The Transparency of Evil: Essays on Extreme Phenomena

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Verso, 1993 - 174 стор.
In this, his most important collection of essays since Le systeme des objets, Jean Baudrillard contemplates Western culture "after the orgy"—the orgy, that is, of the revolutions of the 1960s. The sexual revolution has led, he argues, not to sexual liberation but to a reign of transvestism, to a confusion of the categories of man and woman—to the "androgenous and Frankenstein appeal of a Michael Jackson." The revolution in art has led to a "transaesthetic realm of indifference." The cybernetic revolution has blurred the distinction between man and machine, while the political revolution has led to a 'transpolitics' that merely simulates old political forms. Such are the points of Baudrillard's compass as he steers his way through the mental landscape of this febrile fin de siecle.

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After the Orgy 3422
14
Transsexuality
20
Transeconomics
26
Superconductive Events
36
Operational Whitewash
44
Xerox and Infinity
51
Prophylaxis and Virulence
60
Drives and Repulsions
71
Whatever Happened to Evil?
81
Necrospective
89
The Fate of Energy
100
The Theorem of the Accursed Share
106
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Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) began teaching sociology at the Université de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007. His many works include Simulations and Simulacra, America, The Perfect Crime, The System of Objects, Passwords, The Transparency of Evil, The Spirit of Terrorism, and Fragments, among others.

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