Books  |  ,   |  November 16, 2019

War and Algorithm

Book by Max Liljefors, Gregor Noll And Daniel Steuer.
Published by Rowman & Littlefield International.
244 pages.

New military technologies are animated by fantasies of perfect knowledge, lawfulness, and vision that contrast sharply with the very real limits of human understanding, law, and vision. Thus, various kinds of violent acts are proliferating while their precise nature remains unclear. Especially man–machine ensembles, guided by algorithms, are operating in ways that challenge conceptual understanding.

War and Algorithm looks at the increasing power of algorithms in these emerging forms of warfare from the perspectives of critical theory, philosophy, legal studies, and visual studies. The contributions in this volume grapple with the challenges posed by algorithmic warfare and trace the roots of new forms of war in the technological practices and forms of representation of the digital age. Together, these contributions provide a first step toward understanding—and resisting—our emerging world of war.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Our Emerging World of War — Max Liljefors, Gregor Noll and Daniel Steuer
  • Prolegomena to Any Future Attempt at Understanding Our Emerging World of War — Daniel Steuer
  • Anthropokenosis and the Emerging World of War — Howard Caygill
  • War by Algorithm: The End of Law? — Gregor Noll
  • Law’s Ends: On Algorithmic Warfare and Humanitarian Violence — Sara Kendall
  • Omnivoyance and Blindness — Max Liljefors
  • Of the Pointless View: From the Ecotechnology to the Echotheology of Omnivoyant War — Allen Feldman
  • Visions — Max Liljefors, Gregor Noll and Daniel Steuer

About the Authors

  • Max Liljefors is a Professor in the Division of Art History and Visual Studies, Lund University.
  • Gregor Noll is a Professor in the Department of Law, University of Gothenburg.
  • Daniel Steuer is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton.