Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? (The French List)

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“Behind every image, something has disappeared. And that is the source of its fascination,” writes French theorist Jean Baudrillard in Why Hasnt Everything Already Disappeared? In this, one of the last texts written before his death in March 2007, Baudrillard meditates poignantly on the question of disappearance. Throughout, 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 goal of world mastery to the vanishing of reality due to the continual transmutation of the real into the virtual. Along the way, he takes in the more conventional question of the philosophical “subject,” whose disappearance has, in his view, been caused by a “pulverization of consciousness into all the interstices of reality.”

Interspersed throughout the text are 15 photographs by Alain Willaume that help illustrate Baudrillard’s argument. Baudrillard insists that with disappearance, strange things happen—some things that were eliminated or repressed may return in destructive viral forms—yet at the same time, he reminds us that disappearance has a positive aspect, as a “vital dimension” of the existence of things.

           

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Chris Turner is a writer and translator who lives in Birmingham, England. He has translated Jean-Paul Sartre’s The Aftermath of WarPortraits, and Critical Essays and André Gorz’s Ecologica and The Immaterial, all published by Seagull Books. 


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A brief and meandering meditation by the late French postmodernist on the notion of the disappearance of both the real world and the human subject in modernity's drive toward objective knowledge and technological domination, this work more broadly links that disappearance with language's representational and conceptualizing dimensions. Baudrillard (Simulacra and Simulation) argues that the outcome of such a split between subject and the natural world is an absolute alienation in which both sides vanish. Distinguishing this process from any suggestions of an evolutionary trajectory, the author positions himself between a variety of poles, such as psychoanalysis, Marx, Hegel and Canetti, to characterize this disappearance as psychological or metaphysical rather than natural, and hence emphasizes its threatening aspects. By turns lucid and impenetrable, the prose makes frequent recourse to art and in particular photography to exemplify the distance between the human and the natural. With Willaume's images adding little by way of insight or illumination, the text neither undermines nor extends the theoretical framework laid out in previous writings, though perhaps offers, by virtue of its brevity, a good insight into the provocative theorist. (Oct.)
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Book Description Seagull Books, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. First edition. ?Behind every image, something has disappeared. And that is the source of its fascination,? writes French theorist Jean Baudrillard in Why Hasn?t Everything Already Disappeared? In this, one of the last texts written before his death in 2007, Baudrillard meditates poignantly on the question of disappearance. Throughout, 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 goal of world mastery to the vanishing of reality due to the continual transmutation of the real into the virtual. Along the way, he takes in the more conventional question of the philosophical ?subject,? whose disappearance has, in his view, been caused by a ?pulverization of consciousness into all the interstices of reality.? Interspersed throughout the text are photographs by Alain Willaume that help illustrate Baudrillard?s argument. Baudrillard insists that with disappearance, strange things happen?some things that were eliminated or repressed may return in destructive viral forms? yet at the same time, he reminds us that disappearance has a positive aspect, as a ?vital dimension? of the existence of things. French theorist Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) was one of the foremost intellectual figures of the present age whose work combines philosophy, social theory and an idiosyncratic cultural metaphysics that reflects on key events of the epoch. Some of his major works include The System of Objects (1968), Simulacra and Simulation (1981), The Gulf War Did Not Take Place (1991) and Utopia Deferred (2006). Printed Pages: 72. Seller Inventory # 3729

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