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Books

Prometheanism: Technology, Digital Culture and Human Obsolescence (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). 

Günther Anders’s prolific philosophy of technology is undergoing a major revival but has never been translated into English. Prometheanism mobilises Anders’s pragmatic thought and current trends in critical theory to rethink the constellations of power that are configuring themselves around our increasingly “smart” machines. The book offers a comprehensive introduction to Anders’s philosophy of technology with an annotated translation of his visionary essay ‘On Promethean Shame’, part of The Obsolescence of Human Beings 1 published in 1956. The essay analyses feelings of curtailment, obsolescence and solitude that become manifest whilst we interact with machines. When technological solutions begin to make humans look embarrassingly limited and flawed, new emotional vulnerabilities are exposed. These need to be thought, because our wavering confidence leaves us unprotected in an ever more (un)transparent, connected yet fractured world.

Exerpt of Prometheanism in 3:AM Magazine / Interview about Prometheanism on RhysTranter.com

Daniel Ross' Discussion of Prometheanism for Lo Sguardo (special issue 'Anthropocene')

Reviews'Modernity aims at placing mankind in the position of being the divine maker of the world while at the same time condemning human beings to see themselves as out of date. German philosopher Günther Anders remains one of the best thinkers of this tragic paradox. It is a shame that his work is almost unknown in the English-speaking world. Christopher Müller’s admirable book will no doubt fill this blatant gap.' Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Professor of Philosophy, École Polytechnique, Paris; Author of A Short Treatise on the Metaphysics of Tsunamis

'...crucial reading for anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of the workings of our technology-driven world.' Konrad Paul Liessmann, Professor of Philosophy, University of Vienna

'...essential reading for anyone interested in critical theory, philosophy of technology and the history of 20th century thought more widely.' Arthur Bradley, Professor of Comparative Literature, Lancaster University

'...Prometheanism examines our bodily relation to technology, noting our naked vulnerability, including a cultural critique of the technologies of our lives, our finitude and “Promethean Shame.”' Babette Babich, Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University, NYC

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

‘Introduction: Günther Anders’s “The Obsolescence of Privacy”’, CounterText: A Journal for the Study of the Post-Literary (2017), 3:1, 13-19, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/count.2017.0072

'The Bank of England in Ruins: Photography, Tragedy and the Philosophy of Money', with Ian Wiblin, Credo Credit Crisis. (In Press)

'Writing to Spare One's Blushes: Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions and the Automation of Confidence', Shame and the Act of Writing, ed. Julie Walsh and Barry Sheils (Routledge, in Press)

'Die Unangestellten: Eine Perspektive in die Zukunft der Arbeit', "Schreiben für Übermorgen": Forschungen zu Werk und Nachlass von Günther Anders, ed. Reinhard Ellensohn und Kerstin Putz. (In Press)

‘Desert Ethics: Technology and the Question of Evil in Günther Anders and Jacques Derrida’, Parallax (2015), 21 (1): 42-57, DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2014.988910

‘Style and Arrogance: The Ethics of Heidegger’s Style’, Style in Theory: Between Literature and Philosophy, ed. by Ivan Callus, Gloria Lauri-Lucente, James Corby (London, New York: Continuum, 2013), pp. 141-162. www.bloomsbury.com/us/style-in-theory

Christopher Müller and Mareile Pfannebecker (eds.), ‘Corporealities: Body Limits’, Word and Text (2013), 3 (2)

Translations

Günther Anders, 'The Obsolescence of Privacy' (from die Antiquiertheit des Menschen 2), CounterText: A Journal for the Study of the Post-Literary (2017), 3 (1), 20-46

Shorter Publications

‘Keine Nackten Tatsachen: Zu Jacques Derridas Begriff des Supplements’, Cog!to: Die Unabhängige Zeitschrift der Studierendenschaft Philosophie (2017), 9 (1): 22-26 https://www.cogito-muenchen.de 

Review: (with Mareile Pfannebecker) 'Inanimation: Theories of Inorganic Life, by David Wills (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016)', Textual Practice (2016) 30 (7): 1365-1376, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2016.1256613

‘We are born obsolete: Günther Anders’s (Post)humanism’ (2015). Genealogies, Critical Posthumanism Network. http://criticalposthumanism.net/anders 

‘BANK: Speculation in Ruins: A Conversation on Photography and the Bank of England between Ian Wiblin and Chris Müller’. BANK - Speculation in Ruins.pdf

Review: Ian Buchanan, Oxford Dictionary of Critical Theory (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), for Literature and Theology (2010), 24 (4): 436-438, DOI: 10.1093/litthe/frq034