Automation and Critique


Recently, Alex Galloway has argued that the return to metaphysics in the form of a philosophical realism based on the apriority of axiomatics, contingency and object-oriented theories (Badiou, Meillasoux and Harman respectively) cannot but fail the critical project of materialism and its historical analysis of neoliberal capitalism.1 He asks: “Why, within the current renaissance of research in continental philosophy, is there a coincidence between the structure of ontological systems and the structure of the most highly evolved technologies of post-Fordist capitalism?”2 To prove that an uncanny complicity of these theories with techno-capitalism exists, Galloway argues that these theories unpack the very logic by which software-grounded capitalism operates.