Introduction-to-antiphilosophyst. Introduction-to- antiphilosophyst. Introduction to Antiphilosophy. by Boris Groys. Introduction to Antiphilosophy has 45 ratings and 0 reviews. Philosophy is traditionally understood as the search for universal truths, and philosophers. Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University, and also a Professor of.

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B oris Groys, who has the trepidation-inducing title of Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University, is the author of The Total Art of Stalinisma provocative essay in which he argues that the avant garde desire to transform the entirety of reality, to antiphilosophg life itself into a unitary art work, found a form of twisted completion in Stalinism.

Production of philosophy can be interpreted as an extraordinary, mysterious, ‘poetic’ process that is accessible only to a chosen few. For all that there is to enjoy in this argument, Groys is no apologist for anti-philosophy in all its forms, but is simply describing its place within a broader history of ideas, most often connected with the history of art and art theory.

Introduction to Antiphilosophy discusses a dozen or so thinkers — most of them Western European, most of them unsystematic — since Kierkegaard. Although I would recommend it to anyone already interested in antiphilisophy theory and the avant garde, it is not quite the book I thought it was.

It is also frequently insightful and will therefore be of great use for both those so-called philosophers and non-philosophers alike. Moreover, the temporality of this choice to go on philosophizing about the impossibility of philosophy or to perform that end by giving up the discipline introduces another contrast between the earlier, more consistent forms of modern anti-philosophy and its postmodern, inconsistent and one suspects too, for Groys, disingenuous forms.

In Art PowerGroys mocks the solemn ideological vagueness of so many academic essays, exhibition catalogues and wall captions: To ask other readers questions about Introduction to Antiphilosophyplease sign up. Valisa Iskandar rated it it was amazing Dec 09, The result has often been a somewhat paradoxical model of art-making, in which the deliberate creations of the artist passively transmit unsuspected historical meaning.


It was a brave as well as a controversial volume, and it was particularly astute in reading socialist realism, both plastic and literary, not as a repudiation of the supremacist art of Malevich or the futurism of Mayakovsky, but as a continuation of the desire to create a politically feasible and genuinely populist avant garde, albeit within the now totalitarian strictures of Stalinism.

No trivia or quizzes yet. In that one slippage, the whole of anti-philosophy’s conundrum is caught in flash-photography. This parallel between art and philosophy draws the project closer to Groys’ own field while also facilitating a very productive analogy in the notion of a readymade concept.

Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys

He also backdates some of these ideas to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s concerns about the relationship between text, image and mediality, comparing them with both McLuhan’s and Greenberg’s views on the medium as message, or the image as text and the text as ‘readymade’ p. If the likes of Derrida, for example, were consistent in their philosophical nihilism, then they would also renounce their own heroic status as master thinkers and, indeed, the practice itself of the discipline as a transcendental, hegemonic discourse whether this is fair, at least to Derrida, is a moot point.

Karl rated it it was amazing Sep 28, Only the first two essays, on Kierkegaard and Shestov, unambiguously tackle anti-philosophy hence, their position in the book as any reader would normally understand it. That said, one suspects that Groys is actually rather skeptical of the whole antjphilosophy, and especially with regard to some of the more contemporary forms of anti-philosophy that he dubs ‘postmodern’.

Yet there is no Hegelian or Adornian heaviness in someone who can write: Certainly, the title of the Preface to the English edition offers us another key-term that could well act as a leitmotif for the emergence of anti-philosophy in the 20 th Century: Groys’ Introduction to Antiphilosophy is both something more and less than these other, possible books.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Whether you find this terrifying or not, it’s worth wondering about. Boris Efimovich Groys born 19 March is an art critic, media theorist, and philosopher. The connection between this leveling of objects and antiphilisophy pluralism is clear: As for the substance of history disclosed by true art, it is little short of agony.

Show 25 25 50 All. What it is reflects its author’s research as an art critic and media theorist who is best known for writing The Total Art of Stalinism Niki Palmen rated it liked it Dec 02, Groys writes beautifully about Walter Benjamin, and again proposes an eyebrow-raising idea: Books by Boris Groys.


The final essay in the collection is more eclectic again, linking Wagner’s ‘total work of art’ to McLuhan’s democratizing media theory, which Groys expands to include the Internet and even participatory art. Today he teaches art theory in Karlsruhe and New York City. You are not logged in If you have already registered please login here If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to the entire online archive subscribe here Institutions or university library users please login here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here.