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Thinking the Problematic

Genealogies and Explorations between Philosophy and the Sciences


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Oliver Leistert(Hg.), Isabell Schrickel(Hg.), Thinking the Problematic (2020), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839446409

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Beschreibung / Abstract

The notion of »the problematic« has changed its meaning within the history of power and knowledge since the early 20th century, leading up to today's performative, neocybernetic fascination with generalized management ideas and technocratic models of science. This book explores central scenes, conceptual elaborations, and practical affiliations of what historically has been called »the problem« or »the problematic«. By way of considering modes of problematization as modes of inhabitation, intervention, and transformation the contributions map its current conceptual-political uses as well as onto-epistemological challenges. Thus, »problematization« is positioned as a critical concept that links, often in intricate ways, several currents from speculative philosophy to the formation of interdisciplinary fields. The »problematic«, as it turns out, has been the source of change in philosophy and the sciences all along.


Oliver Leistert is a media and technologies researcher at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. He did his doctorate in media studies at University Paderborn and was a research fellow at Central European University in Budapest.
Isabell Schrickel is a doctoral researcher at Leuphana University. Her main areas of research are the history of science, environmental humanities and media studies.


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  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction to Thinking the Problematic: Decentring as Method and Ethos
  • The Problems of Modern Societies — Epistemic Design around 1970
  • The Problematic of Transdisciplinary Sustainability Sciences
  • A Genealogical Perspective on the Problematic: From Jacques Martin to Louis Althusser
  • ‘The problem itself persists’: Problems as Missing Links between Concepts and Theories in Canguilhem’s Historical Epistemology
  • Compositional Methodology: On the Individuation of a Problematic of the Contemporary
  • From Critique to Problems and the Politics of the In-act with Bergson, Deleuze and James
  • Pragmatics of a World To-Be-Made
  • About the Authors

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