By Vilem Flusser
Ten years after his dying, the recognition of Vil?m Flusser as one in all Europe's most unusual sleek philosophers maintains to develop. more and more influential in Europe and Latin the US, the Prague-born intellectual's suggestion has earlier remained principally unknown within the English-speaking global because of an absence of translations. His leading edge writings theorize-and eventually embrace-the epochal shift that humanity is present process from what he termed "linear considering" (based on writing) towards a brand new type of multidimensional, visible pondering embodied by way of electronic tradition. For Flusser, those new modes and applied sciences of verbal exchange make attainable a society (the "telematic" society) during which discussion among humans turns into the splendid price. the 1st English-language anthology of Flusser's paintings, this quantity monitors the intense diversity and subtlety of his mind. many of the essays accumulated the following introduce and difficult upon his conception of communique, prompted by means of thinkers as various as Martin Buber, Edmund Husserl, and Thomas Kuhn. whereas taking dystopian, posthuman visions of conversation applied sciences into consideration, Flusser celebrates their liberatory and humanizing facets. For Flusser, lifestyles was once reminiscent of being thrown into an abyss of absurd adventure or "bottomlessness"; turning into human required developing which means out of this painful occasion by way of consciously connecting with others, partially via such applied sciences. different essays current Flusser's techniques at the way forward for writing, the progressive nature of images, the connection among exile and creativity, and his unconventional notion of posthistory. Taken jointly, those essays be certain Flusser's value and prescience inside of modern philosophy. Vil?m Flusser (1920-1991) was once born in Prague, emigrated to Brazil, the place he taught philosophy and wrote a regular newspaper column in S?o Paulo, and later moved to France. He wrote numerous books in Portuguese and German; the form of items (1999) and towards a Philosophy of images (2000) were translated into English. Andreas Str?hl is director of the movie division on the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes in Munich. Erik Eisel, who obtained his PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA, presently works for a software program expertise corporation in Southern California.