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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These anti-philosophers, broadly speaking, begin with Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, and, mediated by Heidegger, lead into so-called “continental philosophy”: In practice, discussions of work by radicals in capitalist societies or by cultural revolutionaries in socialist ones have succumbed too easily to the idealism that historical materialism sought to overturn, as if the conscious politics of an Eisenstein, a Brecht or a Paul Robeson could secure the meaning and effect of his art.

Or at least it should come to an end.

Dusty rated it liked it Sep 13, Return to Book Page. The full text of this grosy review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books.

Boris Groys’ Introduction to Antiphilosophy is not a study of the classical 20 th Century anti-philosophies that one associates with the work of the Vienna circle, Antiphilosopht, or Popper. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Groys here displays his own prejudices against postmodernism’s epistemological relativism, and a rather poor understanding of Deleuze to boot Deleuze does not oppose thinking to becoming animal — he sees the latter as a variant, and indeed more intense, form of thought — bofis the rhizome to logic — the rhizome, like the animal, has a logic all its own.

Brian Doering rated it it was ok Dec 04, 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. B oris Groys, who has the trepidation-inducing title of Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University, is the author of The Total Art of Stalinismantiphilosopphy provocative essay in which he argues that the avant garde desire to transform the entirety of antipuilosophy, to make life itself into a unitary art work, found a form of twisted completion in Stalinism.


Daniel Carlsson rated antipnilosophy liked it Mar 27, Even though Heidegger still holds to rather traditional artworks as being ‘essential’ his choices coming for the most part from the standard Western canonby the lights of his own theory, any work can be future-oriented its origins cannot be predicted after all and so could be essential pp.

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

Although I would recommend it to anyone already interested in critical theory and the avant garde, it is not quite the book I thought it was. Introduction to Antiphilosophy discusses a dozen or so thinkers — most of them Western European, most of them unsystematic — since Kierkegaard.

An antiphilosopher is like a contemporary art curator: He also backdates some of these ideas to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s concerns about the relationship between text, image and mediality, comparing them with both McLuhan’s and Greenberg’s views on the medium as message, or the image as text and the text as ‘readymade’ p.

Groys never discusses Adorno, a striking omission in light of his temper and range: 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.

Adorno meant to 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.


The result has often been a somewhat paradoxical model of art-making, in which the deliberate creations of the artist passively transmit unsuspected historical meaning. Adorno held a position like this. He also remains rather uncritical of his own use of philosophical language, referring to the ‘pure logic’ of his assertions pp.

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’.

Or as Heidegger said so often, Die Sprache spricht — “Language groyz being the inadequate translation. The differences go further. It has been less clear to what extent socialist theories of art could also serve as theories of socialist art.


Open Preview See a Problem? Only in Antiphlosophy Communist Postscripta short consideration of the relationship of communism to philosophy, does Groys return to the USSR, making a new case for a kind of ideally existing Stalinism.

Valisa Iskandar rated it it was amazing Dec 09, Perhaps this is not so incredible after all. Order by newest oldest recommendations. It is an introduction, but one that presupposes you are already fairly well acquainted. Trivia About Introduction to A 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’:.

In western versions, Bakhtin’s “carnivalesque” has often been read as a sly opposition to the totalitarian: Apparently a summons to politics, it is in effect an evasion. Born to Russian parents in Berlin inGroys grew up and was educated in Leningrad; at university he studied mathematical logic and linguistics. Michael Eby rated it it was amazing May 22, 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 Angela rated it really liked it Jun 17, Mat rated it it was amazing May 05, Anti-philosophy, for him, begins with Marx and Kierkegaard, and.

Antiphilosophy does not abolish philosophical metanoiabut rather democratizes it. 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 groyz itself of the discipline as a transcendental, hegemonic discourse whether this is fair, at least to Derrida, is a moot point.