Collapse Volume V: The Copernican Imperative

Collapse Volume V: The Copernican Imperative (Reissued Edition)

Damian Veal (Ed.)

Published by Urbanomic
December 2012
Associate Editors: Robin Mackay, Ray Brassier
Paperback 108x175mm, 587pp

Ever since Nicolaus Copernicus unmoored the Earth from its anchorage at the centre of the Universe and set it hurtling around the Sun, science has progressively uncovered the lineaments of an objective reality to which human experience stands as only the most superficial and attenuated of abstractions.

Collapse V brings together some of the most intellectually-challenging contemporary work devoted to exploring the philosophical implications of this ever-widening gulf between the real and the intuitable from a variety of overlapping and complementary standpoints.

With articles by groundbreaking philosophers and scientists, in-depth interviews with prominent thinkers, and new work from contemporary artists, Collapse V addresses the issues of the 'deanthropomorphisation' of reality initiated by the Copernican Revolution, and the enduring chasm between the spontaneous image of reality bequeathed to us by evolution and that revealed by the sciences in the wake of Copernicus.

DAMIAN VEAL - Editorial Introduction
CARLO ROVELLI - Anaximander's Legacy
JULIAN BARBOUR - The View from Nowhen (Interview)
JAMES LADYMAN - Who's Afraid of Scientism? (Interview)
THOMAS METZINGER - Enlightenment 2.0 (Interview)
NIGEL COOKE - Thinker Dejecta
JACK COHEN AND IAN STEWART - Alien Science (Interview)
MILAN CIRKOVIC - Sailing the Archipelago
NICK BOSTROM - Where are They?
KEITH TYSON - Random Sampler from a Blocktime Animation
MARTIN SCHÖNFELD - The Phoenix of Nature
IMMANUEL KANT - On Creation in the Total Extent of its Infinity in Space and Time
IAIN HAMILTON GRANT - Prospects for Post-Copernican Dogmatism
GABRIEL CATREN - A Throw of the Quantum Dice
ALBERTO GUALANDI - Errancies of the Human
PAUL HUMPHREYS - Thinking Outside the Brain