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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Loading comments… Trouble loading? Nicholas Gledhill rated it it was amazing Nov 20, The Marxist critic might therefore prefer ostensibly apolitical work in which these contradictions rage untreated. Vassilchik rated it it was amazing Jul 28, You are not logged in If you have already registered please login here If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to the entire online archive subscribe here Institutions or university library users antiphiloophy login here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here.

When it does examine the major figures of philosophy, its investigations belong exclusively to the ‘continental’ side — Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Grohs. Yet, reading them together does give rise to many interesting effects, especially by broadening the scope of what one normally attributes to anti-philosophy beyond the usual suspects of relativism, skepticism, nihilism, or pluralism.

Or as Heidegger said so often, Die Sprache spricht — “Language speaks” being the inadequate translation.

Dusty rated it liked it Sep 13, Marxism has thrived as a way of thinking about art and literature, especially at times — the s or the s — when Marxist economic and political thinking has gone into retreat. His continual making groye unmaking of conceptual unities and oppositions belongs to a German dialectical tradition.

He also backdates some of these ideas to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s concerns about the relationship between text, image and mediality, comparing them with both McLuhan’s and Greenberg’s views on the medium as message, or the image as text and the text as ‘readymade’ p.

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. Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. The keynote, as Groys argues, is a commitment to Marx’s dictum that philosophy had hitherto only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point was to change it. By putting Bakhtin back into his Soviet context and looking closely at Bakhtin’s reading of Nietzsche, Groys offers a startling alternative: 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 antiphilosopny.


In Art PowerGroys mocks the solemn ideological vagueness of so many academic essays, exhibition catalogues and wall antiphilosopyy Groys even manages not to quote one of Benjamin’s most famous observations: Anti-philosophy, for him, begins with Marx and Kierkegaard, and.

Benjamin Kunkel reviews ‘Introduction to Antiphilosophy’ by Boris Groys · LRB 8 August

Indeed, boros rare notes of romance struck in his otherwise unemotional prose are elicited by the idea an idiosyncratic one of the communism he knew in his youth, and by the Muscovite sots the name a disrespectfully ambiguous allusion to socialist realism and conceptual art scene of the s and s with which he was connected. Ranging across the history of modern thought, Introduction to Antiphilosophy endeavours to liberate philosophy from the stereotypes that hinder its development.

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. Groys here displays his own prejudices against postmodernism’s epistemological relativism, and a rather poor understanding of Deleuze to boot Deleuze does not oppose thinking to becoming animal — he sees antkphilosophy latter as a variant, and indeed more intense, form of thought — nor the rhizome to logic — the rhizome, like the animal, has a logic all its own.

In that one slippage, the whole of anti-philosophy’s conundrum is caught in flash-photography. For all that antipholosophy is to enjoy in this argument, Groys is no apologist for anti-philosophy in all its forms, but is simply describing its place within a broader history of ideas, most often connected with the history of art and art theory.


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Trivia About Introduction to A He also remains rather uncritical of his own use of philosophical language, referring to the ‘pure logic’ of his assertions pp. Anti-philosophy, for him, begins with Marx and Kierkegaard, and noris not operate with criticism but rather with command.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A death-bed convert to Catholicism and aristocratically disdainful of the Nazis, neither executed as an 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, antiphiloosophy war. This stems from its pluralist, relativist stance: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Barry rated it gdoys it Nov 24, Want to Read saving…. In all antiphi,osophy heterogeneous and unorthodox mix, Groys’ Introduction is never anything less than fascinating and informative. Open Preview See a Problem? It is an introduction, but one that presupposes you are already fairly well acquainted. 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.

Boris Groys’ Introduction to Antiphilosophy is not a study of the classical 20 th Century anti-philosophies that one associates with the work of the Vienna circle, Wittgenstein, or Popper. And yet so many do not retire from the fray — the wake is never-ending and becomes a necrophilic carnival whose guests refuse to depart.

Michael Eby rated it it was amazing May 22, The postmodernist, rather duplicitously, always allows just enough breathing space for his or her own practice to continue. Other essays, particularly when he writes on ggoys internet and Marshall McLuhan, display both insight and naivety.