Gilles Châtelet

Gilles Châtelet (1944–1999) was a mathematician and philosopher and a leading member of the Front homosexuel d'action révolutionnaire (FHAR). He was Professor at the University of Paris VIII, and Program Director at the Collège Internationale de philosophie.

  • Enchantment of the Virtual

    Enchantment of the Virtual

    Mathematics, Physics, Philosophy

    Gilles Châtelet

    Collected essays, interviews, and reviews by the late French philosopher and mathematician.

    This rich collection brings together a set of newly translated essays, dialogues, and reviews by Gilles Châtelet (1944–1999). Châtelet was not only a philosopher, political theorist, theorist of individuation and of the magnification of human freedoms, but also a talented mathematician and an original theorist of the virtual, the diagram, and the gesture.

    With their characteristic ebullience and speculative agility in transporting concepts between different fields, Châtelet's polymath interrogations were an acknowledged inspiration to his fellow philosophers, including Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou.

    In the essays collected in this volume, Châtelet explores the articulation between mathematics and physical reality, algebra and geometry, romanticism and science, finite beings and the infinite manifestations of nature, and gesture and abstraction. The book also offers interviews with Châtelet and review articles in which he reckons with contemporaries including Badiou, Deleuze, Roger Penrose, and René Thom.

    The extensive introduction by Châtelet's former colleague Charles Alunni outlines the life and career of this “last romantic philosopher” and the continuing importance of his work for our understanding of the relationships between the mathematical and the physical, the abstract and the concrete, and scientific thinking and the politics of liberation.

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  • To Live and Think Like Pigs

    To Live and Think Like Pigs

    The Incitement of Envy and Boredom in Market Democracies

    Gilles Châtelet

    A startlingly prescient treatise on the cybernetic automation of society and a burlesque satire of its middle-class celebrants.

    An uproarious portrait of the evils of the market and a technical manual for its innermost ideological workings, this is the story of how the perverted legacy of liberalism sought to knead Marx's “free peasant” into a statistical “average man”—pliant raw material for the sausage-machine of postmodernity.

    Combining the incandescent wrath of the betrayed comrade with the acute discrimination of the mathematician-physicist, Châtelet scrutinizes the pseudoscientific alibis employed to naturalize “market democracy” and the “triple alliance” between politics, economics, and cybernetics.

    A bestseller in France on its publication in 1998, this book remains crucial reading for any future politics that wants to replace individualism with individuation and libertarianism with liberation, this new translation constitutes a major contribution to contemporary debate on neoliberalism, economics, and capitalist subjectivation.

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