Title Climate Machines Fascist Drives and Truth
Author William E. Connolly
ISBN 9781478006558
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 136
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Duke University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“As ever, William E. Connolly writes prophetically timely work. Even for those of us who read most everything he writes, this book installs fresh strategies, thematics, and illustrations in the vibrant assemblage of his oeuvre. It oscillates between a clarion call to all who have ears to hear as a manifesto for today and a philosophically nuanced, attractive meditation for an open plenary of moments. It shouldn’t work. But it does.”

Catherine Keller, author of Political Theology of the Earth: Our Planetary Emergency and the Struggle for a New Public


“This is one of William E. Connolly’s most exhilarating books to date. In a riveting exploration of planetary volatility and complex entanglements of human and nonhuman agencies and forces, he moves beyond the ‘sociocentrism’ of the humanities, human sciences, and contemporary politics in ways that are distinctive and urgent. A searching and brilliant contribution.”

Romand Coles, author of Visionary Pragmatism: Radical and Ecological Democracy in Neoliberal Times


In this new installation of his work, William E. Connolly examines entanglements between volatile earth processes and emerging cultural practices, highlighting relays among extractive capitalism, self-amplifying climate processes, migrations, democratic aspirations, and fascist dangers. In three interwoven essays, Connolly takes up thinkers in the “minor tradition” of European thought who, unlike Cartesians and Kantians, cross divisions between nature and culture. He first offers readings of Sophocles and Mary Shelley, asking whether close attention to the Anthropocene could perhaps have arrived earlier had subsequent humanists absorbed their lessons. He then joins Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of an abstract machine with contemporary earth sciences, doing so to compare the Antique Little Ice Age of the late Roman empire to contemporary relays between extractive capitalism and accelerating climate processes. The final essay stages a dramatic dialogue between Alfred North Whitehead and Michel Foucault about the pursuit of truth during a time of planetary turbulence. With Climate Machines Fascist Drives, and Truth, Connolly forges incisive interventions into key issues of our time.




Introduction. Climate, Fascism, Truth

Chapter 1. Sophocles, Mary Shelley, and the Planetary

Chapter 2. The Anthropocene as Abstract Machine

Chapter 3. The Lure of Truth





About the Author:

William E. Connolly is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches political theory. His recent books include Facing the Planetary and The Fragility of Things, both also published by Duke University Press, and Aspirational Fascism.

Target Audience:

This book is useful for people interested in sociology, political science and philosophy.


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