I just received a proof copy of the first part of the philosophical hack.
I am noticing some minor edits still. often it takes one pair of eyes many times going over the same thing to catch all the errors.
Using Slavoj Zizek’s book “Event” as a platform, The Philosophical Hack is a hack into a conventional philosophical reality.
Now; what the hell does that mean?
First I’d like to say that this is not a book about Slavoj Zizek’s work. Rather, it uses one of his books as a platform upon which to make a point. Mr. Nathaniel is writing to a wide intelligent audience. He wrote this book in mind of those who understand the current issues of contemporary philosophy but also those who merely have an interest in philosophy but who may not know all the ins and outs. It is written in such a way that the philosophical mind will not be ostracized but will indeed be challenged. The book is meant to be an opening for those who have seen nothing but blocked paths, whether it be of the intelligencia, the Academy, or just life in general. It offers an intellectually and philosophically viable solution to a common blockage, a philosophical log jam of ‘mistaken’ concepts and applications.
It is indeed a hack. A hack in one sense is someone who knows how to use the technology but nevertheless assembles useful objects in non-conventional manners. A hack is someone who adeptly utilizes standard methods but is not employed to make marketed products.
Yet in another sense, a hack is a repeated application of a specific yet broad algorithmic protocol upon a closed problematic space.
The role of the hack is at once to disrupt and to consolidate. The hack is a check on the security of closed functional systems, as well as the impetus for its growth.
The philosophical hack takes the time to define the problematic space and in doing so, there by finds the solution which creates an opening to that closed theoretical arena.
The author’s supposition is that the problematic space is not able to find a solution to itself due to its axiomatic position of having no definable parameters. Mr. Nathaniel there by moves to show where those parameters actually exist.