The Test Drive

The Test Drive deals with the war perpetrated by highly determined reactionary forces on science and research. How does the government at once promote and prohibit scientific testing and undercut the importance of experimentation? To what extent is testing at the forefront of theoretical and practical concerns today? Addressed to those who are left stranded by speculative thinking and unhinged by cognitive discourse, The Test Drive points to a toxic residue of uninterrogated questions raised by Nietzsche, Husserl and Derrida. Ranging from the scientific probe to modalities of testing that include the limits of friendship or love, this work explores the crucial operations of an uncontestable legitimating machine. Avital Ronell offers a tour-de-force reading of legal, pharmaceutical, artistic, scientific, Zen, and historical grids that depend upon different types of testability, involving among other issues what it means to put oneself to the test.

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By Jamie (Tabor, IA) · ★★★★★ · February 20, 2011
Remarkably testing and always challenging, Ronell's Test Drive was a profoundly personal exploration in what I'd approximate as the ethical approach to the question of the experiment. Evaluating alternate pathways which allow us to move thought forward without the hopeless problems of dialectic m... ...more