(Free) Essays on Extinction by Claire Colebrook

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Death of the PostHuman undertakes a series of critical encounters with the legacy of what had come to be known as ‘theory,’ and its contemporary supposedly post-human aftermath. There can be no redemptive post-human future in which the myopia and anthropocentrism of the species finds an exit and manages to emerge with ecology and life. At the same time, what has come to be known as the human – despite its normative intensity – can provide neither foundation nor critical lever in the Anthropocene epoch. Death of the PostHuman argues for a twenty-first century deconstruction of ecological and seemingly post-human futures.


Sex After Life aims to consider the various ways in which the concept of life has provided normative and moralizing ballast for queer, feminist and critical theories. Arguing against a notion of the queer as counter-normative, Sex After Life appeals to the concept of life as a philosophical problem. Life is neither a material ground nor a generative principle, but can nevertheless offer itself for new forms of problem formation that exceed the all too human logics of survival.

Claire Colebrook is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Penn State University, and author of 11 books and numerous articles on Ethics, Deleuze, Milton, Evil in literary history and aesthetics. She is currently working on a monograph about human extinction.

“The concept of the anthropocene, though still contested, has now become so embedded in academic discourse that we might even want to ask about the post-anthropocene. Before we consign the anthropocene to a geological past, it might be worthwhile to question the very possibility of such concepts. At the heart of philosophy and techno-science there lies a division of labor and a sexual contract. It is that contract of division that enables the urbanity that at once opens the anthropocene and allows for it’s theorisation. Our freedom and our demise emerge from the same urban, acquisitive and sexualised imperative: to speak and work in common.”