General Intellects : Twenty Five Thinkers for the 21st Century
What has happened to the public intellectuals that used to challenge and inform us? Who is the Sartre, de Beauvoir or Stuart Hall of the present age? In General Intellects, McKenzie Wark introduces us to 25 thinkers who are transforming the landscape of ideas in the 21st century, covering topics such as politics, culture, psychoanalysis, the anthropocene, and the 'nonhuman'. Each chapter explores an individual thinker, places them within the intellectual landscape, showing how they are opening up new horizons that will define our times. Wark, a respected theorist in his own right, also critically engages with their work. This is essential reading for all students as well as anyone interested in the current republic of ideas. The thinkers included are Amy Wendling, Kojin Karatani, Paolo Virno, Yann Moulier Boutang, Maurizio Lazzarato, Franco 'Bifo' Berardi, Angela McRobbie, Paul Gilroy, Slavoj Zizek, Jodi Dean, Chantal Mouffe, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, Azumo Hiroki, Paul B. Preciado, Wendy Chun, Timothy Morton, Quentin Meillassoux, Isabelle Stengers, and Donna Haraway.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 156 x 235 x 25.4mm | 367g
- 16 May 2017
- Verso Books
- London, United Kingdom
"A wonderful book ... informative and moving ... a great recovery of an instructive life and literary effort. The book makes the case for a kind of political vision and action we need to recognize and enact. A true pleasure to read." - Kim Stanley Robinson, [for Molecular Red] "A very imaginative, historically smart, politically generative thesis ... that I think we urgently need." - Donna Haraway, [for Molecular Red] "Wark is a fine aphorist ... Playful, angry, depressed, celebratory, this is a book for anyone not convinced that there is no alternative to the way we live now." - Observer, [For The Beach Beneath the Streets] "Brings to the task a necessary sympathy, an encyclopedic knowledge, and a certain stylistic irrepressibility" - Times Literary Supplement, [For The Beach Beneath the Streets]
About McKenzie Wark
McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, The Beach Beneath the Street, and Molecular Red among other books. He teaches at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.