Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?

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Seagull, 2009 - Nonbeing - 77 pages
"In this, one of the last texts written before his death in March 2007, Jean Baudrillard meditates poignantly on the question of disappearance. He weaves an intricate set of variations on his theme, ranging from the potential disappearance of humanity as a result of the fulfillment of its project of world mastery to the vanishing of reality through the transmutation of the real into the virtual. On the way, he takes in the more conventional question of the philosophical 'subject', whose disappearance has, in his view, been effected through a 'pulverization of consciousness into all the interstices of reality'." "With disappearance, strange things happen - not least, the return in malign, viral form of some of those things that were eliminated or repressed. Yet it also has a positive aspect, as a 'vital dimension' of the existence of things: 'Behind every image, something has disappeared. And that is the source of its fascination.'" --Book Jacket.

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I am ambivalent about Baudrillard. I enjoy reading him and often discover useful insights, but I think he tries too hard to be profound or at least sound profound. In the end, he is a second rate ... Read full review

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