Reza Negarestani

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Reza Negarestani
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NationalityIranian
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolContinental philosophy
Speculative realism[1] (early)
Rationalism
Modern Platonism
InstitutionsBoard member of The New Centre for Research & Practice[2]
Main interests
Philosophy of science, philosophy of mind
Notable ideas
'Theory-fiction', 'Philosophy of Intelligence'

Reza Negarestani (born 1977) is an Iranian philosopher and writer, known for "pioneering the genre of 'theory-fiction' with his book" Cyclonopedia[3] which was published in 2008. it was listed in Artforum as one of the best books of 2009.[4] Negarestani is currently directing the critical philosophy programme at The New Centre for Research & Practice.[5]

Philosophical work[edit]

Negarestani has been a regular contributor to Collapse, as well as other print and web publications such as Ctheory.[6] On March 11, 2011, faculty from Brooklyn College and The New School organized a symposium to discuss Cyclonopedia titled Leper Creativity.[7] Later on in the year, Punctum books published a book with the same title that included essays, articles, artworks, and documents from or related to the symposium.[8] In 2011, he co-edited Collapse's issue VII with Robin Mackay titled Culinary Materialism [9] In 2012, Negarestani collaborated with Florian Hecker on an artwork titled "Chimerization" that was included in the dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition.[10] He has since written librettos for a series of full-length albums based on Hecker's concept of 'chimerization'.

After being associated with the philosophical movement of speculative realism for several years, Negarestani is currently lecturing and writing about rationalist universalism beginning with the evolution of the modern system of knowledge and advancing toward contemporary philosophies of rationalism, their procedures as well as their demands for special forms of human conduct.

After going through different philosophical phases starting with Nick Land and subsequently Speculative Realism,[11] Negarestani turned to rationalist inhumanism, according to which the concept of the human is under-explored and is a matter of theoretical and practical investigation, the results of which will lead to a thoroughgoing new conception of the human that stands in opposition to classical versions of humanism and human essentialism.[12] Research paradigms such as Artificial General Intelligence and Neuroscience, according to Negarestani, provide us with insights as how the concept of the human is underdeveloped and must be understood as a subject of critical construction. In line with this line of inquiry, Negarestani's current philosophical project deals with what he calls a philosophy of intelligence as in contrast to the philosophy of mind. For Negarestani, the philosophy of intelligence goes beyond the philosophy of mind insofar as the concept of intelligence is beholden to a system of socially constituted thoughts and practices through which the intelligible is recognized.[13][14] However, for Negarestani the term intelligence remains a philosophically vague concept, an explicatum. With a nod to Rudolf Carnap's project of explication, Negarestani instead proposes a conceptual engineering whereby the concept of intelligence is progressively replaced by its explicata, or refined concepts which methodically address different issues with regard to the question of 'What is Intelligence'.[15] For Negarestani, such issues span ontological, epistemological, methodological, technical and axiological concerns. Negarestani's emphasis on the necessary link between what we mean by intelligence and what it takes to render the world intelligible borrows elements from transcendental philosophy, German Idealism and systematic skepticism.

Negarestani's current blog, Toy Philosophy, "focus[es] on various threads - some still loose and some already converged - of [his] philosophical research" [16]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bryant, Levi; Harman, Graham; Srnicek, Nick (2011). The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. Melbourne, Australia: re.press. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-9806683-4-6.
  2. ^ thenewcentre.org
  3. ^ "Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials |". Re-press.org. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  4. ^ "Cyclonopedia – Artforum International: Best of 2009 |". Re-press.org. 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "CTheory.net". CTheory.net. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  7. ^ "Leper Creativity: Cyclonopedia Symposium : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  8. ^ "Leper Creativity: Cyclonopedia Symposium". punctum books. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  9. ^ "Collapse Vol. VII: Culinary Materialism". Urbanomic. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  10. ^ http://d13.documenta.de/#/programs/the-kassel-programs/some-artworks-and-programs-initiated-by-documenta-13-participants/chimerizations-and-speculative-solutions/
  11. ^ https://www.re-press.org/book-files/OA_Version_Speculative_Turn_9780980668346.pdf The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism, Re-press, 2011.
  12. ^ https://www.e-flux.com/journal/53/59893/the-labor-of-the-inhuman-part-ii-the-inhuman/
  13. ^ https://www.neroeditions.com/docs/reza-negarestani-engineering-the-world-crafting-the-mind/
  14. ^ https://plijournal.com/volumes/30-restoration-and-resistance/
  15. ^ https://www.urbanomic.com/document/reengineering-philosophy/
  16. ^ "Returning to the Age of Blogging". toyphilosophy.com. 2018-01-24. Retrieved 2018-04-02.

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