Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of Media

Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of Media

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ISBN-13: 9780231518499
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 940 KB

About the Author

Boris Groys is Global Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University and senior research fellow at the Academy of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany. A Russian émigré to Germany, he received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Münster. His books in English include The Total Art of Stalinism: Avant-Garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond; Art Power; Going Public; and History Becomes Form: Moscow Conceptualism.

Carsten Strathausen is associate professor of German and English at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface: Dead Man Thinking
I. Submedial Space
1. The Submedial Subject and the Flux of Signs
2. The Truth of the Medial and the State of Exception
3. Media-Ontological Suspicion and Philosophical Doubt
4. The Phenomenology of Medial Sincerity
5. The Gaze of the Other
6. The Medium Becomes the Message
7. The Case of Exception and the Truth of the Medial
II. The Economy of Suspicion
8. Marcel Mauss: Symbolic Exchange; or, Civilization Under Water
9. Claude Lévi-Strauss: Mana; or, the Floating Signifier
10. Georges Bataille: The Potlatch with the Sun
11. Jacques Derrida: The Lack of Time and Its Specters
12. Jean-François Lyotard: The Roller Coaster of the Sublime
13. The Time of Signs
14. Suspicion Is the Medium

What People are Saying About This

Michael Kelly

The archives where cultures preserve what they deem important for collective memory are rightfully under 'media-ontological suspicion,' Boris Groys argues. If indeed the medium is now the message, the message is that the 'submedial space' beneath the signs comprising the archive remains infinitely inaccessible. So long as we can't understand this submedial space, 'the medium of all media,' we should be suspicious of the force that upholds our cultural archives. How such suspicion has become the new subject and space of subjectivity is the politically inflected story Groys tells with his unique blend of philosophical acumen and ironic expression.

Michael Kelly, Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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