Battle for the Internet

Battle for the Internet

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites. Think about...

Jean Baudrillard and the System of Objects

JEAN BAUDRILLARD (1929-2007) The System of Objects (1968) “GARAP” Jean Baudrillard, the versatile French philosopher was a prolific writer whose chief claims to fame are his postmodern refutation of traditional Marxism and his influential articulation of...

Frederic Jameson and Postmodernity, Part Three

FREDERIC JAMESON (1934-) Postmodernism and Consumer Society (1983) Part  Three As a literary scholar, Frederic Jameson was trained in the generation of “close reading” and has used literary analysis combined with a neo-Marxism of Karl Marx and the idea of...

Frederic Jameson and Postmodernity, Part Two

FREDERIC JAMESON (1934-) Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1984) Part  Two In Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1984) Frederic Jameson (1934-) examined film and architecture as forms of postmodernist culture that displayed...

Now I Have Become Death: Picturing the Bomb

PICTURING THE BOMB PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE SECRET WORLD OF THE MANHATTAN PROJECT Pasadena City College Art Galllery October 5-Novemeber 12, 2011 One of the strangest confluences in art history was the painter, Georgia O’Keeffe, and the father of the atomic bomb, Robert...

Frederic Jameson and Postmodernity, Part One

FREDERIC JAMESON (1934-) Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1984) Part One In 1992, Charles Jencks summed up his definition of the Postmodern in ”The Post-Modern Agenda” by saying the over the past ten years the debate had centered on whether the...

Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction

Deconstruction The Truth in Painting (1987) In 1905 Paul Cézanne wrote to the younger artist, Emile Bernard, “I owe you the truth in painting and I will tell it to you.” One can immediately imagine how Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) would have seized upon such a...

Jacques Derrida and the Center

“Force and  Signification” (1967) De-centering the Center It should never be presumed that Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) attempted to solve problems or to promote new solutions. His mission as a philosopher was quite different: Derrida was a Deconstructor or...

Jacques Derrida and “Différance”

Différance (1968) Différance and Deferral Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was a prolific writer who had the disconcerting ability to use a thousand words when one or two would do. Différance is typical of his poetic excess and opens with I will speak, therefore, of a...

Jacques Derrida and Logos

NATURE AS CULTURE: DERRIDA’S TRACE The Problem with Origins Following his tour de force presentation of “Structure Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences” in 1967, Jacques Derrida astonishingly published three books: De la...

The Metaphysics of Structuralism

DERRIDA AND THE DECONSTRUCTION OF THE STRUCTURE  Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourses of Human Sciences (1966) Jacques Derrida’s (1921-2004) full frontal attack on the movement that had just ended the reign of Existentialism, was not only on the...

Jacques Derrida and Post-Structuralism

JACQUES DERRIDA (1921 – 2004) The Path to Post-Structualism Jacques Derrida was a notoriously difficult philosopher to comprehend, especially for Americans, who are baffled by his writing style and his purpose. Americans, being pragmatic, prefer ideas that can...

Claude Lévi-Strauss and Structuralism

CLAUDE LÉVI-STRAUSS (1908-2009) Structuralism and Anthropology Although it has long roots, stretching back to the beginning of the twentieth century, Structuralism found a home in philosophy and reigned as the leading movement from the beginning of the 1950s to the...

How Structuralism Became “Post”

THE STRUCTURE OF STRUCTURALISM Structuralism Every society has its songs, its dances, the stories it tells, the myths it makes, the histories it writes. Every culture has ways of loving and mating, way of forming families and raising children. Each tribe has its...

Jean-François Lyotard and the Figural, Part Two

Discours/Figure (1971) Part Two: Veduta In 1971, in the wake of Jacques Derrida’s 1966 presentation Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, the Deconstruction of Structuralism was well under way....

Jean-François Lyotard and the Figural, Part One

Discours/Figure (1971) Part One Perhaps because Jean-François Lyotard was a prolific and sometimes too hasty writer (as he termed himself), the reader is a witness to the development of the philosopher over time. Discours, figure was translated into English decades...

Jean-François Lyotard on the Sublime, Part Three

Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime Part Three In Ticket to a New Decor, Jean-François Lyotard wrote of “anamesis,” a key concept in his account of the sublime. In the Platonic sense, anamesis is a form of pre-conscious collective memory that must be...

Jean-François Lyotard and the Sublime, Part Two

Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime (1991) Part Two   The definition of aesthetics has always been difficult to grasp and perhaps what is more interesting in attempts to define aesthetics is the fact that in the middle of the eighteenth century, philosophers deemed...

Jean-François Lyotard and the Sublime, Part One

Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime (1991) Part One The way in which the mind of Jean-François Lyotard worked was slow and systematic and thorough. The notion of the potential injustice in language games appeared in The Postmodern Condition: A Report on...
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