This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the groundbreaking journal of speculative philosophy Speculations. The journal was one of the main drivers behind the development of speculative realism and object-oriented ontology, two major and influential movements of continental philosophy, featuring work of Levi Bryant, Manuel DeLanda, Graham Harman, Adrian Johnston, Adam Kotsko, Timothy Morton, Christopher Norris, and Fernando Zalamea, among many others.
punctum books was involved with the journal as publisher of its print editions since the third issue, and these issues have remained in print and available as ebook downloads. The first two issues, however, have so far remained unavailable in digital format.
To celebrate Speculations’ anniversary, the first two issues have been redigitized and are now available as open access ebooks through the OAPEN platform.
Over the years punctum books has published multiple monographs and edited collections featuring Speculations authors. Expand your horizon with the following publications:
Leper Creativity contains essays, articles, artworks, and documents taken from and inspired by the symposium on Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials, which took place in March 2011 at The New School. Hailed by novelists, philosophers, artists, cinematographers, and designers, Cyclonopedia is a key work in the emerging domains of speculative realism and theory-fiction.
Speculative Medievalisms: Discography comprises the proceedings from the two Speculative Medievalisms symposia, held at King’s College London (Jan. 2011) and The Graduate Center, City University of New York (Sep. 2011), and organized by The Petropunk Collective (Eileen Joy, Anna Klosowska, Nicola Masciandaro, and Michael O’Rourke). These interdisciplinary events were dedicated to dialogue and cross-contamination between traditional concepts of speculatio, present-minded premodern studies, and contemporary speculative realist and object-oriented philosophies.
Ben Woodard’s On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy constructs an eclectic variant of geophilosophy through engagements with digging machines, nuclear waste, cyclones and volcanoes, giant worms, secret vessels, decay, subterranean cities, hell, demon souls, black suns, and xenoarcheaology, via continental theory (Nietzsche, Schelling, Deleuze, et alii) and various cultural objects such as horror films, videogames, and weird Lovecraftian fictions, with special attention to Speculative Realism and the work of Reza Negarestani.
In Shadowing the Anthropocene: Eco-Realism for Turbulent Times, Adrian Ivakhiv proposes an ecological realism that takes as its starting point humanity’s eventual demise. The only question for a realist today, he suggests, is what to do now and what quality of compost to leave behind with our burial. The book engages with the challenges of the Anthropocene and with a series of philosophical efforts to address them, including those of Slavoj Žižek and Charles Taylor, Graham Harman and Timothy Morton, Isabelle Stengers and Bruno Latour, and William Connolly and Jane Bennett.
In Skirmishes: With Friends, Enemies, and Neutrals, Harman responds with flair and wit to some of his best-known critics and fellow travelers. Part One considers four prominent books on speculative realism, while Part Two responds to a series of briefer criticisms of object-oriented ontology. Amidst these lively debates, Harman sheds new light on what he regards as the central bias of philosophical modernism, which he terms the taxonomical standpoint. It is a book sure to provoke lively controversy among both friends and foes of object-oriented thought.
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