From the perspective of philosophy, cultural and literary studies as well as art and design this anthology addresses the purportedly opposed relationship between matter or materiality and the sphere of ideas or the mental. That the material and the mental depend on each other, that matter and materiality shape our thinking and characterize our interaction with artifacts, was ignored a long time, especially in the field of the arts. Against this backdrop, the articles in the book deal with the materiality of seemingly immaterial phenomena like light, electromagnetic radiation and odours but also classic materials like plastics, lead and paper. With contributions by Peter Sloterdijk, Thomas Macho, Cornelia Ortlieb, Claudia Mareis, among others.

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