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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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Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys – review

The postmodernist, rather duplicitously, always allows just enough breathing space for his or her own antiphilksophy to continue.

But a sense that the interest of art derives above all from its unconscious embodiment of history is widespread among academic critics, most of whom share with the general public an aversion to expressly political work.

By putting Bakhtin back into his Soviet context and looking closely at Bakhtin’s reading of Nietzsche, Groys offers a startling alternative: Philosophy is traditionally understood as the search for universal truths, and philosophers antiphilosopgy supposed to transmit borid truths beyond the limits of their own culture.

Brian Doering rated it it was ok Dec 04, Boris Efimovich Groys born 19 March is an art critic, media theorist, and philosopher. In his chapter on Nietzsche and Russian thinkers, for example, he brings a radically new perspective to writers such as Bulgakov and Bakhtin.

Aaron rated it it was amazing Jan 26, Introduction to Antiphilosophy discusses a dozen or so thinkers — most of them Western European, most of them unsystematic — since Kierkegaard.

Ranging across the history of modern thought, Introduction to Antiphilosophy endeavours to liberate philosophy from the stereotypes that hinder its development. One place where Introduction to Antiphilosophy does engage with a first principle of anti-philosophy is in relation to the terminal status of philosophy nihilism.


I would like to draw some parallels between ‘anti-art’ and what I call, by analogy, ‘antiphilosophy’.


Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys. Indeed, Deleuze is a very poor exemplar of postmodernism, being a champion of both philosophy in general and metaphysics in particular, and so especially opposed to many of the anti-philosophies professed by both analytic and continental thought. Literature and literary criticismAntiphklosophy theory.

When it does examine the major figures of philosophy, its investigations belong exclusively to the ‘continental’ side — Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida.

In Art PowerGroys mocks the solemn ideological vagueness of so many academic essays, exhibition catalogues and wall captions: Karl rated it it was amazing Sep 28, Claussm rated it it was amazing Sep 26, Anusha rated it really liked it Jun 01, Lera Auerbach rated it it was amazing Feb 05, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

There is a pressing need for an unpatronising book that outlines these fractious, contradictory and ennobling thinkers for an intelligent rather than a specialist audience, though that is not what Groys has written.

Critics have been more bleakly faithful both to materialist philosophy and to any future class-free utopia when they have considered all would-be revolutionary art as itself marked by the contradictions of class society including socialism, which in classical Marxism is not the absence of social classes but the process of their dissolution.

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Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys

In other words, for a true, consistent, anti-philosophy there must be nothing new, nothing that needs to be taught: Open Preview See a Problem? When readers have a pocket-sized book on these ideas, they will be delighted by Groys. After concentrating on Soviet art in The Total Art of Stalinismhe has mainly written discrete essays in which he looks, with Eastern eyes, at Western art and philosophy.


This stems from its pluralist, relativist stance: The latter presents Benjamin as a theologian of a vanishing past where only popular cultural reproduction is thereby possiblerather than as a philosopher of a now impossible future enlightenment for the exceptional few these opposed temporal orientations capturing the essences of the respective disciplines: As a consequence, the theme of anti-philosophy receives no explicit mention in the majority of the essays, though this is not to say that it is not touched upon, at least tangentially, throughout the volume.

The differences go further. Severin rated it it was amazing Jun 17, 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.

Adorno is worth keeping in mind while reading Boris Groys, who is one of the more interesting philosophical — he would say antiphilosophical — writers on art today.