Paul Virilio

Paul Virilio is one of the most exciting and innovative cultural theorists produced by France in the past forty years. His work has examined the relationship between speed, vision and technology, drawing out the paradoxes of modernity and the implications of scientific progress and social acceleration for war, politics and the media. His development of new concepts such as dromology and the 'integral accident' have had far-reaching implications for fields as diverse as aesthetics, political theory and architecture. Innovative, idiosyncratic and constantly shifting, Virilio's unique perspective is of great value for anyone who wishes to understand one of the fastest periods of change in history. Polity has published multiple works by Virilio, including some of his most powerful meditations on the nature of history, capitalism and science, such as The Great Accelerator, The Futurism of the Instant and The University of Disaster.