Marking Time: On the Anthropology of the Contemporary

Marking Time: On the Anthropology of the Contemporary

by Paul Rabinow
     
 

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ISBN-10: 069113362X

ISBN-13: 9780691133621

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, new media

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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 reinvention of anthropology and the human sciences.

About the Author:
Paul Rabinow is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691133621
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/29/2007
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(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
Thumos: 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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