Philosophical accelerationism is a tendency that first crystallized as a separate intellectual direction in Britain in the mid-1990s. Around the culturally critical collective CCRU (Cybernetic Culture Research Unit) at the University of Warwick in England, a radical and interdisciplinary environment formed that combined avant-garde French theory, science fiction-inspired pop culture, sociology, politics and technology studies in its search for a future ideological project. could correspond to what they perceived as the contemporary need for a new intellectual paradigm.
CCRU was officially established by the cyberfeminist Sadie Plant, who between 1995 and 1997 was employed by the Institute of Philosophy in Warwick. CCRU was a loosely composed group that consisted of both students and staff at the university. Thinkers such as Nick Land, Stephen Metcalf, Mark Fisher, Iain Hamilton Grant, Reza Negarestani, Robin Mackay, Ray Brassier and Kodwo Eshun were at various times associated with the CCRU. In the time after Sadie Plant left the University of Warwick, Nick Land took over as the leader of the collective, and in its active period until 2003, CCRU's work became increasingly experimental and transcendental in relation to the academic. . .