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Download E-books From the culture industry to the society of the spectacle: Critical theory and the situationist international, in No Social Science without Critical Theory (Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Volume 25) PDF

By Kevin Fox Gotham, Daniel A. Krier

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Since Karl Marx formed his concept of capitalism within the 19th century, students have regularly up-to-date Marxian conception to seize the pervasiveness of commodity family in smooth society. stimulated by means of Georg Lukács and Henri Lefebvre, the contributors of the French avant-guard workforce, the Situationist overseas (1957–1972), built an intransigent critique of shopper capitalism according to the concept that of the spectacle. within the spectacle, media and customer society substitute lived adventure, the passive gaze of pictures supplants energetic social participation, and new kinds of alienation result in social atomization at a extra summary point than in past societies.

We exercise to make theoretical contributions: First, we spotlight the contributions of the Situationist overseas, declaring how they revised the Marxian different types of alienation, commodification, and reification for you to study the dynamics of 20th century capitalism and to offer those innovations new explanatory energy. moment, we construct a severe thought of customer capitalism that includes the theoretical assumptions and arguments of the Situationists and the Frankfurt tuition.

Today, serious idea could make an incredible contribution to sociology by way of seriously studying the plurality of spectacles and their reifying manifestations. moreover, serious theorists can discover how diverse spectacles hook up with each other, how they connect with various social associations, and the way spectacles convey contradictions and conflicting meanings. A serious idea of spectacle and intake can expose either novelties and discontinuities within the present interval, in addition to continuities within the improvement of globalized client capitalism.

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Download E-books Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction PDF

By Christopher Butler

Postmodernism has develop into the buzzword of latest society over the past decade. yet how can it's outlined? during this hugely readable advent the mysteries of this so much elusive of innovations are unraveled, casting a serious gentle upon the way in which we are living now, from the politicizing of museum tradition to the cult of the politically right. the foremost postmodernist rules are explored and challenged, as they determine within the concept, philosophy, politics, ethics and paintings of the interval, and it really is proven how they've got interacted inside of a postmodernist culture.

About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions offer an creation to a few of life's finest issues. Written via specialists for the newcomer, they exhibit the best modern brooding about the valuable difficulties and matters in enormous quantities of key subject matters, from philosophy to Freud, quantum concept to Islam.

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Download E-books The Dao of Rhetoric (Suny Series in Communication Studies) PDF

By Steven C. Combs

Within the first booklet to systematically take care of Daoism (Taoism) from a rhetorical viewpoint, writer Steven C. Combs advances the concept that the works of Daoist (Taoist) sages Laozi (Lao Tzu), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), and Sunzi (Sun Tzu) may be fused right into a coherent rhetorical style, that can then shape a technique for rhetorical feedback. This inspiration of Daoist rhetoric allows critics to check discourse from new vantage issues with novel approaches and ideas that honor the creativity and complexity of human communique. Combs additionally seriously examines 4 modern movies The Tao of Steve, A malicious program s existence, Antz, and Shrek to magnify rhetorical Daoism, to point transparent changes among Western and Daoist values, and to provide clean views on members and social motion. The booklet argues that Daoism offers a lens for viewing obstacles of present Western rhetorical theorizing, positioning Daoist rhetoric as a effective severe point of view within the modern, postmodern world."

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Download E-books Adorno's Concept of Life (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy) PDF

By Alastair Morgan

In this crucial and interesting new publication, Alastair Morgan bargains a close exam of the concept that of lifestyles in Adorno's philosophy. He relates Adorno's notion during this context to a few key thinkers within the historical past of Continental philosophy, together with Marx, Hegel, Heidegger and Agamben, and offers a controversy for the relevance and value of Adorno's serious philosophy of existence at the start of the twenty-first century. Crucially, Morgan bargains a brand new framework for knowing the relation among ideas of existence and a severe philosophy.
The idea of lifestyles has formerly acquired little awareness in Adorno scholarship. but it is a continuing subject matter and challenge operating all through Adorno's paintings, from his early opinions of life-philosophies to his overdue philosophy of metaphysical event because the hazard of lifestyles. the concept that Adorno's philosophy is short of or missing in a basic ontology has been the topic of loads of serious awareness, yet this has not often been tested via an research of the idea that of existence. in addition, philosophies of existence have visible a resurgence lately (particularly with a renewed curiosity in Bergson's philosophy through the severe reception of Deleuze's philosophy).
Adorno's idea of existence is an important and well timed research that provides a particular interpretation of Adorno's philosophy, and should be of primary curiosity to somebody engaged on Adorno. moreover, it offers a robust interpretation of the serious strength of Adorno's philosophy, that may give a contribution to the renewed curiosity within the proposal of existence inside of modern philosophy.

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Download E-books Barthes: A Very Short Introduction PDF

Roland Barthes was once the major determine of French Structuralism, the theoretical flow of the Nineteen Sixties which revolutionized the examine of literature and tradition, in addition to heritage and psychoanalysis. yet Barthes was once a guy who disliked orthodoxies. His transferring positions and theoretical pursuits make him not easy to understand and verify. This e-book surveys Barthes' paintings in transparent, available prose, highlighting what's finest and significant in his paintings at the present time. particularly, the e-book describes the numerous initiatives, which Barthes explored and which helped to alter the best way we predict a few variety of cultural phenomena--from literature, style, wrestling, and ads to notions of the self, of background, and of nature.

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Download E-books The Mythology of Work: How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself PDF

By Peter Fleming

There has been as soon as a time whilst ‘work’ used to be inextricably associated with survival and self-preservation; the place the farmer ploughed the land so their family members might consume. however the sunlight has lengthy because set in this idyllic tableau, and what was an essential component of lifestyles has slowly morphed right into a painful and meaningless ritual, colonising nearly everything of our lives - unending and inescapable. within the Mythology of labor, Peter Fleming examines how neoliberal society makes use of the ritual of labor (and the specter of its denial) to keep up the past due capitalist category order. As our society is reworked right into a manufacturing unit that by no means sleeps, paintings turns into a common reference aspect for every thing else, with out any ethical or political worthy. mixing serious concept with contemporary money owed of task comparable suicides, office-induced paranoia, worry of leisure, managerial sadism and cynical company social accountability campaigns, Fleming paints a bleak photograph of neoliberal capitalism within which the commercial and emotional dysfunctions of a society of salary slaves vastly outweigh its professed merits.

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Download E-books The Practice of Everyday Life, Volume 2: Living and Cooking PDF

By Michel de Certeau

To stay unconsumed by way of patron society—this was once the aim, pursued via a global of sophisticated and functional potential, that beckoned during the first quantity of The perform of lifestyle. the second one quantity of the paintings delves even deeper than did the 1st into the delicate strategies of resistance and personal practices that make residing a subversive artwork. Michel de Certeau, Luce Giard, and Pierre Mayol strengthen a social historical past of “making do” in keeping with microhistories that circulation from the personal sphere (of residing, cooking, and homemaking) to the general public (the event of dwelling in a neighborhood). a chain of interviews—mostly with women—allows us to keep on with the subjects’ person workouts, composed of the conduct, constraints, and artistic suggestions during which the audio system negotiate way of life. via those bills the audio system, “ordinary” humans all, are published to be something yet passive shoppers. Amid those studies and voices, the ephemeral innovations of the “obscure heroes” of the standard, we watch the paintings of creating do turn into the paintings of living.This long-awaited moment quantity of de Certeau’s masterwork, up-to-date and revised during this first English variation, completes the image started in quantity 1, drawing to the final element the collective practices that outline the feel, substance, and value of the everyday.Michel de Certeau (1925-1986) wrote various books which have been translated into English, together with Heterologies (1986), The catch of Speech (1998), and tradition within the Plural (1998), all released by way of Minnesota. Luce Giard is senior researcher on the Centre nationwide de l. a. Recherche Scientifique and is affiliated with the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. She is traveling professor of background and heritage of technology on the collage of California, San Diego. Pierre Mayol is a researcher within the French Ministry of tradition in Paris.Timothy J. Tomasik is a contract translator pursuing a Ph.D. in French literature at Harvard collage.

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Download E-books Adorno: The Recovery of Experience (Suny Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy) PDF

By Roger Foster

Examines the function of event inside of Adorno’s philosophy of language and epistemology.

In Adorno, Roger Foster argues that there is a coherent serious undertaking on the center of Adorno’s philosophy of language and epistemology, the main to that's the restoration of a broader knowing of expertise. Foster claims, in Adorno’s writings, it's the proposal of religious event that denotes this richer imaginative and prescient of expertise and indicates an knowledge of the experiential stipulations of strategies. via elucidating Adorno’s view of philosophy as a serious perform that discloses the pain of the area, Foster indicates that Adorno’s philosophy doesn't turn out in a sort of resignation or futile pessimism. Foster additionally breaks new flooring by means of putting Adorno’s conception of expertise in terms of the paintings of alternative early twentieth-century thinkers, particularly Henri Bergson, Marcel Proust, Edmund Husserl, and early Wittgenstein.

“…this booklet is exceptional.” — CHOICE

“This publication argues its place basically, engages incisively with the on hand secondary literature in either English and German, and establishes a brand new interpretive place that during many ways corrects and in others complements the scholarly literature.” — Max Pensky, editor of The reality of Adorno: severe Essays on Adorno and the Postmodern

“This is the main lucid presentation I’ve ever learn of Adorno’s paintings. this can be a precise fulfillment simply because Foster is facing probably the most tough and nuanced points of Adorno: his belief of expertise on the subject of language.” — Tom Huhn, editor of The Cambridge significant other to Adorno

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