Afterness: Figures of Following in Modern Thought and Aesthetics (Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts)

Gerhard Richter


Gerhard Richter's groundbreaking learn argues that the concept that of "afterness" is a key determine within the idea and aesthetics of modernity. It pursues questions similar to: What does it suggest for anything to "follow" anything else? Does that which follows mark a transparent holiday with what got here earlier than it, or does it in reality tacitly perpetuate its predecessor because of its inevitable indebtedness to the phrases and prerequisites of that from which it claims to have departed? certainly, isn't the very act of breaking with, after which following upon, a fashion of retroactively developing and fortifying that from which the holiday that set the flow of following into movement had occurred?

The e-book explores the idea that and circulate of afterness as a privileged but uncanny classification via shut readings of writers equivalent to Kant, Kafka, Heidegger, Bloch, Benjamin, Brecht, Adorno, Arendt, Lyotard, and Derrida. It exhibits how the vexed strategies of afterness, following, and coming after shed new mild on a constellation of recent preoccupations, together with own and cultural reminiscence, translation, images, desire, and the old and conceptual specificity of what has been termed "after Auschwitz." The study's numerous analyses—across a heterogeneous selection of sleek writers and thinkers, different ancient moments of articulation, and more than a few media—conspire to light up Lyotard's apodictic assertion that "after philosophy comes philosophy. however it has been altered by way of the 'after.'" As Richter's difficult research demonstrates, a lot hinges on our interpretation of the "after." in spite of everything, our such a lot basic assumptions pertaining to sleek aesthetic illustration, conceptual discourse, group, subjectivity, and politics are at stake.

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