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.
Daniel Ross' Discussion of Prometheanism in 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the position of being the divine maker of the world while at the same time condemning human beings to see themselves as out of date.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
Credo Credit Crisis: Speculations on Faith and Money, ed. by Laurent Milesi, Christopher John Müller and Aidan Tynan (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)
Christopher Müller and Mareile Pfannebecker (eds.), ‘Corporealities: Body Limits’, Word and Text (2013), 3 (2)
'Writing to Spare One's Blushes: Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions and the Automation of Confidence', Shame and Modern Writing, ed. Julie Walsh and Barry Sheils (Routledge, 2018)
‘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: Speculations on Faith and Money, ed. by Laurent Milesi, Christopher John Müller and Aidan Tynan (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)
Open Access: 'Die Unangestellten: Ein Blick in die Zukunft der Arbeit', Sonderausgabe ''"Schreiben für Übermorgen": Forschungen zu Werk und Nachlass von Günther Anders', ed. Reinhard Ellensohn und Kerstin Putz. Günther Anders Journal (2017), 1: 1-16.
‘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
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
Christian Dries, 'The Life of Günther Anders', http://www.guenther-anders-gesellschaft.org/en/vita-guenther-anders/
'Günther Anders, Smart Technology and the Rise of Promethean Shame', Rowman & Littlefield International Blog
'Keine Nackten Tatsachen: Zu Jacques Derridas Begriff des Supplements’, Cogito: 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). Genealogy of the Posthuman, 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