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Vampyroteuthis Infernalis: A Treatise, with a Report by the Institut Scientifique de Recherche Paranaturaliste (PostHumanities)

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How far apart are humans from animals—even the “vampire squid from hell”? Playing the scientist/philosopher/provocateur, Vilém Flusser uses this question as a springboard to dive into a literal and a philosophical ocean. “The abyss that separates us” from the vampire squid (or vampire octopus, perhaps, since Vampyroteuthis infernalis inhabits its own phylogenetic order somewhere between the two) “is incomparably smaller than that which separates us from extraterrestrial life, as imagined in science fiction and sought by astrobiologists,” Flusser notes at the outset of the expedition.

Part scientific treatise, part spoof, part philosophical discourse, part fable, Vampyroteuthis Infernalis gives its author ample room to ruminate on human—and nonhuman—life. Considering the human condition along with the vampire squid/octopus condition seems appropriate because “we are both products of an absurd coincidence . . . we are poorly programmed beings full of defects,” Flusser writes. Among other things, “we are both banished from much of life’s domain: it into the abyss, we onto the surfaces of the continents. We have both lost our original home, the beach, and we both live in constrained conditions.”

Thinking afresh about the life of an “other”—as different from ourselves as the vampire squid/octopus—complicates the linkages between animality and embodiment. Odd, and strangely compelling, Vampyroteuthis Infernalis offers up a unique posthumanist philosophical understanding of phenomenology and opens the way for a non-philosophy of life.

About the Author

Vilém Flusser (1920–1991) was born in Prague; emigrated to Brazil, where he taught philosophy and wrote a daily newspaper column; and later moved to France. Among his many books that have been translated into English are Does Writing Have a Future?, Into the Universe of Technical Images, and Writings, all from Minnesota.

Louis Bec is an artist who lives and works in Sorgues, France. He is the founder of the Institut Scientifique de Recherche Paranaturaliste. 

Table of Contents

Contents

The Treatise

I. Octopoda

II. Genealogy

The Phylum Mollusca

The Class Cephalopoda

The Species Vampyroteuthis infernalis giovanni

III. The Vampyroteuthic World

Its Model

The Abyss

Vampyroteuthic Dasein

IV. Vampyroteuthic Culture

Its Thinking

Its Social Life

Its Art

V. Its Emergence

Report by the Institut Scientifique de Recherche Paranaturaliste

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816678228
Author:
Flusser, Vilem
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Author:
PAKIS, VALENTINE A.
Author:
Bec, Louis
Author:
Flusser, Vilaem
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Posthumanities
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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