Welcome to Networkologies

Welcome to the online home of Christopher Vitale, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and founding member of The Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute.

The primary aim of this site is to act as a platform for the development of my primary endeavor, Networkologies, a project to articulate a new philosophy of networks for our hyperconnected age.

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The first volume of this project, entitled Networkologies: A Philosophy of Networks for a Hyperconnected Age – A Manifesto,  has been published in November 2014 by Zer0 Books, and can be found on Zer0’s website, and on Amazon. Networkologies includes a very user friendly introduction, and a wide-ranging and intense manifesto for the future of philosophy.

Supplemental materials to this book are described and available for download at the page on the sidebar, or via the link here. These works include hundreds of pages of research, argumentation, and explanation of the networkological project, and are an extension of the current volume published by Zer0, made available as I work to bring future volumes in projected Networkologies series of books to publication.

On the side of the website, you’ll also see my blog, and on the sidebar, links to over 1000 pages of mini-articles/essays which have come about through the process of writing and refining blog articles, with everything organized in the following categories:

- Networks and Networkologies

- Western Philosophy

- Full-Online Guide to Reading Deleuze’s Cinema Books

-  Hegel

- Buddhist and Non-Western Philosophy 

- Media Studies, Film, and Visual Culture

- Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Politics 

- Personal, Misc.

For more information on these and related projects, please contact me at chris962x@gmail.com, or at cvitale@pratt.edu.

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Recent REVIEWS for Networkologies: A Philosophy of Networks for a Hyperconnected Age – A Manifesto:

“We all know that we live in a networked world; but we do not really know just what a “network” is. In this important and vital book, Christopher Vitale provides us with a full-fledged philosophy of networks. He considers the questions of where networks come from, of how they change and develop, and of what conditions may lead to their (and our) continued flourishing. Networkologies is solidly grounded in the latest science, but it is also a powerful work of speculative philosophy. It gives us both a vision of what we are, and intimations of what we might become.”                                                                                                                                                                     

          – Steven Shaviro, Professor of English at Wayne State University, author of “Connected, Or What It Means to Live in a Networked Society,” ” The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism,””Post-Cinematic Effect”, “Beyond Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics,” and “The Cinematic Body

“Vitale is opening a truly philosophical, typological and topological understanding of networks in contemporary culture, well beyond the usual technical accounts of Internet development. Entering in a natural dialogue with some masters which have reflected on the concept and practice of relation (Bergson, Deleuze, Simondon among others), Vitale turns himself as a profound new voice which unveils the fascinating philosophical combinatorics of cultural complex systems. Through a series of well-defined tetrads, including immanence/ relation/ refraction/ emergence, and node/ link/ ground/ process, Vitale circumnavigates the explosive contradictions of our times,to offer new perspectives of visualization and integration.

          – Fernando Zalamea, Professor of Mathematics at Universidad Nacional de Cololmbia, author of  “Ariadne  and  Penelope: Networks and Mixtures in Contemporary Society,” “Synthetic Philosophy of Contemporary Mathematics,” and “Peirce’s Logic of the Continuum: A Conceptual and Mathematical Approach”

 

 

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