Objectivity, Fiction and New Media Digital Technologies Elaborated through Death

  • Marina Gržinić Mauhler Research Centre of the Slovenian Academu of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Philosophy
Keywords: new materialism, time, society, contingency, the object


The text elaborates on the relations of objectivity and materiality fiction and those of virtuality produced by new media and digital technologies. It presents and elaborates a critique of the two most relevant debates in contemporary philosophy and theory, the relation of materialism to what is termed the “new materialism,” which is proposed as a substitute for what in the modernist era formed the relation between objectivity, materialism and realism, and then proceeds to expose the difference between thanatopolitics and necropolitics.


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How to Cite
Gržinić MauhlerM. Objectivity, Fiction and New Media Digital Technologies Elaborated through Death. FV [Internet]. 2020Dec.31 [cited 2021Apr.15];41(3). Available from: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/filozofski-vestnik/article/view/9876