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The Virilio Dictionary

Edited by John Armitage

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The first dictionary dedicated to the pioneering work of French art and technology critic Paul Virilio

In Virilio's writings, meanings and interpretations are often difficult and ambiguous. This dictionary guides you through his concepts with headwords including Accident, Body, Cinema, Deterritorialization and Eugenics. Explore the very edge of Virilio’s pioneering thought in cultural and social theory with the entries on Foreclosure, Grey Ecology, Polar Inertia and the Overexposed City.

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Introduction, John Armitage
Entries A–Z
Notes on Contributors.

About the Author

John Armitage is Professor of Media Arts and Co-Director of the Winchester Luxury Research Group at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. John’s research interests include luxury and visual culture, new media art, continental philosophy, and the critical theory of technology. He is the founder and co-editor of the Duke University Press journal Cultural Politics.


Paul Virilio is one of the most provocative and original thinkers of the contemporary era, and The Virilio Dictionary, expertly edited and introduced by John Armitage, provides a splendid over-view and presentation of the key concepts and ideas proliferating in Virilio’s diverse and multifaceted works. The entries are clear and engaging, and provide an excellent access to one of the key thinkers of our time.

- Douglas Kellner, George F. Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education, UCLA

Finally all the facets of Paul Virilio's visionary work expertly analysed and summarised in one book. A truly amazing project which reads like science-fiction in the present tense.

- Sylvere Lotringer, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University, Founder, Semiotext(e)

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