Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics (Google eBook)

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MIT Press, Aug 24, 2012 - Philosophy - 192 pages
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In Without Criteria, Steven Shaviro proposes and explores a philosophical fantasy: imagine a world in which Alfred North Whitehead takes the place of Martin Heidegger. What if Whitehead, instead of Heidegger, had set the agenda for postmodern thought? Heidegger asks, "Why is there something, rather than nothing?" Whitehead asks, "How is it that there is always something new?" In a world where everything from popular music to DNA is being sampled and recombined, argues Shaviro, Whitehead's question is the truly urgent one. Without Criteria is Shaviro's experiment in rethinking postmodern theory, especially the theory of aesthetics, from a point of view that hearkens back to Whitehead rather than Heidegger. In working through the ideas of Whitehead and Deleuze, Shaviro also appeals to Kant, arguing that certain aspects of Kant's thought pave the way for the philosophical "constructivism" embraced by both Whitehead and Deleuze. Kant, Whitehead, and Deleuze are not commonly grouped together, but the juxtaposition of them in Without Criteria helps to shed light on a variety of issues that are of concern to contemporary art and media practices.
  

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User Review  - Steen Christiansen - Goodreads

Although there are passages I struggle with, especially the chapter on God, this book is a wonderful elucidation of Whitehead's aesthetic thought, particularly as it pertains to affect and sensation. Read full review

Contents

1 Without Criteria
xvi
2 Actual Entities and Eternal Objects
16
3 Pulses of Emotion
46
4 Interstitial Life
70
5 God or The Body without Organs
98
6 Consequences
142
References
162
Index
170
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