Introduction-to-antiphilosophyst. Introduction-to- antiphilosophyst. Introduction to Antiphilosophy. by Boris Groys. Introduction to Antiphilosophy has 45 ratings and 0 reviews. Philosophy is traditionally understood as the search for universal truths, and philosophers. Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University, and also a Professor of.

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A death-bed convert to Catholicism and aristocratically disdainful gdoys the Nazis, neither executed as obris inspiration for the Stauffenberg plot by the Gestapo nor tried at Nuremberg as an inspiration to Hitler, he was nonetheless the closest Germany came to an Italian futurist, a lover not of truth, but war. Daniel Carlsson rated it liked it Mar 27, Certainly, the title of the Preface to the English edition offers us another key-term that could well act as a leitmotif for the emergence of anti-philosophy in the 20 th Century: This stems from its pluralist, relativist stance: Born to Russian parents in Berlin inGroys grew up and was educated in Leningrad; at university he studied mathematical logic and linguistics.

These anti-philosophers, broadly speaking, begin with Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, and, mediated by Heidegger, lead into so-called “continental philosophy”: In the preface he admits that “the texts that are collected in this book were written at different times, for different purposes, in different languages, and initially they were not intended to be read together”.

Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys

What it is reflects its author’s research as an art critic and media theorist who is best known for writing The Total Art of Stalinism As such, Shestov concludes in Groys’ words’only a very few need philosophy: The result has often been a somewhat paradoxical model of art-making, in which the deliberate creations of the artist passively transmit unsuspected historical meaning.

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Jake rated it liked it Jun 14, The command is issued to change the world, instead of explaining it; or to become an animal, instead of continuing to think; or to transform one’s own body into a body without organs, and think rhizomically instead of logically.

Valisa Iskandar rated it it was amazing Dec 09, Alfred rated it really liked it Nov 28, I would like to draw some parallels between ‘anti-art’ and what I call, by analogy, ‘antiphilosophy’.

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Introduction to Antiphilosophy

Anti-philosophy, for him, begins with Marx and Kierkegaard, and does not operate with criticism but rather with command. As for work by artists with obvious progressive allegiances, the usual approach is to congratulate it for raising political questions but to fight shy of definite answers.

It has been less clear to what extent socialist theories of art could also serve as theories of socialist art. Jack rated it it was amazing Oct 04, B oris Groys, who has the trepidation-inducing title of Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University, is the author of The Total Art of Stalinisma provocative essay in which he argues that the avant garde desire to transform the entirety of reality, to make life itself into a unitary art work, found a form of twisted completion in Stalinism.

Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys – review

If the likes of Derrida, for example, were consistent in their philosophical nihilism, then they would also renounce their own heroic status as master thinkers and, indeed, the practice itself of the discipline as a transcendental, hegemonic discourse whether this is fair, at least to Derrida, is a moot point. If you close only one eye, the image could as easily be product upon product lavished on the feet of Capital.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Karl rated it it was amazing Sep 28, Mat rated it it was amazing May 05, Guy Blissett rated it really liked it Oct 11, Whereas the modernist says that the end of philosophy has already occurred at some point in the past and whatever appears to be happening now is only pure repetition, the postmodernist argues that the end of philosophy is either about to occur at some future point or is only now occurring in the event of his or her own enunciation.

Nor is it ‘introductory’ in the sense of systematically setting out the fundamental principles and common strategies of anti-philosophy in relativism, skepticism, nihilism, or pluralismbe they historical or contemporary examples.

A traditional philosopher is like a traditional artist: There is a pressing need for an unpatronising book that outlines these fractious, contradictory and ennobling thinkers for an intelligent rather than a specialist botis, though that is not what Groys has written. Yet there is no Hegelian or Adornian heaviness in someone who can write: Trivia About Booris to A Michael Eby rated it it was amazing May 22, In practice, discussions of work by radicals in capitalist societies or by cultural revolutionaries in socialist ones have succumbed too easily to the idealism that historical materialism sought to overturn, as if the conscious politics of an Eisenstein, a Brecht or a Paul Robeson could secure the meaning and effect of his art.

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The big question is how seriously he means to be taken, and how seriously he can be taken.

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Here, the emphasis is on a mode of anti-art rather than dealing directly with its analogue in anti-philosophy, the anti-art here being constituted through the world-making power of ordinary objects, taken up and reworked as artful van Gogh’s shoes, and so on.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The authors I treat in this book can be understood as a ready-made philosophers, by analogy with the ready-made artists.

Adorno meant to dedicate Aesthetic Theory to Beckett, and the few other modernists he singles out for praise Kafka, Schoenberg and Celan among them give off some of the same feeling of emotional irremediability and formal intransigence. In western versions, Bakhtin’s “carnivalesque” has often been read as a sly opposition to the totalitarian: The Marxist critic might therefore prefer ostensibly apolitical work in which these contradictions rage untreated.

Production of philosophy can be interpreted as an extraordinary, mysterious, ‘poetic’ process that is accessible only to a chosen few. The postmodernist, rather duplicitously, always allows just enough breathing space for his or her own practice to continue. The other essays of particular interest to philosophers of a standard hue are on Derrida and Benjamin.