Disappearance and Assembly

In view of the global crisis caused by Covid-19 pandemic, I have decided to release this piece written in response to the work of bio-artist Katy Connor. ‘Disapperance and Assembly’ was originally produced for an issue of NanoEthics entitled “Philosophies of (Synthetic) Biology” edited by Darian Meacham and Miguel Prado. You can explore Katy’s work […]

Alexander Wilson on Nonhuman Aesthetics and Disconnection

  Alexander Wilson’s  paper ‘What Aesthetics Tells us About Posthumans’ (WA)  provides a synopsis of a challenging account of aesthetics developed at greater length in his new book Aesthesis and Perceptronium (AP). This is nothing less than an aesthetics generalized beyond the human phenomenology cited in philosophies of aesthetic judgement. I’m currently working through AP, […]

On re-discovering the Analytic-Continental Divide

I’m currently in London following a three-day deep dive into continental philosophy at the Society of European Philosophy/Forum of European Philosophy Joint conference at Royal Holloway University in Egham (The text of my paper is available here). The quality of both panels and keynotes was extremely high, with some particularly impeccable scholarship on display. Adrian […]

Transgression as Erotic Technology

Over on Facebook my friend Chaim Mendel posted up a disarmingly good question about the relationship between desire and transgression which has been nagging me a lot recently: Why is the forbidden so erotic? what is it about transgression that is so central to the nature of desire? Transgression or perversion isn’t only an erotic […]