Writings

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U of Minnesota Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 229 pages
A number of essays gathered here introduce and elaborate Flusser's theory of communication. While taking dystopian, posthuman visions of communication technologies into account, Flusser celebrates their liberatory and humanizing aspects. Other essays present Flusser's thoughts on the future of writing, the revolutionary nature of photography, and his unconventional concept of posthistory. Taken together, these essays confirm Flusser's importance and prescience within contemporary philosophy.
 

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Contents

What Is Communication?
3
On the Theory of Communication
8
Line and Surface
21
The Codifled World
35
CriteriaCrisisCriticism
42
The True Aesthetic Criterion
51
Betrayal
58
The Future of Writing
63
Photography and History
126
A Historiography Revised
132
The Vanity of History
138
On the End of History
143
Waiting for Kafka
150
Orders of Magnitude and Humanism
160
Celebrating
165
Designing Cities
172

Images in the New Media
70
On the Crisis of Our Models
75
Change of Paradigms
85
Taking Up Residence in Homelessness
91
Exile and Creativity
104
A New Imagination
110
Mythical Historical and Posthistorical Existence
117
Humanizations
181
Essays
192
In Search of Meaning Philosophical Selfportrait
197
Selected Bibliography
209
Copyright and Original Publication Information
219
Index
227
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