By D. N. Rodowick
In examining the Figural, or, Philosophy after the recent Media D. N. Rodowick applies the concept that of “the figural” to a number of philosophical and aesthetic concerns. encouraged by way of the cultured philosophy of Jean-François Lyotard, the figural defines a semiotic regime the place the excellence among linguistic and plastic illustration breaks down. This competition, which has been the philosophical starting place of aesthetics because the eighteenth century, has been explicitly challenged by means of the hot digital, televisual, and electronic media. Rodowick—one of the main movie theorists writing today—contemplates this problem, describing and critiquing the hot regime of indicators and new methods of pondering that such media have inaugurated.
To absolutely understand the emergence of the figural calls for a genealogical critique of the classy, Rodowick claims. looking allies during this attempt to deconstruct the competition of notice and photo and to create new suggestions for comprehending the figural, he trips via various philosophical writings: Thierry Kuntzel and Marie-Claire Ropars-Wuilleumier on movie concept; Jacques Derrida at the deconstruction of the cultured; Siegfried Kracauer and Walter Benjamin at the historic snapshot as a utopian strength in images and movie; and Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault at the emergence of the figural as either a semiotic regime and a brand new stratagem of energy coincident with the looks of electronic phenomena and of societies of control.
Scholars of philosophy, movie concept, cultural feedback, new media, and paintings background can be drawn to the unique and complicated insights present in this ebook.
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Dit et écrits –) Tseng 2001. 6. 26 11:55 certainly, paraphrasing Nietzsche’s ‘‘On the makes use of and downsides of History,’’ one may perhaps say that during the speedy postwar interval, the French suﬀered from the ‘‘disease of history’’ as deﬁned by means of a Hegelian culture linked to phenomenology and existentialism. during this interview, Foucault implicitly addresses a few conﬂicts that arose as existentialism, structuralism, and poststructuralism vied for highbrow dominance in postwar France. This highbrow heritage underscores a few options that circulated in artwork perform and concept, in addition to ﬁlm and ﬁlm concept, with appreciate to the character of illustration, signiﬁcation, and where of the topic. And in those conﬂicts, a shift within the represented common sense of heritage can be traced besides. The major philosophers of the existentialist period—Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty—derived their philosophical positions from the phenomenology of Husserl and Heidegger in addition to Marx’s writings on political economic system. with out query, notwithstanding, the principal philosophical inﬂuence of the instant postwar interval was once Hegel. as a result, to oﬀer the ﬁgure of Nietzsche as imperative to the deliberating background within the postwar interval isn't really self-evident. yet, it needs to be stated, this is often both the case for Hegel. earlier than international conflict II, French educational philosophy thought of Hegel a Romantic whose principles have been lengthy positioned to leisure through extra scientiﬁc ways to philosophy. despite the fact that, within the instant postwar interval, a Hegelianized Marxism speedily grew to become the dominant discourse for college students of philosophy in 6343 Rodowick / analyzing THE FIGURAL / sheet 197 of 296 Tseng 2001. 6. 26 11:55 A family tree of Time 179 Foucault’s and Deleuze’s new release. The renewed status of Hegel in France used to be due largely to 2 ﬁgures: Aléxandre Kojève and Jean Hyppolite. From to , Kojève’s lectures on Hegel’s Phenomenology of the Spirit on the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes marked a number of the central ﬁgures within the subsequent iteration of French philosophy, together with Raymond Aron, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Raymond Queneau, Georges Bataille, Pierre Klossowski, and Jacques Lacan. At concerning the comparable time, Hyppolite was once engaged on the ﬁrst French translations of Hegel’s Phenomenology, which seemed in volumes, in and . The larger inﬂuence of Kojève’s lectures used to be not on time until eventually , after they have been ﬁnally released as advent à los angeles lecture de Hegel: Leçons sur l. a. phénoménologie d l’esprit, in a model edited through Raymond Queneau from his lecture notes. within the comparable yr, Hyppolite defended and released his thesis on Hegel, Genèse et constitution de los angeles ‘‘Phénoménologie de l’esprit’’ de Hegel. This inﬂuential publication used to be fast by way of reviews of Hegel’s common sense and philosophy of historical past, in addition to a sequence of reports on Marx and Hegel. eleven As a professor ﬁrst on the prestigious Lycée Henri-IV, after which on the Sorbonne and the Collège de France, Hyppolite’s educating exerted a major inﬂuence on a complete iteration of French philosophers—including Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Louis Althusser, and Jacques Derrida—all of whom could however finally produce vital opinions of Hegel.