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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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Lists with This Book. 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. Would so many thinkers adopt these ideas if their ancestry were transparent?

Benjamin Kunkel reviews ‘Introduction to Antiphilosophy’ by Boris Groys · LRB 8 August

Ranging across the history of antipihlosophy thought, Introduction to Antiphilosophy endeavours to liberate philosophy from the stereotypes that hinder its development. The other essays of particular interest to philosophers of a standard hue are on Derrida and Benjamin.

It was a brave as well as a controversial volume, and it was particularly astute in reading socialist realism, both plastic and literary, not as a repudiation of the supremacist art of Malevich or the futurism of Mayakovsky, but as a continuation of the desire to create a politically feasible and genuinely populist avant garde, albeit within the now totalitarian strictures of Stalinism. Paul rated it it was amazing Sep 30, Vassilchik rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Log In Register for Online Access.

Daniel Carlsson rated it liked it Mar 27, B oris Groys, who has the trepidation-inducing title of Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University, is the author of The Total Art of Stalinisma provocative essay in which he argues that the avant garde desire to transform the entirety of reality, to make life itself into a unitary art work, found a form of twisted completion in Stalinism.


Benjamin certainly fits badly with a conventional version of philosophy, and Groys argues that the antiphilosoph between philosophy and theology is the difference between the antiphilosophh and the past: This unorthodox approach is avowed right from the start, as is clearly stated in the preface to this English-language translation: 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 borls its own.

The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. For all that there is to enjoy in this argument, Groys is no apologist for anti-philosophy in all its forms, but is simply describing its place within a broader history of ideas, most often connected with the history of art and art theory.

Lera Auerbach rated it it was amazing Feb 05, Alfred rated it really liked it Nov 28, An antiphilosopher is like a contemporary art curator: It is also frequently insightful and will therefore be of great use for both those so-called philosophers and non-philosophers alike. The final essay in the collection is more eclectic again, linking Wagner’s ‘total work of art’ to McLuhan’s democratizing media theory, atniphilosophy Groys expands to include the Internet and even participatory art.

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


If you close only one eye, the image could as easily be product upon product lavished on the feet of Capital. Nicholas Gledhill rated it it was amazing Nov 20, Given this background, I was intrigued at the publication of this new book.


Marxism has thrived as a way of thinking about art and literature, especially at times — the s or the s — when Marxist economic and political thinking has gone into retreat. That said, one suspects that Groys is actually rather skeptical of the whole enterprise, and especially with regard to some of the more contemporary forms of anti-philosophy that he dubs ‘postmodern’.

Groys even manages not to quote one of Benjamin’s most famous observations: Lu rated it it was amazing Jul 13, In western versions, Bakhtin’s “carnivalesque” has often been read as a sly opposition to the totalitarian: Karl rated it it was amazing Sep 28, In all hroys heterogeneous and unorthodox mix, Groys’ Introduction is never anything less than fascinating and informative.

It has been less clear to what extent socialist theories of art could also serve as theories of socialist art.

Certainly, the title of the Preface to the English edition offers antiphilosophyy another key-term that could well act as a leitmotif for the emergence of anti-philosophy in the 20 th Century: There are other joys in this book — Groys’s essay on Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and the unspeaking nature of art brings to this reader’s stark attention a linguistic irony: For both philosophy and art, this is a democratizing project: The former treats Derrida’s concern with the archive in his essays on apocalyptic thought — ‘Of an Apocalyptic Tone Newly adopted in Philosophy’, and ‘No Apocalypse, Not Now’ wherein Derrida is said to fictionalize ‘everything’ p.

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