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Collectivity and the Digital in French Thought and Culture


Edited By Susie Cronin, Sofia Ropek Hewson and Cillian Ó Fathaigh

The relation between the digital and the collective has become an urgent contemporary question. These collected essays explore the implications of this relation, around the theme of #NousSommes. This hashtag marks the point where the «personal» modalities of social media have become embroiled in collective expressions of unity, solidarity and resistance. As this volume demonstrates, the impact of this cannot be isolated to the internet, but affect philosophy, literature, cinema, politics and the public space itself. The contributors approach the issue of #NousSommes from a diverse range of disciplines and methodologies, bringing out both the continuity and discontinuity with other forms of collective expression. Important contemporary philosophers such as Nancy, Derrida and Deleuze are engaged here, as are issues of ecology, community, automation, postcolonial identity and addiction. Featuring eight academic essays and an interview, this volume testifies to the importance of French philosophy and culture in understanding the digital and the collective today.

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‘Who is this we that is not me?’: Ecosophical Ethics



It is not sufficient to liberate sexuality; it is also necessary to liberate ourselves from the notion of sexuality itself.

— Foucault (2000: 245)

This man of negation – yes, even he counts among the very great forces which conserve and affirm life … What is the reason for this sickliness? For man is more sick, more uncertain, more mutable, less defined than any other animal … even when this master of destruction, of self-destruction wounds himself – it is the wound itself which afterwards compels him to live …

— Nietzsche (1996: 100)

Already constructed theoretical language does not speak of the mucous. The mucous remains a remainder, producer of delirium, of dereliction, of wounds, sometimes of exhaustion.

— Irigaray (2002a: 244)

That is the only way Nature operates – against itself.

— Deleuze and Guattari (1987: 242)

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