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Guy Debord

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«This is the first serious intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International (1957-1972) and author of The Society of the Spectacle, perhaps the seminal book of May 1968 in France. Anselm Jappe rejects recent attempts to set Debord up as a "postmodern" icon, arguing that he was a social theorist in the Hegelian-Marxist tradition—not a prec ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published August 5th 1992
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Marx himself (according to Jappe) did not entirely grasp some of the fundamental forms of capitalism -- treating as essential characteristics what were actually traits of precapitalist forms of production. Thus, where Marx (in the 1860s) supposed that the working class would have to be excluded from the bourgeoisie and that the crisis of capitalism would arise from the shortcomings of the commodity form, by the 1960s it appeared that crisis had come instead from the total VICTORY of the commodit ...more
Overall a very good study on Debord's writings and thoughts on the structure of contemporary society. Not as good as reading the great man's words - but nevertheless a perfect book to wonder 'why' on. Good book to carry around St. Michel.
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Anselm Kappe grew up in Cologne and in the Périgord. He studied in Paris and Rome where he obtained, respectively, a master's and then a doctorate degree in philosophy. His advisor was Mario Permiola. A member of the Krisis Groupe, he has published numerous articles in different journals and reviews, including Iride (Florence), Il Manifesto (Rome), L'Indice (Milan) and Mania (Barcelona). In his wr ...more
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