Book Description/Proposal: Networkologies

Hey All, here’s the book description/proposal for Networkologies, which is now also on the sidebar of the Networkologies website. Please send any feedback you may have! I figure I’ll be sending these out soon, so any input is really appreciated.


Networkologies: Towards a New Philosophy of Networks – A Manifesto

Networkologies – Towards A New Philosophy of Networks – A Manifesto is the second and central book in the projected networkologies series. This book works to describe, in condensed a form as possible, how it is that 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.

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.

Sections of the Text

The first section of the manifesto, called orientations, sets the terms of what is to come. 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.

The section entitled diagrammatology describes the network diagram 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.

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. Developing a relational approach to existence, the section on matrixology is the core of the manifesto, as well as its longest section. The segment on extension and appearance examines cosmological and quantum concerns, while the section on mnemosystematics and combinatorics examines the permutations in which memory first takes hold in simple forms of matter. The segment on experience opens up the question of life, while the segment on thought and wideware examines how matrix comes to experience itself within conscious and self-conscious minds and their extensions in culture. The segement on problematics examines how advanced organisms and their extensions relate to the wider world, while the segment on freedom and opening ties these concerns into the bigger picture issues of the role of organisms in the world and the question of ethics.

The section on network ethics works to pose the question of what, from a networkological perspective, should be valued. The segment on metaleptics shows how value and valuation arise from evolution in its various forms, and how this leads to the need for the fundamental maxim of network ethics: “let all your networks operate at maximum robustness.” From here, the final section, on practics, describes the ways in which this maxim can be applied to the wider world, and the ramifications network ethics has for the diagrammtological and matrixological concerns already presented.

The text is fully written, consists of approximately 100,000 words, and is undergoing final proofreading in preparation for solicitation of publication.

SITE MAP [or, table of contents . . .]


[principles] Relation, Process, Reification, Refraction

[forms] Method, Discipline, Text, Context, Networkologies, Groundings


Diagram, Precision, Combination, Strength, Porosity, Distribution, Topology, Symmetry, Difference, Identity, Objects, Societies, Dynamics, Systems, Combinatories, Genetics, Levels


[extension and appearance] Matrix, Extension, Mattering, Actuality, World, Self-Differing, Paradox, Quandry, Obstacle, Opening, Potential, Privacy, Mind, Interaction, Complexity

[mnemosystemics and combinatorics] Memory, Intertwining, Continua, Curvature, Worldlines, Particles, Force, Motion, Material Objects, Energy, Mass, Tuning, Form, Manifestation, Modulation, Structure, Zone, Generality, Quilting, Relation, Virtuality, Metamorphosis

[experience] Understanding, Affection, Mentalities, Machines, Life, Memory Systems, Evolution, Persons, Perception, Spacetime, Awareness, Excess, Qualities, Experience, Horizon, Deficit

[thought and wideware] Brains, Modules, Superposition, Consciousness, Feedback, Self-Consciousness, Thought, Generalization, Abstract Thought, Wideware, Quasi-Life, Plexes, Culture, Circulation, Semiotics, Logics/Maths, Mediology, Meaning, Negation, Mimeoplexes, Temeplexes, Semeplexes, Imageplexes, Psychology, Semioception, Emotions, Mental Structures, Emotional Structures, Psyche, Metabolics, Interaction, Reflection, Intuition, Praxis, Knowledge, Representation, Material Objects, Mental Objects

[problematics] Adaptation, Symptom, Problematics, Critique, Experimentation, Landscape, Metaphysics, Science, Paradigms, Meta-Understanding, Philosophy, Meta-Philosophy, Relational Philosophy, Pluriverse, Fundament, Synergy

[freedom and opening] Freedom, The Virtual, Universe, The Open, The New, Generation

network ethics

[metaleptics] Ethics, Value, Attribution, Proto-Value, Control, Proto-Experience, Development, Regulation, Diversity, Learning, Programming, Cultural Evolution, Supra-plexes, Meta-Evolution, Paranoia, Paranoid Social Structures, Capital, Capitalism, Collapse, Limitation, Meta-Robustness, Liberation, Choice, Trust, Exchange, Leap, Metalepsis, Historicity, Call, Embeddedness

[practics] Maxim, Practics, Heuristics, Evaluation, Duty, Example, Pain, Pleasure, Harm, Curiosity, Therapeautics, Clinic, Diagnostics, Social Practics, Network Analysis, Science, Democracy, Socialism, Competition, Political Practics, Cross-Activism, Articulation, Crossing, Discourse of the Oppressed, Access, Pedagogy, Education, Academics, The Public Intellectual, Ways of Knowing, Obsolescence, Hope, Art, Inspiration, Aesthetics, Production, Creation, Pataphysics, Decision, Modernity, Catastrophe, Appeal, Pax Capitala, The Age of Networks, god, Relationalism, Commitment 


~ by chris on June 16, 2010.

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