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

Anti-philosophy, for him, begins with Marx and Kierkegaard, and. Return to Book Page.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Barry rated it liked it Nov 24, His continual making antiphilosopuy unmaking of conceptual unities and oppositions belongs to a German dialectical tradition. To ask other readers questions about Introduction to Antiphilosophyplease sign up. 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 antiphilosophu the history of art and art theory.

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Anti-philosophy, for him, begins with Marx and Kierkegaard, and does not operate with criticism hroys rather with command. Adorno meant gryos dedicate Aesthetic Theory to Beckett, and the few other modernists he singles out for praise Kafka, Schoenberg and Celan among them give off some of the same feeling of emotional irremediability and formal intransigence.

Today he teaches art theory in Karlsruhe and New York City. The big question is how seriously he means to be taken, and how seriously he can be taken.

In all its heterogeneous and unorthodox mix, Groys’ Introduction is never anything less than fascinating and informative. I would like to draw some parallels between ‘anti-art’ and what I call, by analogy, ‘antiphilosophy’.


His face is turned toward the past. Moreover, the temporality of this choice to go on philosophizing about the impossibility of philosophy or to perform that end by giving up the discipline introduces another contrast between the earlier, more consistent forms of modern anti-philosophy and its postmodern, inconsistent and one suspects too, for Groys, disingenuous forms.


Or at least it should come to an end.

He also remains rather uncritical of his own use of philosophical language, referring to the ‘pure logic’ of his assertions pp.

This parallel between art and philosophy draws the project closer to Groys’ own field while also facilitating a very productive analogy in the notion of a readymade concept. Adorno held a position like boriss.

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Indeed, the rare notes of romance struck in his otherwise unemotional prose are elicited by the idea an idiosyncratic one of the communism he knew in his youth, and by the Muscovite sots the name a disrespectfully ambiguous allusion to socialist realism and conceptual art scene of the s and s with which he was connected.

An antiphilosopher is like a contemporary art curator: 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: Mat rated it it was amazing May 05, After concentrating on Soviet art in The Total Art of Stalinismhe has mainly written discrete essays in which he looks, with Eastern eyes, at Western art and philosophy.

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. A historical materialist aesthetics sees in art the distorted reflection of social relations past, present and emerging. Malthe rated it really liked it Jun 08, Boris Efimovich Groys born 19 March is an art critic, media theorist, and philosopher. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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. It is an introduction, but one that presupposes you are already fairly well acquainted.

Dusty rated it liked it Sep 13, Philosophy is traditionally understood as the search for universal truths, and philosophers are supposed to transmit those truths beyond the limits of their own culture. For both philosophy and art, this is a democratizing project: Brian Doering rated it it was ok Dec 04, Whether you find this terrifying or not, it’s worth wondering about.


This stems from its pluralist, relativist stance: 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.

What it is reflects its author’s research as an art critic and media theorist who is best known for writing The Total Art of Stalinism Karl rated it it was amazing Sep 28, Introduction to Antiphilosophy discusses a dozen or so thinkers — most of them Western European, most of them unsystematic — since Kierkegaard. 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.

Bruno rated it it was amazing Sep 24, In his chapter on Nietzsche and Russian thinkers, for example, he brings a radically new perspective to writers such as Bulgakov and Bakhtin.

This is a pluralism that, Antiphilozophy argues, effectively deconstructs any difference between essential and non-essential. Niki Palmen rated it liked it Dec 02, Hilary rated it it was amazing Jul 29, Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys.

Two essays stand out. The differences go further.

In Art PowerGroys mocks the solemn ideological vagueness of so many academic essays, exhibition catalogues and wall antiphilosopjy Preview — Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys.