The Map and the Territory

FORTHCOMING Fall 2020

“I didn’t even know that was a question I could ask.” That remark from a student in an introductory philosophy course points to the primary body of knowledge philosophy produces: a detailed record of what we do not know. When we come to view a philosophical question as well-formed and worthwhile, it is a way[…]

Dire Pessimism

FORTHCOMING Fall 2020

Dire Pessimism conceives of pessimism within a modern political/historical context. Indeed, its thesis is that the experience of pessimism has replaced the experience of lived history, which is historically necessary at this time but ought not coagulate into dogma. In between, Wall looks at a range of ways in which pessimism influences morality, theory, philosophy,[…]

Skirmishes: With Friends, Enemies, and Neutrals

FORTHCOMING Spring 2020

In 2002, Graham Harman made his philosophical debut with Tool-Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects. This book established Harman as a leading advocate of realism and a spirited proponent of a speculative style of philosophy long foreclosed by the biases of mainstream continental thought. Nearly two decades later, his ideas have spread throughout the[…]

Diseases of the Head

FORTHCOMING Winter 2020

Diseases of the Head is an anthology of essays from contemporary philosophers, artists, and writers working at the crossroads of speculative philosophy and speculative horror. At once a compendium of multivocal endeavors, a breviary of supposedly illicit ponderings, and a travelogue of philosophical exploration, this collection centers itself on the place at which philosophy and[…]

The Viscous: Slime, Stickiness, Fondling, Mixtures

FORTHCOMING Spring 2020

Slime, goo, gunge, gloop, gels, sols, globules, jellies, emulsions, greases, soaps, syrups, glues, lubricants, liquid crystals, moulds, plasmas, and protoplasms – the viscous is not one thing, but rather a quality of resistance and flow, of stickiness and slipperiness. It is a state of matter that oozes into the gaps of our everyday existence, across[…]

Misinterest: Essays, Pensées, and Dreams

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Published: 06/27/2019

The term “interest” lacks a precise antonym. In English, we have “disinterested” and “uninteresting,” but we want for a term that denotes robust opposition to interest. The same appears to hold true in every other language (as far as we know). Interest’s missing antonym reflects not merely a widespread lexical oversight, but a misrecognition of[…]