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The Transparency of Evil: Essays in Extreme Phenomena

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In this, his most important collection of essays since Le systeme des objets, Jean Baudrillard contemplates Western culture “after the orgy”—the orgy, that is, of the revolutions of the 1960s. The sexual revolution has led, he argues, not to sexual liberation but to a reign of transvestism, to a confusion of the categories of man and woman—to the “androgenous and Frankenst ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published May 17th 1993 by Verso (first published 1990)
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Banu Pluie
Apr 08, 2009 Banu Pluie rated it really liked it


Eskiden yolculuk yapmak, bir yerde olmanın ya da hiçbir yerde olmamanın yoluydu. Bugün, bir yerde olma duygusunu hissetmenin tek yoludur. Kendi evimde, her türlü enformasyonla bir yığın ekranla çevrelenmiş olarak, hiçbir yerde değilim artık.

KÖTÜLÜĞÜN ŞEFFAFLIĞI

-La Transparance du Mal-

Jean BAUDRILLARD
John David
Jean Baudrillard was probably one of the contemporary French postmodern philosophers and sociologists whose ideas were most accessible (relatively speaking) and well-received in the United States. This was my first time reading Baudrillard first-hand, and some of the ideas were surprising. This book is from the Verso Radical Thinkers imprint, which always has me expecting politically revolutionary ideas, or overt Marxism, neither of which Baudrillard embraces. In fact, he explicitly identifies h ...more
Mike
Aug 05, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it
The original French publication in 1990, one can imagine JB writing it with the attitude of "yo bitches, I'm Jean Baudrillard, don't even tell me what to say". In it he indulges his obsessions: cloning, the failure of identity, terrorism, etc. He presents our technological mastery over the world as bringing out the subversive in the inanimate. As if our imperfections in execution are what protect us from the consequences of our intentions. Perfection as a form of hell.
Chihiro
Jan 29, 2011 Chihiro rated it really liked it
Shelves: sociology
"Her kişi kendi görünümünü arıyor. Kendi varoluşunu ileri sürmek artık olanaklı olmadığından, ne var olmayı ne de bakılıyor olmayı dert etmeksizin boy göstermekten başka yapılacak bir şey kalmıyor geriye Varım, buradayım değil; görülüyorum, bir imajım; bak bana, bak! Narsisizm bile değil bu; sığ bir dışadönüklük, herkesin kendi görünüşünün menajeri haline geldiği bir tür reklamcı saflığı."


Baudrillard’ın karamsarlığını seviyorum. İlk cümleden etkisi altına alıveriyor insanı. “Artık bütün biçimler
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Tait Jensen
Feb 26, 2017 Tait Jensen rated it it was amazing
A breathtaking discussion of human destiny and our relationship to external systems in the aftermath of an age of liberation.
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În The Transparency of Evil (Le Transparence du Mal, 1990), Jean Baudrillard sugera că, prin intermediul imaginii, lumea e văzută în discontinuitatea şi în fragmentarea ei, astfel că, nesimulând nici timpul, nici mişcarea, este nerealistă. În viziunea lui Baudrillard, a crea o imagine constă în a dezbrăca obiectul de toate trăsăturile lui: greutate, continuitate, sens şi, prin această exorcizare, imaginea capătă fascinaţie.

Singurele fotografii autentice sunt cele luate prin surprindere, explică
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Hulya
Jul 12, 2012 Hulya rated it really liked it
...biraz mesafeli bakarsak, her özgürleşmenin varacağı kaçınılmaz noktanın dolaşım ağlarını teşvik etmek ve beslemek olduğunu söyleyebiliriz.Özgür kalan şeyler sonu gelmez bir biçimde birbirinin yerine geçmeye ve böylelikle gitgide artan belirsizliğe ve şüphecilik ilkesine mahkumdurlar..."
Çağın en okunası filozoflarından Baudrillard (yine bi fransızca isim okuma çabaları-sanırım bodriyard diye okunuyor böyle de yazılıyor) 'kendini aşmayan şey sürekli bir tekrarlanma döngüsüne girer ve artık tran
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James F
Feb 04, 2015 James F rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, modern
A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. These essays are bizarre almost to the point of incomprehensibility, tricked out with absurd metaphors and alliterative phrases. He begins by postulating that "all the goals of liberation are behind us", "the revolution has well and truly happened." I don't think he lives in the same world as the rest of us. The anonymous blurb from the NY Times on the back cover describes him as a "lone ranger of the post-Marxist left" but the ...more
Jonathan Norton
Nov 11, 2012 Jonathan Norton rated it it was ok
A somewhat dated collection of routines from Baudrillard, from 1990. As usual he has the occasional interesting or insightful comment, buried in the deluge of overstatement and sloppy argument, or outright absence of argument. But there's a real zest and inventiveness in his appropriation of terminology, even though the result is worthless as philosophy. He should have dropped any pretence at offering academic analysis of anything and just been a novelist, since he never needed Ballard, he was b ...more
Jay Magidson
Jul 31, 2012 Jay Magidson rated it really liked it
Baudrillard is one of the most readable of modern philosophers. The concepts are difficult, but it is about asking questions of the reader more than answering any. Simulacra is a better place to start. Also, read Nietzsche, Sartre, etc first. He builds on existentialism and nihilism.
June
Jun 14, 2012 June rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mixed bag here... some of the "essays" are just brilliant, but sometimes it seems as if he's smoked too much pot.
Yupa
Jun 03, 2012 Yupa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
mi spiace per gli alberi

Dire che è inutile sarebbe già fargli un complimento.
Non riesce a essere nemmeno inutile.
Chris Gould
Apr 09, 2012 Chris Gould rated it really liked it
Didn't finish this book first time round but would love to tackle it again. Remember he referred to Michael Jackson as an android. And La Cicciolina too. More of an Aristotle man myself.
Miikka
Jul 25, 2015 Miikka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty ambivalent about these essays. Some of them were insightful, like the treatise on photography in Radical Exoticism. The others felt like Baudrillard is just chaining together fancy words.
Yegor
May 31, 2016 Yegor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Не дочитал
Dat-Dangk Vemucci
Jun 01, 2016 Dat-Dangk Vemucci rated it really liked it
potent stuff. the discussion of the "difference society" is very pointed and feels true, but i wish baudrillard could have restrained hisself when writing about women and trans people..
Ivan Labayne
Aug 30, 2015 Ivan Labayne rated it it was ok
I am a bit sad for Jean, for when he talks in this book, it was as if he was talking to no one, not even to himself, not even faintly to himself.
Jimmy
Sep 20, 2012 Jimmy rated it it was ok
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It seemed to me similar to "Symbolic exchange and Death", but easier for perception, probably it's more market-oriented than that one.
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Jean Baudrillard (27 July 1929 – 6 March 2007) was a French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer. His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism.

Jean Baudrillard was also a Professor of Philosophy of Culture and Media Criticism at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he taught an Intensive Summer S
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