Coming From Nothing
A Thought Experiment Novella
A tragi-comic philosophical novella about how the internet is reshaping our notions of personal identity.
Coming From Nothing is a tragi-comic love story concerned with notions of identity, such as Judith Butler's idea that sexual identity isn't determined by the body, and John Locke's that personal identity is a question of memory.
The first novella in Zero Books new series of Thought Experiment Novellas, these are books that work out philosophical arguments in their plots. Whether focusing on William James' determinism, Descartes' mind/body dualism, or Judith Butler's argument for gender performativity, these short books attempt to flesh out philosophical problems. They are stories wherein philosophical ideas have consequences, at least in the lives of the characters.
Facing ethical disaster perhaps what we need isn't moral law but moral chaos.
A dialogue between story and essay, between speculative fiction and radical philosophy...
2030; America is broke. When NASA is forced to raffle off a trip to outer space the ticket is won by a guy who is so fat he can’t make it out of his own house...
An urgent call for everyone to find inventive ways to question the ethics of sexuality.
A Stoic demonstrates exercises in self-governance and peace of mind through mental discipline.
Ceri Louise Thomas
An archaeological detective story and dark supernatural thriller culminating in the Mayan prophecy that the world will end in 2012.
An investigation of how animals are exploited for entertainment, apparel, research, military weapons, sport, art, religion, food, and more.