By Gary Hall
In Pirate Philosophy, Gary corridor considers even if the struggle opposed to the neoliberal corporatization of upper schooling in reality calls for students to remodel their very own lives and exertions. Is there a manner for philosophers and theorists to behave not only for or with the antiausterity and scholar protestors -- "graduates and not using a destiny" -- yet in phrases of their political struggles? Drawing on such phenomena as peer-to-peer dossier sharing and anticopyright/pro-piracy pursuits, corridor explores how these in academia can circulation past discovering new methods of thinking about the realm to discover in its place new methods of being theorists and philosophers within the world.
Hall describes the politics of on-line sharing, the battles opposed to the present highbrow estate regime, and the activities of nameless, LulzSec, Aaron Swartz, and others, and he explains inventive Commons and the open entry, open resource, and unfastened software program events. yet within the middle of the publication he considers how, by way of scholarly methods of making, acting, and sharing wisdom, philosophers and theorists can problem not only the neoliberal version of the entrepreneurial educational but additionally the conventional humanist version with its got rules of proprietorial authorship, the publication, originality, fixity, and the completed item. In different phrases, can students and scholars at the present time develop into anything like pirate philosophers?
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It also applies to Harman’s right of integrity, which enables him as a singular human being to claim the original ideas it contains as his intellectual property and which grants him the privilege of refusing to allow the original, fixed, and final form of Prince of Networks to be modified or distorted by others, be they humans, objects, or nonhumans such as dogs, strawberries, tsunamis, and telegrams. 29 For while a CC-BY license would mean Prince of Networks could be remixed, transformed, and built on by others just so as long as any changes made were indicated, Harman would still be retaining the right to be identified as the book’s original author and to have it attributed to him precisely as a unique human subject.
A short section has been added at the end of each chapter in Pirate Philosophy, linking it to the next, to help orientate the reader. A certain amount of cross-referencing has been provided throughout the book for the same reason. In keeping with the emphasis in this chapter on heterogeneity and nonlinearity, however, the chapters that make up Pirate Philosophy can be read as singular interventions or cuts into our ways of being, thinking, and doing as theorists and philosophers in their own right, and in more or less in any order.
Still, one of the reasons all this is happening now may be due to the fact that the humanities, like the sciences themselves, are under pressure from government, business, management, industry, and increasingly big media to prove they provide value for money in instrumental, functional, performative terms. Can the interest in computing therefore be seen as a strategic decision on the part of some of those in the humanities? ”48 At the very least, a question can be raised concerning the extent to which the adoption of practical techniques and approaches from computer science is providing some areas of the humanities with a means of defending and refreshing themselves in an era of global economic crisis and severe cuts to higher education, through the transformation of their knowledge and learning into (ideologically acceptable) quantities of information— deliverables.