This book demonstrates how and why vitalism—the idea that life cannot be explained by the principles of mechanism—matters now. Vitalism resists closure and reductionism in the life sciences while simultaneously addressing the object of life itself. The aim of this collection is to consider the questions that vitalism makes it possible to ask: questions about the role and status of life across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities and questions about contingency, indeterminacy, relationality and change. All have special importance now, as the concepts of complexity, artificial life and artificial intelligence, information theory, and cybernetics become increasingly significant in more and more fields of activity.
Mariam Fraser, Sarah Kember and Celia Lury
On the Vitality of Vitalism
Information and Knowledge
The Performativity of Code
Software and Cultures of Circulation
'Contemplating a Self-portrait as a Pharmacist'
The New Economy, Property and Personhood
N Katherine Hayles
Computing the Human
Making Music Matter