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Fatal Strategies

ISBN-10: 158435061X
ISBN-13: 9781584350613
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Description: When "Fatal Strategies" was first published in French in 1983, it represented a turning point for Jean Baudrillard: an utterly original, and for many readers, utterly bizarre book that offered a theory as proliferative, ecstatic, and hallucinatory  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date: 4/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

When "Fatal Strategies" was first published in French in 1983, it represented a turning point for Jean Baudrillard: an utterly original, and for many readers, utterly bizarre book that offered a theory as proliferative, ecstatic, and hallucinatory as the postmodern world it endeavored to describe. Arguing against the predetermined outcomes of dialectical thought with his renowned, wry, ambivalent passion, with this volume Jean Baudrillard mounted an attack against the "false problems" posed by Western philosophy. 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 philosophy that described the laws of the universe supplementary to this one. In effect, with "Fatal Strategies," Baudrillard became Baudrillard. In his extrapolationist manner, Baudrillard sought to replace Western philosophy's circular arguments with a ritualistic Theater of Cruelty. Using this line of thought developed in "Fatal Strategies," Baudrillard went on, throughout the 1980s, to find new and shatteringly accurate ways of discussing American corporatocracy, arms build-up, and hostage taking. "Fatal Strategies" asserts a profound critique of American politics, and it is an important step towards his examination of evil.

Jean Baudrillard has been proclaimed as the "prophet of postmodernity." Among his many books are America, Cool Memories Iand II, The Illusion of the End, Simulacra and Simulation,and The Perfect Crime.

A Belated Invitation to the Orgy
Ecstasy and Inertia
Figures of the Transpolitical
Ironic Strategies
The Object and Its Destiny
For a Principle of Evil

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