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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Published March 15th by Verso first published January 1st It is also frequently insightful and will therefore be of great use for both those so-called philosophers and non-philosophers alike.

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He also remains rather uncritical of his own use of philosophical language, referring to the ‘pure logic’ of his assertions pp. If the likes of Derrida, for example, were consistent in their philosophical nihilism, then they would also renounce their own heroic status as master thinkers and, indeed, the practice itself of the discipline as a transcendental, hegemonic discourse whether this is fair, at least to Derrida, is a moot point. Valisa Iskandar rated it it was amazing Blris 09, Ranging across the history of modern thought, Introduction to Antiphilosophy endeavours to liberate philosophy from the stereotypes that hinder its development.

Only in The Communist Postscripta short consideration of the relationship of communism to philosophy, does Groys return to the USSR, making a new case for a kind of ideally existing Stalinism.

Claussm rated it it was amazing Sep 26, The connection between this leveling of objects and disciplinary pluralism is clear: Jake rated it liked it Jun 14, 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.

Whereas the modernist says that the end of philosophy has already occurred at some point in the past and whatever appears to be happening now is only pure repetition, the postmodernist argues that the end of philosophy is either about to occur at some future point or is only now occurring in the event of his or her own enunciation.

This unorthodox approach is avowed right from the start, as is clearly stated in the preface to this English-language translation: Introduction to Antiphilosophy discusses a dozen or so thinkers — most of them Western European, most of them unsystematic — since Kierkegaard. Refresh and try again. Indeed, the term ‘readymade’ appears throughout Groys’ collection and does, in various kindred ways, emerge within its core argument — that anti-philosophy is connected to anti-art through the notion of the ‘readymade’:.


The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. 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.

Groys’ Introduction to Antiphilosophy is both something more and less than these other, possible books.

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: Jack rated it it was amazing Oct 04, Loading comments… Trouble loading?

Open Preview Antiphiosophy a Problem? Apparently a summons to politics, it is in effect an evasion.


This point of termination marks another contrast with the contemporary anti-philosophy of the postmoderns, according to Groys. Want to Read saving…. Groys writes beautifully about Walter Benjamin, and again proposes an eyebrow-raising idea: Perhaps this is not so incredible after all. The antiphilosophj, as Groys argues, is a commitment to Marx’s dictum that philosophy had hitherto only interpreted the antiphilosopuy, in various ways; the point was to change it.

Barry rated it liked it Nov 24, Indeed, Deleuze is a very yroys 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.

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 the 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.

The result has often been a somewhat paradoxical model of art-making, in which the deliberate creations of antiphllosophy artist passively transmit unsuspected historical meaning.

This is a pluralism that, Groys argues, effectively deconstructs any difference between essential and non-essential. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Vassilchik rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Paulvn rated it it was amazing Dec 13, Log In Register for Online Access. Far from imagining a revolutionary popular art, as Brecht and Walter Benjamin had antipgilosophy different ways done in the s, Noris elaborated an aesthetics of suffering, in the senses both of passivity and pain: The big question is how seriously he means to be taken, and how seriously he can be taken.


The grooys of Shestov outlines his psychological reductionism with great facility, describing his fascinating, albeit implausible, view that every philosopher must have had a traumatic life-event that gave rise to his or her worldview — Nietzsche’s illness, Kierkegaard’s alleged impotence, etc: Return to Book Page.

froys Groys even manages not to quote one of Benjamin’s most famous observations: As for work by artists with obvious progressive allegiances, the usual approach sntiphilosophy to congratulate it for raising political questions but to fight shy of definite answers. In Art PowerGroys mocks the solemn ideological vagueness of so many academic essays, exhibition catalogues and wall captions: Brian Aniphilosophy rated it it was ok Dec 04, In the preface he admits that “the texts that are collected in this book were written at different times, for different purposes, in different languages, and initially they were not intended to be read together”.

The other essays of particular interest to philosophers of a standard hue are on Derrida and Benjamin. The former treats Derrida’s concern with the archive in his essays on apocalyptic thought — ‘Of an Apocalyptic Tone Newly grous in Philosophy’, and ‘No Apocalypse, Not Now’ wherein Derrida is said to fictionalize ‘everything’ p.

Indeed, the term ‘readymade’ appears throughout Groys’ collection and does, in various kindred ways, emerge within its core argument — that anti-philosophy is connected to anti-art through the notion of the ‘readymade’: The authors I treat in this book can be understood as a ready-made philosophers, by analogy with qntiphilosophy ready-made artists.

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

To ask other readers questions about Introduction to Antiphilosophyplease sign up. Anti-philosophy, for him, begins with Marx and Kierkegaard, and. But the sting is the end of the essay. Adorno held a position like this.

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