Nick Land

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Nick Land
Born (1962-01-17) 17 January 1962 (age 56)
Nationality British
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental philosophy[1]
Accelerationism
Speculative realism
Main interests
Notable ideas
hyperstition

Nick Land (born 17 January 1962) is an English philosopher, short-story horror writer, blogger, and "the father of accelerationism".[2]

His writing is credited with pioneering the genre known as "theory-fiction".[3] A cofounder of the 1990s collective Cybernetic Culture Research Unit, his work has been tied to the development of accelerationism and speculative realism.[4][5][6]

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Land was a lecturer in Continental Philosophy at the University of Warwick from 1987 until his resignation in 1998.[7] At Warwick, he and Sadie Plant co-founded the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit. He is the author of The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism, published in 1992, in addition to an abundance of shorter texts, many of which were published in the 1990s during Land's time with the CCRU.[8] The majority of these articles were compiled in the retrospective collection Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007, published in 2011.

He currently works as an editor at Urbanatomy in Shanghai, and (until April 2017)[9] taught at the New Centre for Research & Practice.[10] Land's work is noted for its unorthodox interspersion of philosophical theory with fiction, science, poetry, and performance art.[11] He has recently started writing psychological horror fiction.

Land is founder of two electronic presses, Urbanatomy Electronic and Time Spiral Press (with Anna Greenspan).[citation needed]

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Nick Land's work with CCRU, as well as his pre-Dark Enlightenment writings, have all been hugely influential to the political philosophy of accelerationism. Kodwo Eshun, a prominent UK afrofuturist theorist, has asked "Is Nick Land the most important British philosopher of the past twenty years?" [12] Along with the other members of CCRU, Land wove together ideas from the occult, cybernetics, science fiction, and poststructuralist philosophy to describe the phenomena of techno-capitalist acceleration. One of Land's most important concepts is "hyperstition," a portmanteau of "superstition" and "hyper" that describes the action of successful ideas in the arena of culture. [13]

Most recently, Land has been a prominent theorist and namer of the Dark Enlightenment, a "neoreactionary" philosophy that opposes egalitarianism and is sometimes associated with the alt-right or other right-wing movements.[14][15] Shuja Haider notes, "His sequence of essays setting out its principles have become the foundation of the NRx canon."[16]

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  1. ^ Fisher, Mark (2014) [2012]. "Terminator vs Avatar". In Mackay, Robin; Avanessian, Armen. #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader. pp. 341–2. 
  2. ^ Beckett, Andy. "Accelerationism: How a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in." The Guardian. 11 May 2017.
  3. ^ Mackay, Robin. "Nick Land: An Experiment in Inhumanism." Divus. 27 February 2013.
  4. ^ Robin Mackay and Armen Avanessian, 'Introduction' to #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader, (Falmouth: Urbanomic, 2014) pp.1-46
  5. ^ Fisher, Mark. "Nick Land: Mind Games." Dazed and Confused.
  6. ^ Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007, Introduction by Ray Brassier and Robin Mackay (Falmouth, UK: Urbanomic, 2011)
  7. ^ Mackay, Robin. "Nick Land: An Experiment in Inhumanism." Divus. 27 February 2013.
  8. ^ Fisher, Mark. "Nick Land: Mind Games." Dazed and Confused.
  9. ^ Statement on Nick Land, The New Centre for Research & Practice
  10. ^ Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007, Introduction by Ray Brassier and Robin Mackay (Falmouth, UK: Urbanomic, 2011)
  11. ^ Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007, Introduction by Ray Brassier and Robin Mackay (Falmouth, UK: Urbanomic, 2011)
  12. ^ http://markfisherreblog.tumblr.com/post/32521254502/is-nick-land-the-most-important-british
  13. ^ http://merliquify.com/blog/articles/hyperstition/#.Wl1fIZM-dp9
  14. ^ Bryce Laliberte, It's Not Racist to seek an "Exit". The Daily Caller. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2014
  15. ^ https://www.vox.com/2016/4/18/11434098/alt-right-explained
  16. ^ Haider, Shuja (28 March 2017). "The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel: Artificial Intelligence and Neoreaction". Viewpoint Magazine. 


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