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The Intelligence of Evil or the Lucidity Pact

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There are few philosophers today cool enough to be referenced in the Matrix, interesting enough to be mentioned on Six Feet Under, and popular enough to get over 606,000 hits on Google. Jean Baudrillard has succeeded in all of this and more. Now, in his latest book, Baudrillard presents his most popular themes--symbolic exchange, hyper-reality, technology and war--and appl ...more
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Published December 1st 2005 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 2004)
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Asamatteroffact Glesmann
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating. There's a lot going on in this book, so it's difficult to pin it down into a 'main idea'. But that's typical Baudrillard. One thought that sticks after reading this book: the rapid growth of information - and increasing ease of access to information - does not, contrary to popular assumption, increase our knowledge or our prospects for freedom. It just makes it more difficult to tell what is and isn't 'really' going on.
Ross
Mar 19, 2008 added it
I've read a lot along the same lines so am probably laying myself open to cries of 'leftie', or worse, but I can't be the only one for whom the notion of "too /[much]/ reality" strikes a chord? In a society where 'newspapers' don't report 'news' and periodicals are so skewed as to be unsuitable as references it seems that Baudrillard's view (though the book's 'answer' may not be mine) has too much to offer to not be part of the mainstream debate.
Alessandro Esposito
Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Nice book of a French philosopher that left us few months ago...
Probably better known for the inspiration he gave, with his studies, for "The Matrix" saga (something that Baudrillard has always rejected), this 'egghead' comes from the school of Deleuze and from the so called "Nietzsche-renaissance", and focused his researches on the relationship between men and reality...
This book analyzes the crisis of modern men through our loss of imagination and illusions, things sacrified in modern societie
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Olivia
Mar 04, 2009 is currently reading it
not quite your muni read.
Mark
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
For Baudrillard followers or scholars who want the nuances...the prophet's final gloss on what came much earlier.
v
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This, the "closing text" in the "cycle of 'theory-fictions'" beginning with Fatal Strategies, is likely the most significant of Baudrillard's books in his last decade of writing. The Intelligence of Evil finds him fiercely independent, yet indebted to writers who came before him; dauntingly subtle, yet unabashedly straightforward; and unmatched in both his timeliness and untimeliness. While Baudrillard's penultimate reflections on Evil, God, disappearance and becoming are beautiful and touching, ...more
Zuhair Mehrali
Cooked and burnt my brain, but that's because I haven't read much of Baudrillard's earlier work; this one is like a summation of all that came before. Fascinating and entertaining(!) as long as I ignored the nihilism alluded to throughout. The only way I could get through it without wanting to cry was by laughing along with (at?) it.
Steve
May 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Pataphysics now, damn it!

Les
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It looks bad for mankind. "Why is there nothing instead of something."
Richard
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Some great ideas, but the problem with Baudrillard is he reduces a lot of what he says in this book to pithy statements that sound like Wes Studi's character in Mystery Men.
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Jean Baudrillard 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 Seminar.

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