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Published: 13 November 2012

392 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823249695

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Why It Is Necessary to Leave Traces

Maurizio Ferraris and Translated by Richard Davies

A Fordham University Press Publication

Commonalities (FUP)

  • This will be the first full book by Ferraris to be translated into English, though he should be familiar to English-language readers from his role as the interviewer in Jacques Derrida>'s frequently cited A Taste for the Secret and his contribution to the volume Religion, edited by Jacques Derrida Giannia Vattimo, which presents the papers given at the famous Capri seminar.
  • Ferraris's most ambitious book to date, Documentality develops an ontology of social objects on the basis of the claim that registration or inscription--the leaving of a trace to be called up later--is what is most fundamental to them.
  • The book draws heavily on media, new media and technology, so it should appeal beyond philosophers to the wide range of people interested in media studie. It should also appeal to the wave of current interest in theories of matter, things, and objects.