Speed and politics : an essay on dromology / Paul Virilio ; translated by Mark Polizzotti.

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Series: Semiotext(e) foreign agents series: Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Semiotext(e), [2006]Description: 174 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781584350408; 1584350407.Other title: Original title: Vitesse et politique.Subject(s): Revolutions -- HistoryLooking glass | Social changeLooking glass | SpeedLooking glassNote: Originally published in French as: Vitesse et politique. - Paris : Édition Galilée, c1977.Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-174). Language: Translated from the French.
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With this book Paul Virilio inaugurated the new science whose object of study is the "dromocratic" revolution. Speed and Politics (first published in France in 1977) is the matrix of Virilio's entire work. Building on the works of Morand, Marinetti, and McLuhan, Virilio presents a vision more radically political than that of any of his French contemporaries- speed as the engine of destruction. Speed and Politics presents a topological account of the entire history of humanity, honing in on the technological advances made possible through the militarization of society. Paralleling Heidegger's account of technology, Virilio's vision sees speed-not class or wealth-as the primary force shaping civilization. In this "technical vitalism," multiple projectiles-inert fortresses and bunkers, the "metabolic bodies" of soldiers, transport vessels, and now information and computer technology-are launched in a permanent assault on the world and on human nature. Written at a lightning-fast pace, Virilio's landmark book is a split-second, overwhelming look at how humanity's motivity has shaped the way we function today, and what might come of it.

Originally published in French as: Vitesse et politique. - Paris : Édition Galilée, c1977.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-174).

Translated from the French.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction: Logistics of Habitable Circulation (p. 7)
  • Part 1 The Dromocratic Revolution (p. 27)
  • 1 From Street Fight to State Right (p. 29)
  • 2 From Highway Right to State Right (p. 49)
  • Part 2 Dromological Progress (p. 59)
  • 1 From Space Right to State Right (p. 61)
  • 2 Practical War (p. 73)
  • Part 3 Dromocrat1c Society (p. 81)
  • 1 Unable Bodies (p. 83)
  • 2 The Boarding of Metabolic Vehicles (p. 96)
  • 3 The End of the Proletariat (p. 115)
  • 4 The Consumption of Security (p. 136)
  • Part 4 The State of Emergency (p. 147)
  • Notes (p. 169)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Paul Virilio was born in 1932 and has published a wide range of books, essays, and interviews grappling with the question of speed and technology, including Speed and Politics , The Aesthetics of Disappearance , and The Accident of Art, all published by Semiotext(e).

Benjamin H. Bratton is a theorist whose work spans philosophy, computer science, and design. He is Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also Visiting Professor of Critical Studies at SCI-Arc (the Southern California Institute of Architecture) and Professor of Digital Design at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Mark Polizzotti has translated more than fifty books, including works by Patrick Modiano, Gustave Flaubert, Raymond Roussel, Marguerite Duras, and Paul Virilio. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he is also the author of Revolution of the Mind- The Life of Andre Breton and other books.

Other editions of this work

No cover image available Remarks on Marx : by Foucault, Michel, ©1991
No cover image available Speed and politics : by Virilio, Paul ©1986

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