Thinking alongside The Last Humanity

Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca in Conversation with Katerina Kolozova, Anthony Paul Smith and John Ó Maoilearca

  • Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca Amsterdam University of the Arts
  • Katerina Kolozova Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities - Skopje
  • Anthony Paul Smith La Salle University
  • John Ó Maoilearca Kingston University
Keywords: Laruelle, ecology, non-philosophy, human, nonhuman, animal, equality, violence


This is a conversation in response to François Laruelle's recent book, The Last Humanity: The New Ecological Science. Published in French in 2015, Anthony Paul Smith’s English translation of the book is due to appear in November 2020. For this conversation, performance researcher Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca sent questions about the book to three leading scholars of non-philosophy who also have specific interest and expertise in the question of the nonhuman, animality and ecology: Katerina Kolozova, Anthony Paul Smith and John Ó Maoilearca. All quotations in the text are from Anthony Paul Smith’s forthcoming translation (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020).

Author Biographies

Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca, Amsterdam University of the Arts

Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca is Professor and Head of DAS Graduate School at the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam, and Director of the Centre for Performance Philosophy at the University of Surrey. Her books include: The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy (2020) and Theatres of Immanence: Deleuze and the Ethics of Performance (2012).

Katerina Kolozova, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities - Skopje

Katerina Kolozova is Director and Professor of Gender Studies and Philosophy at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities - Skopje and Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University American College Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia. Her books include: Capitalism’s Holocaust of Animals: A Non-Marxist Critique of Capital, Philosophy and Patriarchy (2019) and Cut of The Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy (2014).

Anthony Paul Smith, La Salle University

Anthony Paul Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Theology at La Salle University. His books include: A Non-Philosophical Theory of Nature: Ecologies of Thought (2013) and Laruelle: A Stranger Thought (2016).

John Ó Maoilearca, Kingston University

John Ó Maoilearca is Professor of Film and Television at Kingston University, London. His books include: All Thoughts are Equal: Laruelle and Nonhuman Philosophy (2015) and Refractions of Reality: Philosophy and the Moving Image (2009).

How to Cite
Ó Maoilearca, L., Kolozova, K., Smith, A., & Ó Maoilearca, J. (2020). Thinking alongside The Last Humanity. Oraxiom: A Journal of Non-Philosophy, 1(1), 170-180. Retrieved from