Marking Time: On the Anthropology of the Contemporary
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Marking Time: On the Anthropology of the Contemporary

by Paul Rabinow
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691133638

ISBN-13: 9780691133638

Pub. Date: 10/29/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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,

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691133638
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/29/2007
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,210,115
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.52(d)

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

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