By Vilem Flusser
Ten years after his demise, the popularity 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 USA, the Prague-born intellectual's idea has previously remained mostly unknown within the English-speaking international because of a scarcity of translations. His cutting edge writings theorize-and eventually embrace-the epochal shift that humanity is present process from what he termed "linear pondering" (based on writing) towards a brand new kind of multidimensional, visible considering embodied via electronic tradition. For Flusser, those new modes and applied sciences of conversation make attainable a society (the "telematic" society) within which discussion among humans turns into the preferrred price. the 1st English-language anthology of Flusser's paintings, this quantity screens the intense diversity and subtlety of his mind. a few of the essays accumulated right here introduce and complex upon his concept of verbal exchange, inspired by means of thinkers as assorted as Martin Buber, Edmund Husserl, and Thomas Kuhn. whereas taking dystopian, posthuman visions of verbal exchange applied sciences under consideration, Flusser celebrates their liberatory and humanizing features. For Flusser, life was once comparable to being thrown into an abyss of absurd adventure or "bottomlessness"; turning into human required growing which means out of this painful occasion by means of consciously connecting with others, partly via such applied sciences. different essays current Flusser's recommendations 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 make certain Flusser's significance and prescience inside of modern philosophy. Vil?m Flusser (1920-1991) used to be born in Prague, emigrated to Brazil, the place he taught philosophy and wrote an everyday 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, at present works for a software program know-how corporation in Southern California.