Atopias

9780823277551: Hardback
Release Date: 3rd October 2017

9780823277568: Paperback
Release Date: 3rd October 2017

9780823277575: EPUB
Release Date: 3rd October 2017

9780823277582: PDF
Release Date: 3rd October 2017

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 128

Series Lit Z

Fordham University Press

Atopias

Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism

Written by
Frédéric Neyrat
,
Translated by
Walt Hunter
and
Lindsay Turner
,
Foreword by
Steven Shaviro
Hardback / £74.00
Paperback / £19.99
EPUB / £23.00
PDF / £23.00

This book offers a manifesto for a radical existentialism aiming to regenerate the place of the outside that contemporary theory underestimates. Neyrat calls this outside “atopia”: not utopia, a dreamt place out of the world where everything would be perfect, but atopia, the internal outside that is at the core of every being. Atopia is neither an object that an “object-oriented ontology” would be able to formalize, nor the matter that “new materialisms” could identify. Atopia is what constitutes the existence of any object or subject, its singularity or more precisely its “eccentricity.” Etymologically, to exist means “to be outside” and the book argues that every entity is outside, thrown in the world, wandering without any ontological anchor. In this regard, a radicalized existentialism does not privilege human beings (as Sartre and Heidegger did), but considers existence as a universal condition that concerns every being.

It is important to offer a radical existentialism because the current denial of the outside is politically, and aesthetically, damaging. Only an atopian philosophy—a bizarre, extravagant, heretic philosophy—can care for our fear of the outside. For therapeutic element, a radical existentialism favors everything that challenges the compact immanence in which we are trapped, losing capacity to imagine political alternatives. To sustain these alternatives, the book identifies the atopia as a condition of the possibility to break immanence and analyze these breaks in human and animal subjectivity, language, politics and metaphysics.

Frédéric Neyrat (Author)
Frederic Neyrat is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is editor of Alienocene, an online journal that charts the environmental humanities and contemporary theory. His first book in English (following thirteen in French) is Atopias: Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism (Fordham, 2018).
Steven Shaviro (Foreword By)
Steven Shaviro is DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University.
Walt Hunter (Translator)
Walt Hunter is Assistant Professor of World Literature at Clemson University. He is co-translator of Frédéric Neyrat’s Atopias: Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism.
Lindsay Turner (Translator)
Lindsay Turner is Assistant Professor of English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver.

Everything is in flux, as we are told over and over again. And yet, these are fluxes in which nothing ever really changes. . . . Other thinkers have characterized globalized and financialized capitalism in this way; Neyrat sees it as a dilemma for critical thought as well. . . . In a world where anything can be anyplace, and anything can switch places with anything else, philosophy must insist on its power to be, not everyplace, but noplace. It must never fit in, but always disturb its context, . . . maintaining a relation with the very Outside that our dominant social, economic, and intellectual conditions seek to deny or suppress. . . . Above all, Atopias is a work of ethics, exhorting us to recognize and find room for the many forms of existence with whom we share our planet.

—from Steven Shaviro’s Foreword