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Marking Time: On the Anthropology of the Contemporary

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"Paul Rabinow has proved again that he is one of our most incisive commentators on the vital question of our time-what it means to be human today. The reflections gathered in this book engage with the question from a remarkable array of starting points-from speculative philosophical histories through the artisanship of painting to the creative labor that sequenced the genome of the fruit fly. In the process, he delineates a methodology for the anthropology of the contemporary that is productive and provocative in equal measure."--Nikolas Rose, London School of Economics and Political Science

"Marking Time is a gem of insight and a journey of learning. These essays offer an intellectual adventure to be enjoyed by a broad range of readers."--George Marcus, University of California, Irvine

"Paul Rabinow offers us a sustained piece of thought on the meaning of the contemporary for anthropology, with the goal of discovering 'new problems and new truths that open up points of view and new sciences.' Boldly eschewing use of the 'ethnographic record' to address major philosophical questions, Rabinow instead detours through ancient Greece, Rome in late antiquity, his own research with various genome mapping projects, and a dialogue with many German philosophers, to arrive at concepts that help us write in a mediated mode, where one's insights come from finding modes of observing in close proximity that are appropriate to the objects and events to be explained."--John Borneman, Princeton University

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"Paul Rabinow has proved again that he is one of our most incisive commentators on the vital question of our time-what it means to be human today. The reflections gathered in this book engage with the question from a remarkable array of starting points-from speculative philosophical histories through the artisanship of painting to the creative labor that sequenced the genome of the fruit fly. In the process, he delineates a methodology for the anthropology of the contemporary that is productive and provocative in equal measure."--Nikolas Rose, London School of Economics and Political Science

"Marking Time is a gem of insight and a journey of learning. These essays offer an intellectual adventure to be enjoyed by a broad range of readers."--George Marcus, University of California, Irvine

"Paul Rabinow offers us a sustained piece of thought on the meaning of the contemporary for anthropology, with the goal of discovering 'new problems and new truths that open up points of view and new sciences.' Boldly eschewing use of the 'ethnographic record' to address major philosophical questions, Rabinow instead detours through ancient Greece, Rome in late antiquity, his own research with various genome mapping projects, and a dialogue with many German philosophers, to arrive at concepts that help us write in a mediated mode, where one's insights come from finding modes of observing in close proximity that are appropriate to the objects and events to be explained."--John Borneman, Princeton University

Synopsis:

In Marking Time, Paul Rabinow presents his most recent reflections on the anthropology of the contemporary. Drawing richly on the work of Michel Foucault, John Dewey, Niklas Luhmann, and, most interestingly, German painter Gerhard Richter, Rabinow offers a set of conceptual tools for scholars examining cutting-edge practices in the life sciences, security, new media and art practices, and other emergent phenomena. Taking up topics that include bioethics, anger and competition among molecular biologists, the lessons of the Drosophila genome, the nature of ethnographic observation in radically new settings, and the moral landscape shared by scientists and anthropologists, Rabinow shows how anthropology remains relevant to contemporary debates. By turning abstract philosophical problems into real-world explorations and offering original insights, Marking Time is a landmark contribution to the continuing re-invention of anthropology and the human sciences.

About the Author

Paul Rabinow is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author, most recently, of "A Machine to Make a Future: Biotech Chronicles" (Princeton).

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction

On the Anthropology of the Contemporary 1

Inquiry 6

Elements 7

The Legitimacy of the Contemporary 2000: Drosophila Lessons 14

The Future of Human Nature 20

Bio-ethics: The Question Concerning Humanism 22

Nature 25

Security, Danger, Risk 26

Contemporary Formations 28

Conclusion 29

Adjacency

Timing 35

Situating: Tolerance and Benevolence 36

Telos: A Zone of Discomfort 44

Untimely Work 48

Observation

Bildung 54

Observing the Future 57

Responsibility to Ignorance 60

Observing Observers Observing 62

Observing First-order Observers 64

Chronicling Observation 66

Original History 67

Writing Things: Deictic Not Epideictic 69

Vehement Contemporaries

Rugged Terrain 78

Elements of a Contemporary Moral Landscape 80

Genomics as Ethical Terrain 81

Agon in the Genomic Terrain 84

Thumós: Appropriate Anger 90

Vehement Contemporaries 98

Marking Time: Gerhard Richter

Contemporary Modern 101

Biotechnical Forms 103

Richter: Double Negations 106

Art Critics and Others 106

Our Contemporary 108

Nature 109

Photography 112

Marking Time 116

Abstract Images 119

Remediation 122

Objects 124

Remedation 127

Notes 129

Bibliography 141

Index 147

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691133638
Author:
Rabinow, Paul
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Anthropology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Contemporary, The.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "Paul Rabinow has proved again that he is one of our most incisive commentators on the vital question of our time-what it means to be human today. The reflections gathered in this book engage with the question from a remarkable array of starting points-from speculative philosophical histories through the artisanship of painting to the creative labor that sequenced the genome of the fruit fly. In the process, he delineates a methodology for the anthropology of the contemporary that is productive and provocative in equal measure."--Nikolas Rose, London School of Economics and Political Science

"Marking Time is a gem of insight and a journey of learning. These essays offer an intellectual adventure to be enjoyed by a broad range of readers."--George Marcus, University of California, Irvine

"Paul Rabinow offers us a sustained piece of thought on the meaning of the contemporary for anthropology, with the goal of discovering 'new problems and new truths that open up points of view and new sciences.' Boldly eschewing use of the 'ethnographic record' to address major philosophical questions, Rabinow instead detours through ancient Greece, Rome in late antiquity, his own research with various genome mapping projects, and a dialogue with many German philosophers, to arrive at concepts that help us write in a mediated mode, where one's insights come from finding modes of observing in close proximity that are appropriate to the objects and events to be explained."--John Borneman, Princeton University

"Synopsis" by , In Marking Time, Paul Rabinow presents his most recent reflections on the anthropology of the contemporary. Drawing richly on the work of Michel Foucault, John Dewey, Niklas Luhmann, and, most interestingly, German painter Gerhard Richter, Rabinow offers a set of conceptual tools for scholars examining cutting-edge practices in the life sciences, security, new media and art practices, and other emergent phenomena. Taking up topics that include bioethics, anger and competition among molecular biologists, the lessons of the Drosophila genome, the nature of ethnographic observation in radically new settings, and the moral landscape shared by scientists and anthropologists, Rabinow shows how anthropology remains relevant to contemporary debates. By turning abstract philosophical problems into real-world explorations and offering original insights, Marking Time is a landmark contribution to the continuing re-invention of anthropology and the human sciences.
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