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What Is Information?


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Translators' Introduction
Eric Hayot and Lea Pao
1. Information and Myth
2. Legacies
3. Articles of Faith
4. Information Concepts Today
5. Methodical Repair Work
6. Consequences
Translators' Acknowledgments
Peter Janich: A Partial Bibliography

About the Author

Peter Janich (1942-2016) was a German philosopher of science and the author of some thirty books and more than two hundred articles. His work has been translated into Italian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and English.Eric Hayot is distinguished professor of comparative literature and Asian studies at Pennsylvania State University and the author of four books, most recently The Elements of Academic Style. Lea Pao is assistant professor of German studies at Stanford University.


"Peter Janich's What is Information? is a philosophical unicorn. This short, punchy text offers civil defense against philosophical catastrophe. It is a one-stop shop for repairing conceptual sloppiness in how we talk about information. Written with a sly wit, it is not only abstract: its extended meditation on various technologies breaks fresh ground in the philosophy and history of media. Janich joins a multi-tongued chorus proclaiming that bad things happen when we let media get away with pretending to be invisible."-John Durham Peters, author of The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media

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