Inventive Life: Approaches to the New Vitalism

Inventive Life: Approaches to the New Vitalism

Paperback Published in Association with Theory, Culture & Society

Edited by Mariam Fraser, Edited by Sarah Kember, Edited by C. Lury

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm
  • Publication date: 1 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 141292037X
  • ISBN 13: 9781412920377

Product description

This book demonstrates how and why vitalism the idea that life cannot be explained by the principles of mechanism matters now. Vitalism resists closure and reductionism in the life sciences while simultaneously addressing the object of life itself. The aim of this collection is to consider the questions that vitalism makes it possible to ask: questions about the role and status of life across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities and questions about contingency, indeterminacy, relationality and change. All have special importance now, as the concepts of complexity, artificial life and artificial intelligence, information theory, and cybernetics become increasingly significant in more and more fields of activity."

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Table of contents

Mariam Fraser, Sarah Kember and Celia Lury Inventive Life: Approaches to the New Vitalism / Monica Greco On the Vitality of Vitalism / Suhail Malik Information and Knowledge / Andrew Barry, Pharmaceutical Matters: The Invention of Informed Materials / Adrian Mackenzie The Performativity of Code / Software and Cultures of Circulation / Celia Lury 'Contemplating a Self-portrait as a Pharmacist': A Trade Mark Style of Doing Art and Science / Lisa Adkins The New Economy, Property and Personhood / N Katherine Hayles Computing the Human / Sarah Kember Metamorphoses: The Myth of Evolutionary Possibility / Mariam Fraser Making Music Matter.