The Perfect Crime Radical Thinkers

Verso - To solve the crime would be to unravel the social and technological processes by which reality has quite simply vanished under the deadly glare of media “real time. But baudrillard is not merely intending to lament the disappearance of the real, an occurrence he recently described as “the most important event of modern history, ” nor even to meditate upon the paradoxes of reality and illusion, truth and its masks.

In his new book, perhaps the most cogent expression of his mature thought, Jean Baudrillard turns detective in order to investigate a crime which he hopes may yet be solved: the “murder” of reality. The perfect crime is also the work of a great moraliste: a penetrating examination of vital aspects of the social, political and cultural life of the “advanced democracies” in the very late twentieth century.

The Perfect Crime Radical Thinkers - Where critics like mcluhan once exposed the alienating consequences of “the medium, of a relentless positivity on our critical faculties, ” Baudrillard lays bare the depredatory effects of an oppressive transparency on our social lives, and of a withering ‘high definition’ on our very sense of reality.

Simulacra and Simulation The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism

University of Michigan Press - The first full-length translation in English of an essential work of postmodernist thought University of Michigan Press.

The System of Objects Radical Thinkers

Verso - Baudrillard classifies the everyday objects of the “new technical order” as functional, nonfunctional and metafunctional. The system of objects is a tour de force—a theoretical letter-in-a-bottle tossed into the ocean in 1968, which brilliantly communicates to us all the live ideas of the day. Pressing freudian and saussurean categories into the service of a basically Marxist perspective, The System of Objects offers a cultural critique of the commodity in consumer society.

University of Michigan Press. He contrasts “modern” and “traditional” functional objects, subjecting home furnishing and interior design to a celebrated semiological analysis. Verso. His treatment of nonfunctional or “marginal” objects focuses on antiques and the psychology of collecting, while the metafunctional category extends to the useless, the aberrant and even the “schizofunctional.

The System of Objects Radical Thinkers - Finally, baudrillard deals at length with the implications of credit and advertising for the commodification of everyday life. The system of objects is a tour de force of the materialist semiotics of the early baudrillard, who emerges in retrospect as something of a lightning rod for all the live ideas of the day: Bataille’s political economy of “expenditure” and Mauss’s theory of the gift; Reisman’s lonely crowd and the “technological society” of Jacques Ellul; the structuralism of Roland Barthes in The System of Fashion; Henri Lefebvre’s work on the social construction of space; and last, but not least, Guy Debord’s situationist critique of the spectacle.


Verso - Verso. Verso. In this new edition, leading cultural critic and novelist Geoff Dyer offers a thoughtful and perceptive take on the continued resonance of Baudrillard’s America. From the sierras of new mexico to the streets of new york and la by night—”a sort of luminous, geometric, incandescent immensity”—Baudrillard mixes aperçus and observations with a wicked sense of fun to provide a unique insight into the country that dominates our world.

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The Agony of Power Semiotexte / Intervention Series

Semiotext(e) - Baudrillard's unsettling coda: previously unpublished texts written just before the visionary theorist's death in 2007. History that repeats itself turns to farce. Once expelled, negativity returns from within ourselves as an antagonistic force―most vividly in the phenomenon of terrorism, but also as irony, mockery, and the symbolic liquidation of all human values.

Semiotexte launched baudrillard into english back in the early 1980s; now, Semiotexte offers The Agony of Power, as our media and information infested “ultra-reality” finally catches up with his theory, Baudrillard's unsettling coda. But a farce that repeats itself ends up making a history. From the agony of powerin these previously unpublished manuscripts written just before his death in 2007, revolt, Jean Baudrillard takes a last crack at the bewildering situation currently facing us as we exit the system of “domination” based on alienation, revolution and enter a world of generalized “hegemony” in which everyone becomes both hostage and accomplice of the global market.

The Agony of Power Semiotexte / Intervention Series - In the system of hegemony, the alienated, the oppressed, and the colonized find themselves on the side of the system that holds them hostage. Verso. University of Michigan Press. But in the free-form market of political and sexual liberation, as the possibility of revolution and our understanding of it dissipates, Baudrillard sees the hegemonic process as only beginning.

Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison

Vintage Books - Verso. In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul. Verso. Vintage Books. University of Michigan Press.

Fatal Strategies Semiotexte / Foreign Agents

Semiotext(e) - In effect, with Fatal Strategies, Baudrillard became Baudrillard. Arguing against the predetermined outcomes of dialectical thought with his renowned, ambivalent passion, wry, with this volume Jean Baudrillard mounted an attack against the “false problems” posed by Western philosophy. His simulations 1983 instantly became a cult classic and made him a controversial voice in the world of politics and art.

Used book in Good Condition. Verso. If his marxist days were firmly behind him, baudrillard here indicated that metaphysics had also gone the way of sociology and politics: the contemporary world demanded nothing less than Pataphysics, Alfred Jarry's absurdist philosphy that described the laws of the universe supplementary to this one.

An outsider in the french intellectual establishment, reporter, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, and provocateur. Fatal strategies asserts a profound critique of American politics, and it is an important step towards his examination of evil. Jean baudrillard 1929-2007 was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision.

Fatal Strategies Semiotexte / Foreign Agents - . In his extrapolationist manner, Baudrillard sought to replace Western philosophy's circular arguments with a ritualistic Theater of Cruelty. Verso. Using this line of thought developed in fatal Strategies, Baudrillard went on, to find new and shatteringly accurate ways of discussing American corporatocracy, throughout the 1980s, arms build-up, and hostage taking.

The Spirit of Terrorism Radical Thinkers

Verso - Verso. Verso. Used book in Good Condition. Baudrillard sees the power of the terrorists as lying in the symbolism of slaughter—not merely the reality of death, but in a sacrifice that challenges the whole system. Where previously the old revolutionary sought to conduct a struggle between real forces in the context of ideology and politics, the new terrorist mounts a powerful symbolic challenge which, when combined with high-tech resources, constitutes an unprecedented assault on an over-sophisticated and vulnerable West.

This new edition is up-dated with the essays “Hypotheses on Terrorism” and “Violence of the Global. University of Michigan Press. Vintage Books.

Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism Post-Contemporary Interventions

Duke University Press - Vintage Books. Used book in Good Condition. Verso. Jameson’s inquiry looks at the postmodern across a wide landscape, from “high” art to “low” from market ideology to architecture, from painting to “punk” film, from video art to literature. University of Michigan Press. Verso. Duke University Press.

Now in paperback, fredric jameson’s most wide-ranging work seeks to crystalize a definition of ”postmodernism”.

Difference and Repetition

Columbia University Press - Of fundamental importance to literary critics and philosophers, Difference and Repetition develops two central concepts―pure difference and complex repetition―and shows how the two concepts are related. Vintage Books. Central in initiating the shift in french thought away from Hegel and Marx toward Nietzsche and Freud, Difference and Repetition moves deftly to establish a fundamental critique of Western metaphysics.

While difference implies divergence and decentering, repetition is associated with displacement and disguising. University of Michigan Press. This brilliant exposition of the critique of identity is a classic in contemporary philosophy and one of Deleuze's most important works. Duke University Press. Used book in Good Condition.

Difference and Repetition - Verso. Verso. Columbia University Press.

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

Zero Books - Using examples from politics, films, fiction, work and education, it argues that capitalist realism colours all areas of contemporary experience. The book analyses the development and principal features of this capitalist realism as a lived ideological framework. Vintage Books. After 1989, far from ending, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system - a situation that the bank crisis of 2008, actually compounded.

Verso. Used book in Good Condition. But it will also show that, because of a number of inconsistencies and glitches internal to the capitalist reality program capitalism in fact is anything but realistic. University of Michigan Press. Verso. Columbia University Press. Duke University Press. Zero Books.