Book Manuscript: “Networkologies: A New Philosophy of Networks for a Hyperconnected Age” (Vol. I, Zer0 Books, Fall 2012)
Networkolgies: A New Philosophy of Networks for a Hyperconnected Age– Vols. I – III
Networkologies: A New Philosophy of Networks for a Hyperconnected Age – Volumes I-III, are the central books in the projected networkologies series, and an expansion of the original networkologies manifesto posted on this blog. These texts work to describe how a fully relational philosophy based on networks can develop into a system which can help describe our world in a manner suited to the needs of our current age. Networkologies presents an entire worldview, one which will serve as the foundation for the networkological analyses which will be presented in texts to come.
A network is a diagram for the thinking of relation. This diagram, which does not merely describe relation, but performs it, can help us to understand the structure, dynamics, and potentials of our networked age. Networkological thought works to extract the potential meanings, concepts, programs, and perspectives which the network diagram makes available to us, and it is with this in mind that the primary commitment of a philosophy of networks must be to the thinking of relation, and to understanding what relation could mean in regard to the network diagram.
Networkologies is written in manifesto form, and as such uses mostly propositional language and minimal citations, so that the entirety of the system can be presented in as condensed a form as possible. The graphic format of the text aims to demonstrate what a networkological text looks like, a matter which is discussed in the text itself.
For sections of this work in progress that have been published as it was being completed, see here.
Networks and Philosophy: Volume I – From Diagram to World
This volume will be published by Zer0 Books, Spring 2012. It begins with a general introduction, entitled Post-Structuralisms, Spectulative Realisms, Networkologies, to the networkologies project as a whole.
Volume I: From Diagram to Matrix, is divided into three primary sections: Orientations, Diagrammatology, and Matrixology.
Orientations: Orientations sets the terms for the rest of the inquiry, and describes the terrain of what is to come. Within Orientations, The Principles segment describes the basic principles which guide the networkological project, while the Forms segment describes the manner in which these principles manifest themselves within the presentation of networkological thought, as well as how it is that networkological relationalism shifts the conventional concerns of philosophy from epistemology to diagrammatology, ontology to matrixology, and ethics to network ethics.
Diagrammatology: The section entitled Diagrammatology describes the network diagram (node, link, ground, level) itself in its many permutations, so as to demonstrate how an entire worldview can be extracted therefrom. In the process, relevant aspects of the science and mathematics of networks are also presented.
Volume II: The Networked World
Matrixology: From there, the section entitled Matrixology examines the manner in which networks appear in the world as matrix, or that which of which matter and mind are simply aspects. Matrixology aims to show how networks can be used to understand the many ways in which matter and mind, as two sides of matrix, are intertwined via structure to form the objects which appear in experience.
Developing a relational approach to existence, the section on matrixology is the core of the manifesto, as well as its longest section, and it is divided into many parts. The section called Extension, Obstacle, and Appearing examines metaphysical background to experience, while the section on Unfolding, the Quantum, and Intertwining relates these issues to contemporary developments in cosmology and quantum mechanics. The section on Mnemosystematics, Matter, and Structure provide an account of structured macroscopic matters, while Experience, Life, and Evolution deals with the networkological bases of more complex forms of experience within living beings. Brains, Emotions, and Thought explains how networks account for thought and emotion within complex organisms, and Desire, Tension, and Regulation relates these issues to those traditionally addressed by psychoanalysis. Combinatorics, Articulation, and Meaning addresses how aspects of the universe can be understood as meaningful, while the following section on Wideware, Plexes, and Quasi-Life speaks to cultural semiotics, language, and signs. Culture, Metabolics, and Parallax relates semiotics to the issues of desire within culture. Situations, Adaptation, and Problematics relates micropolitics and large scale paradigm shifts, while Praxis, Relation, and Synergy describes how cultures change via the movement of complex networks. Finally, Freedom, Opening, and Generation links the concerns of the end of the book with the metaphysical issues which opened the text itself.
Volume III – Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics
The second volume of Networks and Philosophy describes the issues of ethics, practical decision making, and aesthetic judgments from a networkological perspective. This text is divided into three sections: Metaleptics, Practics, and Aesthetics.
Metaleptics: The segment on metaleptics shows how value and valuation arise from evolution in its various forms (material, natural, and cultural), and how this leads to the need for the fundamental maxim of network ethics: “let all your networks operate at maximum robustness.”
Practics: This section describes the ways in which the fundamental maxim can be applied to the wider world, and the ramifications network ethics has for the diagrammatological and matrixological concerns already presented. The emphasis of this section is the manner in which network ethics provides a set of guidelines for the conjunction of everyday life and politics we all face.
Aesthetics: From here, the relation of ethics and politics will address the question of beauty and god, and the relation of these issues to the networkological project as a whole.