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New military technologies are animated by fantasies of perfect knowledge, lawfulness, and vision that contrast sharply with the very real limits of human understanding, law, and vision. Thus, various kinds of violent acts are proliferating while their precise nature remains unclear. Especially man–machine ensembles, guided by algorithms, are operating in ways that challenge conceptual understanding.

War and Algorithm looks at the increasing power of algorithms in these emerging forms of warfare from the perspectives of critical theory, philosophy, legal studies, and visual studies. The contributions in this volume grapple with the challenges posed by algorithmic warfare and trace the roots of new forms of war in the technological practices and forms of representation of the digital age. Together, these contributions provide a first step toward understanding—and resisting—our emerging world of war.

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ISBN-13: 9781786613646
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/11/2019
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Max Liljefors is a Professor in the Division of Art History and Visual Studies, Lund University.
Gregor Noll is a Professor in the Department of Law, University of Gothenburg.
Daniel Steuer is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Our Emerging World of War
Max Liljefors, Gregor Noll and Daniel Steuer

2. Prolegomena to Any Future Attempt at Understanding Our Emerging World of War
Daniel Steuer

3. Anthropokenosis and the Emerging World of War
Howard Caygill

4. War by Algorithm: The End of Law?
Gregor Noll

5. Law’s Ends: On Algorithmic Warfare and Humanitarian Violence
Sara Kendall

6. Omnivoyance and Blindness
Max Liljefors

7. Of the Pointless View: From the Ecotechnology to the Echotheology of Omnivoyant War
Allen Feldman

8. Visions
Max Liljefors, Gregor Noll and Daniel Steuer


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