, subterranean cities, hell, demon souls, black suns, and xenoarcheaology, via continental theory (Nietzsche, Schelling, Deleuze, et alia) and various cultural objects such as horror films, videogames, and weird Lovecraftian fictions, with special attention to Speculative Realism and the work of Reza Negarestani. In a time where the earth as a whole is threatened by ecological collapse, On an Ungrounded Earth generates a perversely realist account of the earth as a dynamic engine materially invading and upsetting our attempts to reduce it to merely the ground beneath our feet.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgments/Contributors
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Introduction: Dear Material Collective
  2. Maggie M. Williams, Karen Eileen Overbey
  3. pp. i-iv
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  1. Reflections on the Surface, or, Notes for a Tantric Art History
  2. Karen Eileen Overbey
  3. pp. 1-15
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  1. Encountering The Inauthentic
  2. Jennifer Borland
  3. pp. 17-38
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  1. Touched for the Very First Time: Losing My Manuscript Virginity
  2. Angela R. Bennett Segler
  3. pp. 39-55
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  1. Close Encounters with Luminous Objects: Reflections on Studying Stained Glass
  2. Nancy M. Thompson
  3. pp. 57-67
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780615790374
MARC Record
OCLC
1175273411
Pages
88
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-22
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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