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Inanimation: Theories of Inorganic Life

David Wills


Inanimation is the third volume in a series of attempts to analyze the technology of the human. Following Prosthesis (1995), where our attachment to “external” objects was traced back to a necessity within the body itself, and Dorsality (2008), where technology was understood to function behind or before the human, Inanimation proceeds by taking literally the idea of inanimate or inorganic forms of life. Such an idea is presumed, for example, by our referring to a work of art that “lives on” after its author. My book takes its inspiration from Walter Benjamin, who states in his famous essay “T ... More

Keywords: inorganic life, organic life, inanimate, articulation, prosthetic, technology, lifedeath, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780816698820
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816698820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wills, author
Brown University