'A book which all students of the human sciences will find useful, both for its range of engagements and its pedagogic ambitions. To be read and to be enjoyed' - Nigel Thrift, University of Bristol
This book is the essential roadmap to the key concepts which frame our understanding of society and culture. From cybernetics to quantum theory, from ideology to power, from aesthetics to mimesis, this book spans a range of disciplines to provide an insight into the current scientific and intellectual state of society. Written by the author of the international bestseller Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers (Routledge, 1994) this ambitious pedagogical and intellectual project dazzles with insight and the breadth of knowledge presented.
Each entry provides a history and current meaning of the concept in question. It then outlines its place in the work of a key author, while also offering an interpretation of the term's significance, both current and classical. Concepts are organized in alphabetical order, complete with references for further research, making this the essential reference for students throughout the social sciences and humanities.
About the Author
John Lechte is Professor in Sociology at Macquarie University, where he has responsibility for Graduate teaching and research. He has written widely on European philosophy and the image, including the work of Julia Kristeva and Georges Bataille. He has just published a key work on the image, Genealogy and Ontology of the Western Image and its Digital Future (2012), and is currently working on the human and the image. With Saul Newman, he will publish, in 2013, Agamben and the Politics of Human Rights: Statelessness, Images, Violence.
Table of Contents
A Note on the TextIntroductionA Abjection Aesthetics Alienation Allegory Analogue Analytic-Synthetic Arbitrary AtonalityB Beauty Being Biotechnology Blasé BodyC Chance Clone Code Communication Community Complexity Culture Cybernetics Cyberspace CyborgD Deconstruction Dictionary-Encyclopedia Diegesis Différance Difference-Individuality Differend DigitalE Economy Encyclopedia (see Dictionary-Encyclopedia) Entropy Epistemology Eros-Eroticism Event ExchangeF Family Fantasy / Phantasy Fantasm Fractal Freedom Fuzzy LogicG General Will Gift Globalisation Governmentality GrammatologyH Habitus HistoryI Icon Identification Identity Ideology Image Imaginary Imagination Immanent/Immanence-Transcendent / Transcendence Index Information InterpretationJ JusticeK Klanfarbenmelodie KnowledgeL Labour-power Legitimacy Life Local Logos-Mythos LoveM Memory Metaphor Metaphysics Mimesis Modernity Money Montage Mythos (see Logos-Mythos) N Necessity Network NihilismO Object Ontology OtherP Panopticon Phantasy / Phantasm (see Fantasy / Fantasm) Pixel Postmodernity Power Profane (see Sacred-Profane)Q QuantumR Responsibility Ressentiment Rhizome Risk-SocietyS Sacred-Profane Semiotic Sign: Signifier/Signified Simulacrum Spectacle Subject Synthetic (see Analytical-Synthetic)T Technics Theory Thermodynamics Time Transcendence (see Immanent/Immanence / Transcendent / Transcendence) TruthU Unconscious Universal V Value Virtual (see Cyberspace) Virus, W Work WritingX Xenophobia, Z Zeno's Paradox