[NetBehaviour] Galloway: 10 Theses on the Digital

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Galloway: 10 Theses on the Digital

5pm, Monday 14th May
Room LG02
New Academic Building
Goldsmiths, University of London

Free, All Welcome

Despite being the object of much discussion these days, the digital does 
not often appear in the writings of philosophers, except perhaps when it 
arrives unwittingly under the aegis of another name. The world of 
business consultancy has accepted it, as has the popular and folk 
culture, consumer society, telecommunications, medicine, the arts, and 
of course the spheres of industrial engineering and information 
processing (where it plays a special role). But is there an ontology of 
the digital, or even a philosophy of it? The goal of this project is not 
so much to answer such questions, but to draw up a map for what is 
necessary to answer them, something like a prolegomenon for future 
writing on digitality and philosophy.

What is the digital exactly? The digital means the one dividing into 
two. Its heart lies in metaphysics, and adjacent philosophical systems, 
most importantly dialectics. By comparison, the analogue means the two 
coming together as one. It is found in theories of immanence: either the 
immanence of the total plane of being, or the immanence of the 
individual person or object. Either immanence in its infinity, or 
immanence in its finitude.

The goal, then, is not so much to produce a “philosophy of the digital” 
or even a “digitization of philosophy.” Rather we will explore how 
digitality and philosophy come together, as two modal conditions. They 
exist both in parallel as they diverge and differentiate themselves, but 
also in series as they merge and intermediate. So this project will, if 
it is successful, pay attention to the conceptual requirements of the 
digital (and by contrast the analogue) and the strictures and 
affordances it grants to philosophy.

For directions: http://www.gold.ac.uk/find-us/

Organised by Centre for Cultural Studies 
and the Department of Media and Communications 

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