Foreword: What is it to Live?


Controlled violence, biting sarcasm, discontent with the world and with oneself in the world; the courage to hold fast, solitary, in the face of contemporary abjection—the reader will encounter all of the above in this book, and will understand why the rage to live that animated Gilles Châtelet was tempered by a terrible melancholy: the melancholy of seeing that we are solicited (and increasingly so) to live—and to think—‘like pigs’…