Dr Daniel Nemenyi read philosophy at Sussex University (BA, 2006) and the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University (MA, 2012; PhD 2019). He won an award for his masters dissertation on the politico-theological concept of the remnant, and was awarded his doctorate for a thesis entitled, 'What is an Internet? Norbert Wiener and the Society of Control'. Between his graduate and post-graduate studies Daniel was invested in climate activism and digital publishing. He joined King's Digital Humanities in 2019.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
- Cybernetics esp. Norbert Wiener
- History of computing
- Big data methodologies
- Early modern philosophy
- Post-War French philosophy
- Theories of war
Daniel's research involves conceptual histories of the present’s constitutive moments. In his doctoral thesis he takes a new approach to addressing what Gilles Deleuze calls the ‘Society of Control’ by turning to its realisation in the invention of the Internet (through JCR Licklider’s ARPA-funded networks), and its philosophical instantiation in the cybernetics of Norbert Wiener. Drawing out Wiener’s critical relation to Leibniz and Hobbes, Neo-Kantianism, Claude Bernard, Walter Cannon, Henri Bergson and Game Theory, he advances a historically-grounded conceptual grammar of ‘The Digital’ involving concepts such as information and disinformation, cryptography, machine learning, cyberwar and cyborgs, networks and internet itself. His transdisciplinary research continues along such lines, and he is currently researching the emergence of ‘cyberspace’ within the guerilla video art movement of the 1970s.
He would be interested in supervising doctoral students keen to take theoretically- and historically-grounded approaches to thinking through the digital.
For more details, please see his full research profile.
Daniel's teaching experiments with an intersection of programming, theory and politics.
Expertise and public engagement
Daniel is an editor of the journal Radical Philosophy, one of the UK's oldest self-published public-intellectual magazines. He helped lead its transition to an Open Access model in 2018 and, being a self-taught programmer, leads its website, archive and print (LaTeX) development.