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When Fatal Strategies was first published in French in 1983, it represented a turning point for Jean Baudrillard: an utterly original, and for many readers, utterly bizarre book that offered a theory as proliferative, ecstatic, and hallucinatory as the postmodern world it endeavored to describe. Arguing against the predetermined outcomes of dialectical thought with his renowned, wry, ambivalent passion, with this volume Jean Baudrillard mounted an attack against the "false problems" posed by Western philosophy. If his Marxist days were firmly behind him, Baudrillard here indicated that metaphysics had also gone the way of sociology and politics: the contemporary world demanded nothing less than Pataphysics, Alfred Jarry's absurdist philosphy that described the laws of the universe supplementary to this one. In effect, with Fatal Strategies, Baudrillard became Baudrillard. In his extrapolationist manner, Baudrillard sought to replace Western philosophy's circular arguments with a ritualistic Theater of Cruelty. Using this line of thought developed in Fatal Strategies, Baudrillard went on, throughout the 1980s, to find new and shatteringly accurate ways of discussing American corporatocracy, arms build-up, and hostage taking. Fatal Strategies asserts a profound critique of American politics, and it is an important step towards his examination of evil.Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision. An outsider in the French intellectual establishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and provocateur. His Simulations (1983) instantly became a cult classic and made him a controversial voice in the world of politics and art.

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An early work in which Baudrillard became Baudrillard.

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When Fatal Strategies was first published in French in 1983, itrepresented a turning point for Jean Baudrillard: an utterly original, and for manyreaders, utterly bizarre book that offered a theory as proliferative, ecstatic, andhallucinatory as the postmodern world it endeavored to describe. Arguing against thepredetermined outcomes of dialectical thought with his renowned, wry, ambivalentpassion, with this volume Jean Baudrillard mounted an attack against the falseproblems posed by Western philosophy. If his Marxist days were firmly behindhim, Baudrillard here indicated that metaphysics had also gone the way of sociologyand politics: the contemporary world demanded nothing less than Pataphysics, AlfredJarry's absurdist philosphy that described the laws of the universe supplementary tothis one. In effect, with Fatal Strategies, Baudrillard became Baudrillard. In hisextrapolationist manner, Baudrillard sought to replace Western philosophy's circulararguments with a ritualistic Theater of Cruelty. Using this line of thoughtdeveloped in Fatal Strategies, Baudrillard went on, throughout the 1980s, to findnew and shatteringly accurate ways of discussing American corporatocracy, armsbuild-up, and hostage taking. Fatal Strategies asserts a profound critique ofAmerican politics, and it is an important step towards his examination of evil.JeanBaudrillard (1929-2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, andtheorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporarysociety with humor and precision. An outsider in the French intellectualestablishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and provocateur. His Simulations (1983) instantly became a cult classicand made him a controversial voice in the world of politics and art.

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Jean Baudrillard (1929--2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision. An outsider in the French intellectual establishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and provocateur.

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ISBN:
9781584350613
Author:
Baudrillard, Jean
Publisher:
Semiotext(e)
Translator:
Beitchman, Philippe
Translator:
Niesluchowski, W. G. J.
Author:
Beitchman, Philippe
Author:
Niesluchowski, W. G. J.
Author:
Pettman, Dominic
Author:
Beitchman, Phil
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Movements - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents Fatal Strategies
Publication Date:
20080411
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
French
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.625 in

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"Synopsis" by , When Fatal Strategies was first published in French in 1983, itrepresented a turning point for Jean Baudrillard: an utterly original, and for manyreaders, utterly bizarre book that offered a theory as proliferative, ecstatic, andhallucinatory as the postmodern world it endeavored to describe. Arguing against thepredetermined outcomes of dialectical thought with his renowned, wry, ambivalentpassion, with this volume Jean Baudrillard mounted an attack against the falseproblems posed by Western philosophy. If his Marxist days were firmly behindhim, Baudrillard here indicated that metaphysics had also gone the way of sociologyand politics: the contemporary world demanded nothing less than Pataphysics, AlfredJarry's absurdist philosphy that described the laws of the universe supplementary tothis one. In effect, with Fatal Strategies, Baudrillard became Baudrillard. In hisextrapolationist manner, Baudrillard sought to replace Western philosophy's circulararguments with a ritualistic Theater of Cruelty. Using this line of thoughtdeveloped in Fatal Strategies, Baudrillard went on, throughout the 1980s, to findnew and shatteringly accurate ways of discussing American corporatocracy, armsbuild-up, and hostage taking. Fatal Strategies asserts a profound critique ofAmerican politics, and it is an important step towards his examination of evil.JeanBaudrillard (1929-2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, andtheorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporarysociety with humor and precision. An outsider in the French intellectualestablishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and provocateur. His Simulations (1983) instantly became a cult classicand made him a controversial voice in the world of politics and art.
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