Fragments: Conversations with François L'Yvonnet
Jean Baudrillard is one of the most revered philosophers of the 20th century and his work has helped define how we think about the postmodern. In these interviews conducted with Francois L'Yvonnet, Baudrillard is on sparkling form and explores his life in terms of his educational, political and literary experiences, as well as reflecting on his intellectual genesis and his position as outsider in the field of great French thinkers. Perhaps most interestingly, Baudrillard discusses his life's work in relationship to his contemporaries: thinkers such as Bataille and the Situationists, Barthes, Lyotard, and Deleuze, amongst others. Baudrillard challenges all the major interpretations of his work by suggesting he has always adopted an anti-system, anti-totality strategy - here termed an aphoristic strategy. Even globalization is accompanied in his view by a Western culture which itself is no longer a well-founded confident universalism. The system of Western culture is subject to radical uncertainty and chaos. Such fractalization can be opposed, in Baudrillard's view, only by the radical form of symbolic fragment, the aphorism and the singularity for this form alone attacks the system.
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