"We Become Death": An Essay on Distraction


  • Adam Lovasz ELTE


Chaos, Deleuze, Noise, Ontology, Speculative Philosophy,



Distraction is often held by the relevant literature to be an environmental factor, a nuissance at best, at worst a danger that must be suppressed and eradicated. Through our essay, we seek to outline an alternative approach to the aesthetics of distraction. We argue that deviant noise has an important role to play in philosophy, aesthetics and media studies, for it is more than mere distraction. Distracting, noisy entities, in actuality, bring to our attention the finitude of our existence, highlighting the everpresent immanence of death. We may even arrive at a kind of community with the Otherness of noise, cutting through networks of control and arriving at acceptance of impossibility. The deviant that distracts is actually an invitation for us to rethink our relation to the environment and, indeed, the at times rigid borderlines separating subjectivity from the ecology of its own finitude.


chaos, death, distraction, noise, redundancy

Author Biography

Adam Lovasz, ELTE

Adam Lovasz is a philosopher and independent researcher based in Budapest, currently affiliated with ELTE University. He is co-founder of Absentology Collective, a center for postmodern and speculative realist theory. He has published numerous books and essays in multiple languages. Adam's latest book, entitled The System of Absentology in Ontological Philosophy, appeared in November 2016. His areas of interest include phenomenology, ontology, as well as philosophies of the body. Adam has also published essays and short stories in numerous journals, including Balkon, Helios Quarterly, Hysteria, and Vestiges.




How to Cite

Lovasz, A. (2019). "We Become Death": An Essay on Distraction. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 15(1), 387–401. Retrieved from https://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/586