Fragments: Conversations with François L'Yvonnet

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 119 pages
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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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Contents

Untimely fragments
1
Activist fragments
15
Aphoristic fragments
21
Fragments and fractals
33
Anthropological fragments
49
Fateful fragments
59
Fragments and viruses I
71
Fragments of light
85
Fragment fragments
103
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Jean Baudrillard (1929--2007) was a philosopher, sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity who challenged all existing theories of contemporary society with humor and precision. An outsider in the French intellectual establishment, he was internationally renowned as a twenty-first century visionary, reporter, and provocateur.

Chris Turner, who has translated many of Baudrillard's most acclaimed works into English, has also translated works by Paul Virilio and Andre Gors.

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