Collapse: Volume 5

Collapse: Volume 5 : The Copernican Imperative

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Addresses the "deanthropomorphization" of reality initiated by the Copernican Revolution and the enduring chasm between the spontaneous image of reality bequeathed to us by evolution and that revealed by the sciences in the wake of Copernicus.

Ever since Nicolaus Copernicus unmoored the Earth from its anchorage at the centre of the Universe and set it hurtling around the Sun, science has progressively uncovered the lineaments of an objective reality to which human experience stands as only the most superficial and attenuated of abstractions.

The fifth volume of Collapse brings together some of the most intellectually-challenging contemporary work devoted to exploring the philosophical implications of this ever-widening gulf between the real and the intuitable from a variety of overlapping and complementary standpoints.

With articles by groundbreaking philosophers and scientists, in-depth interviews with prominent thinkers, and new work from contemporary artists, this volume addresses the issues of the "deanthropomorphization" of reality initiated by the Copernican Revolution and the enduring chasm between the spontaneous image of reality bequeathed to us by evolution and that revealed by the sciences in the wake of Copernicus.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 114 x 178 x 32mm | 472g
  • Urbanomic
  • Falmouth, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 46 b&w illus.; 92 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0956775071
  • 9780956775078
  • 1,328,573

Table of contents

Damian Veal, 'Editorial Introduction'; Carlo Rovelli, 'Anaximander's Legacy'; Julian Barbour, 'The View from Nowhen (Interview)' Conrad Shawcross and Robin Mackay, 'Shadows of Copernicanism'; James Ladyman, 'Who's Afraid of Scientism? (Interview)'; Thomas Metzinger, 'Enlightenment 2.0 (Interview)'; Nigel Cooke, 'Thinker Dejecta'; Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart, 'Alien Science (Interview)'; Milan Cirkovic, 'Sailing the Archipelago'; Nick Bostrom, 'Where Are They? Why I Hope the Search forExtraterrestrial Life Finds Nothing'; Keith Tyson, 'Random Sampler from a Blocktime Animation'; Martin Schonfeld, 'The Phoenix of Nature'; Immanuel Kant, 'On Creation in the Total Extent of its Infinity in Space and Time'; Iain Hamilton Grant, 'Prospects for Post-Copernican Dogmatism: The Antinomies of Transcendental Naturalism'; Gabriel Catren, 'A Throw of the Quantum Dice Will Never Overturn the Copernican Revolution'; Alberto Gualandi, 'Errancies of the Human: French Philosophies of Natureand the Overturning of the Copernican Revolution'; Paul Humphreys, 'Thinking Outside the Brain'
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About Damian Veal

Robin Mackay is a philosopher, Director of the UK arts organization Urbanomic, and Associate Researcher at Goldsmiths University of London. Thomas Metzinger is Professor of Philosophy and Fellow at the Gutenberg Research College at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat, Mainz, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Study in Frankfurt am Main. He is the editor of Neural Correlates of Consciousness and the author of Being No One, both published by the MIT Press. Ian Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick, U.K., and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 books, including Does God Play Dice? and (with Terry Pratchett and Jack Cohen) The Science of Discworld series. His app Incredible Numbers won a Digital Book World Award, and he was cowinner of the 2015 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. Paul Humphreys is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia.
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