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Senseless Distributions: Posthumanist Antidotes to the Mass Hermit

Davide Sisto


This essay aims at showing how the “mass hermit”, as defined by Günther Anders, is the logical point of arrival of that philosophical process which has interpreted human subjectivity as a closed system, intended as the sum of two mechanically overlapped parts: a biological-natural one and a psychological-intellectual one. This figure is counterposed with a subject who is “always already somewhere else, trapped in a senseless distribution”, as defined by Jean Baudrillard. A subject who is intended as a “living circuit” (cf. Schelling), a multi-identity that – like with dissipative structures – is regulated by the dialectical relationship between order and chaos. This essay aims at comparing these two human figures, showing how the philosophical fruitfulness of the second figure can be ascribed to its ontological hybridization with what is not human, beyond any unproductive anthropocentric conception of humanity.


anthropocentrism; mass hermit; senseless distribution; living circuit; dissipative structure; rhizome; surpass-rebuild; technology; dualism; hybridizations

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7358/rela-2016-002-sist

Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (04/05/2012 n. 211)
Online ISSN 2280-9643 - Print ISSN 2283-3196

Executive Editor: Francesco Allegri
Associate Editor: Matteo Andreozzi 
Review Editors: Sofia Bonicalzi - Eleonora Adorni
Editorial Board:
Ralph R. Acampora - Carol J. Adams - Rod Bennison - Matthew R. Calarco - Piergiorgio Donatelli - William Grove-Fanning - Serenella Iovino - Joel MacClellan - Dario Martinelli - Roberto Marchesini - Alma Massaro - Barbara Muraca - Serpil Oppermann - Simone Pollo - Paola Sobbrio - Kim Stallwood - Sabrina Tonutti - Jessica Ullrich - Federico Zuolo