Vampyroteuthis Infernalis A Treatise, with a Report by the Institut Scientifique de Recherche Paranaturaliste

ISBN-10: 0816678227
ISBN-13: 9780816678228
Edition: 2012
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $19.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 9/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

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, sinceVampyroteuthis infernalisinhabits 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 Infernalisgives 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 Infernalisoffers up a unique posthumanist philosophical understanding of phenomenology and opens the way for a non-philosophy of life.

The Treatise
Octopoda
Genealogy
The Phylum Mollusca
The Class Cephalopoda
The Species Vampyroteuthis infernalis giovanni
The Vampyroteuthic World
Its Model
The Abyss
Vampyroteuthic Dasein
Vampyroteuthic Culture
Its Thinking
Its Social Life
Its Art
Its Emergence
Report by the Institut Scientifique de Recherche Paranaturaliste

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