A Philosophy of Networks for a Hyperconnected Age - A Manifesto

Networks are the future: here's the first philosophy based on networks, a new image of thought for a hyperconnected age.


Networkologies is the first text to develop an entire new philosophy based upon networks. While many contemporary texts on networks have presented critiques or analyses of network formations in our world, this book is the first to develop an entirely new worldview based on the structure of networks themselves. From global capitalism to artificial minds, evolutionary biology to quantum physics, networks are our future. Networkologies presents us with a new image of thought for our hyperconnected age.


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, author of "The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism"

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 unveals 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

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