Peter Szendy

Peter Szendy is David Herlihy Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature at Brown University and musicological advisor for the concert programs at the Paris Philharmonie. His books include Of Stigmatology: Punctuation as Experience; All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage; Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World; Kant in the Land of Extraterrestrials; Hits: Philosophy in the Jukebox; and Listen: A History of Our Ears..


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  1. The Supermarket of the Visible
    The Supermarket of the Visible elaborates a political economy of the images that saturate our world. From the first elevators and escalators (tracking shots avant la lettre) to cinema (the great conductor of gazes), all the way... Learn More
    Published: 2nd April 2019
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  2. Of Stigmatology

    Of Stigmatology

    Punctuation as Experience

    Written by Peter Szendy, Translated by Jan Plug

    Series Verbal Arts: Studies in Poetics

    Fordham University Press

    What if our existence is a product of its interruptions? What if the words that structure our lives are themselves governed by the periods and commas that bring them to a close, or our images by the cinematic cuts that mark them... Learn More
    Published: 9th January 2018
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  3. All Ears

    All Ears

    The Aesthetics of Espionage

    Written by Peter Szendy, Translated by Roland Végső

    Fordham University Press

    An archeology of auditory surveillance combined with an analysis of representations of spying in works of literature, music, and film that provide philosophical reflections on the drives that animate listening: the drive for mastery... Learn More
    Published: 1st December 2016
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  4. Phantom Limbs

    Phantom Limbs

    On Musical Bodies

    Written by Peter Szendy, Translated by Will Bishop

    Fordham University Press

    In an exploration of the many ways that musical bodies have been trained and imagined but also concrete analyses of the ways certain of them have played, Phantom Limbs touches on the technical apparatuses set into place by organology... Learn More
    Published: 2nd November 2015
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  5. Apocalypse-Cinema


    2012 and Other Ends of the World

    Written by Peter Szendy, Translated by Will Bishop, Foreword by Samuel Weber

    Fordham University Press

    By analyzing many films, by drawing on the philosophy of Lyotard, Nancy, and Derrida, this book suggest that in the apocalyptic genre, cinema is at work on its limit. Apocalypse-cinema is both the end of the world and the end... Learn More
    Published: 1st September 2015
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  6. Kant in the Land of Extraterrestrials
    Kant has taken seriously, as no one else in the history of philosophy did, the existence of extraterrestrials. Their central role in his thought allows for a new approach of cosmopolitanism, in a tight dialogue with Carl Schmitt.... Learn More
    Published: 2nd September 2013
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  7. Hits


    Philosophy in the Jukebox

    Written by Peter Szendy, Translated by Will Bishop

    Fordham University Press

    Hits: Philosophy in the Jukebox is an extraordinary foray into what apple has convinced us is “the soundtrack of our lives.” How does music come to inhabit us, to possess and haunt us? What does it mean that a piece of music... Learn More
    Published: 3rd April 2012
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  8. Prophecies of Leviathan

    Prophecies of Leviathan

    Reading Past Melville

    Written by Peter Szendy, Translated by Gil Anidjar

    Fordham University Press

    Reading Melville is not only reading. Reading Melville means being already engaged in the abyssal process of reading reading. Reading what reading is and what reading does.With Melville, Prophecies of Leviathan argues that reading,... Learn More
    Published: 3rd January 2010
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  9. Listen


    A History of Our Ears

    Written by Peter Szendy, Foreword by Jean-Luc Nancy, Translated by Charlotte Mandell

    Fordham University Press

    In this intimate meditation on listening, Peter Szendy examines what the role of the listener is, and has been, through the centuries. The role of the composer is clear, as is the role of the musician, but where exactly does the... Learn More
    Published: 15th January 2008
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