dromology

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Etymology[edit]

< French dromologie < δρόμος (drómos, race, running, racetrack, course, path) + λόγος (lógos, account, explanation, narrative); term coined by the French philosopher Paul Virillo to discuss the importance of speed in warfare and communication.

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dromology (uncountable)

  1. (philosophy) The science or logic of speed.
    • 1989, Patrick Camiller (tr.), Paul Virilio (auth.), War and Cinema: The Logistics of Perception, Verso, 0-86091-928-5, page 35,
      Everything in this sunlit world is dedicated to speed. Even the tomb contains the instruments of dromology (sophisticated vehicles, chariots, vessels), and sovereign Death is represented holding a symbolic whip and bit tightly to his chest.

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