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By Mark B. N. Hansen, W. J. T. Mitchell

ISBN-10: 0226532666

ISBN-13: 9780226532660

Communications, philosophy, movie and video, electronic tradition: media stories straddles an brilliant array of fields and disciplines and produces a vocabulary that's in equivalent components rigorous and intuitive. serious phrases for Media reviews defines, and from time to time, redefines, what this new and hybrid zone goals to do, illuminating the most important recommendations at the back of its liveliest debates and so much dynamic topics.

Part of a bigger dialog that engages tradition, expertise, and politics, this interesting choice of essays explores our most crucial language for facing the features and modes of up to date media. Edited by way of striking students within the box, W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen, the quantity good points works by means of a group of unusual participants. those essays, commissioned expressly for this quantity, are geared up into 3 interrelated teams: “Aesthetics” engages with phrases that describe sensory stories and judgments, “Technology” deals access right into a huge array of technological options, and “Society” opens up language describing the structures that permit a medium to function.

A compelling reference paintings for the twenty-first century and the media that shape our adventure inside it, serious phrases for Media stories will have interaction and deepen any reader’s wisdom of 1 of our most vital new fields.

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Rather, Nietzsche describes this pessimistic disposition of pity “casting around ever wider to catch even philosophers and make them ill, as the most uncanny (unheimlich) symptom of our European culture . ” Once again, Schopenhauer’s pessimism is important to Nietzsche as a diagnosis and recasting of Western developments that have not been understood as pessimistic or nihilistic, and this self-deceiving understanding is a primary target of Nietzsche’s genealogical critique. ” A “new demand” presses upon us: We need a critique of moral values, the value of these values should itself, for once, be put into question – and so we need to know about the conditions and circumstances under which the values grew up, developed, and changed.

Plato’s seemingly transcendent aims brought him to critique tragic art precisely because of the characteristics that Nietzsche considered life-affirming. In Books II, III, and X of the Republic, Plato attacks tragic poetry because it falsely portrays the divine as unstable, dark, immoral, and unjust; and the sensuous pleasures of artistic works prompt the passions and seduce us to the attractions of bodily life, which block the higher possibilities of intellectual and spiritual transcendence.

Wisdom, for Schopenhauer, entailed recognizing the ultimate pointlessness of existence and practicing resignation, in a way similar to religious ascetic traditions, but without otherworldly hopes. ” Nietzsche came to see Schopenhauer’s philosophy as the secret code to the entire Western tradition. First of all, Schopenhauer shared the West’s chronophobic assessment of life. Even though he dismissed optimistic projects, his proposal of life-denial showed that he agreed with the tradition’s criteria of value, but simply disagreed that such criteria could be realized in any positive form.

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