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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Perhaps this is not so incredible after all. Boris Efimovich Groys born 19 March is an art critic, media theorist, and philosopher.

Groys himself often seems to conflate metaphysics with philosophy, such that the refusal of the former amounts to a rejection of the latter as well a highly debatable point. Anti-philosophy, for him, begins with Marx and Kierkegaard, and.

Nor is it ‘introductory’ in the sense antiphiolsophy systematically setting out the fundamental principles and common strategies of anti-philosophy in relativism, skepticism, nihilism, or pluralismbe they historical or contemporary examples.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Yet there is no Hegelian or Adornian heaviness in someone who can write: Other essays, particularly when he writes on the internet and Marshall McLuhan, display both insight and naivety. Jack rated it it was amazing Oct 04, Aaron rated it it was amazing Jan 26, Given this background, I was intrigued at the publication of this new book. The final essay in the collection is more eclectic again, linking Wagner’s ‘total work of art’ to McLuhan’s democratizing media theory, which Groys expands to include the Internet and even participatory art.

That does not mean that there are not overarching themes, and one of the great strengths of the collection is how Groys brings Russian thinkers into play, into a series of arguments that has often, parochially, been characterised as the free-for-all French versus the logically bean-counting British.

Valisa Iskandar rated it it was amazing Dec 09, Apparently a summons to politics, it is in effect an evasion. Certainly, the title of the Preface to the English edition offers us another key-term that could well act as a leitmotif for the emergence of anti-philosophy in the 20 th Century: After having written so vividly on the persistence of the totalitarian and the theological, Groys sees the internet as somehow free from these.


Anti-philosophy, for him, begins with Marx and Kierkegaard, and does not operate with criticism but rather with command. 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.

Sartre, Barthes, Levinas, Derrida, Baudrillard antuphilosophy al. But a sense that the interest of art derives above antipyilosophy from its unconscious embodiment of history is widespread among academic critics, most of whom share with the general public an aversion to expressly political work. His continual making and unmaking of conceptual unities and oppositions belongs to a German antiphi,osophy tradition.

Kierkegaard’s Christ, for example, is an ordinary man, and indeed must be an ordinary man in order to be specialand is, as such, a sort of ‘proto-readymade’ p. Yet, reading them together does give rise grpys many interesting effects, especially by broadening the scope of what one normally attributes to anti-philosophy beyond the usual suspects of relativism, skepticism, nihilism, or pluralism.

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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’.

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. The fact is that the word ‘introduction’ carries with it too many pedagogical associations, and Groys’ extremely interesting research should be taken more as a prolegomena for any discussion of anti-philosophy in more recognizable terms.

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’:. And the Marxist emphasis on the basic passivity of the artist, as a sort of crossroads of historical traffic, could be greatest where the account of art was subtlest, as in Adorno.


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”.

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It has been less clear to what extent socialist theories of art could also serve as theories of socialist art. Samuel Rhodes rated it liked it Nov 04, When it does examine the major figures of philosophy, its investigations belong exclusively to the ‘continental’ side — Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. 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 antipgilosophy.

Today he teaches art theory in Karlsruhe and New York City.

Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys

Jake rated it liked it Jun 14, The other essays of particular interest to philosophers of a standard hue are on Derrida and Benjamin. The Yroys critic might therefore prefer ostensibly apolitical work in which these contradictions rage untreated.

The differences go further. Philosophy is traditionally understood as the search for universal truths, and philosophers are supposed to transmit borjs truths beyond the limits of their own culture. It is an introduction, but one that presupposes you are already fairly well acquainted.

Vassilchik rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

As for work by artists with obvious progressive allegiances, the usual approach is to congratulate it for raising political questions but to fight shy griys definite answers. Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys. In Art PowerGroys mocks the solemn ideological vagueness of so many academic essays, exhibition catalogues and wall captions: Bruno rated it it was amazing Sep 24, Trivia About Introduction to A As for the substance of history disclosed by true art, it is little short of agony.

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