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This is Not a Pipe

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What does it mean to write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? René Magritte's famous canvas provides the starting point for a delightful homage by French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. Much better known for his incisive and mordant explorations of power and social exclusion, Foucault here assumes a more playful stance. By explorin ...more
Paperback, 25th Anniversary Edition, 104 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by University of California Press (first published 1973)
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Oct 11, 2013 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
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ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬
Kitabı bulmam Magritte'yi araştırırken oldu. Surrealist ressamlardan -sanırım geçerken büyük ihtimal- en sevdiğim ve bana en ilham verendir Magritte. Foucault ise hakkında okuyup, eserlerini okumasam da kendisi okumuşluğum vardı.

Bu kitapta Foucault, Magritte'nin La Trahison des Images (1929) (İmgelerin İhaneti)'den etkilenerek yazdığı ve kitaplaştırdığı bir eleştiri/analiz/fikir beyanı yazısı :) Üstüne diyecek çok bir şey yok, üstelik sadece La Trahison des Images değil, ilerleyen bölümlerde Fo
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory
I am not the kind of person who reads social theory for fun. There are moments, however, when I feel like I'm stuck in such a deep rut, that life is so deeply mired in the mundanity that I need something to make me think -- really think -- about something outside myself, outside the daily routine, outside politics and the urgent fear and despair of humanity. And so I find myself reading Foucault, not because I like him, but because me forces me radically out of my own interior space and into his ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One easy way to answer "Why read this book" is: to know how to read Avant Grade art.
Yet a more favorable answer would be; to learn how to think surreal, how to see a different, new dimension, one where art takes more forms than humanly understandable, or one that isn't only based on automatism, but surpasses that to the point where the very definition of art, base, limits, and all such vocabulary, is defined by the artist himself, by the uniqueness and the singularity of himself. A new dimension
Kaveh soltany
Oct 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اين يک چپق نيست عنوان تابلويي از رنه مگريت است. فوکو با تکيه از نقاشي بي نظير اين يک چپق نيست به نقد زبانشناسانه ي مدرني مي پردازد که بي نظير است . کتاب کوتاهي اما بسيار فني و پيچيده است
Ahmad Sharabiani
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, art
فوکو معتقد است دو چیز هنگامی ناسازگارند که پیوندشان با یکدیگر نامتناسب و رمزآلود باشد. او شیفتهء چیزی بود که خود آن را درهمستان نامیده؛ در این درهمستان وضعیت به گونهای است که در واقع چیزها هیچ پیوندی با یکدیگر ندارند، زیربنایی وجود ندارد که بتواند بین آن چیزها با یکدیگر حتی به صورت نامتناسبی، تناسب برقرار کند، آن چیزها فقط در کنار هم قرار گرفتهاند. فوکو و مگریت در دهمستان به سنجش زبان میپردازند، فوکو از دیدگاهی تاریخی و مگریت از دیدگاهی تصویری.

یک واژه، به راستی، همان چیزی است که در واژه باز تاب
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is not a book as much as an essay, really. Following soon after his seminal work, The Order of Things (Les Mots et les choses), Foucault's 1968 essay not only offers a insightful study of Magritte's famous Treachery of Images (Ceci n'est pas une pipe), it also provides an introduction to the French philosopher himself.
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هم کتاب خوبیه هم خوب ترجمه شده،قشنگ معلومه مانی حقیقی وقت گذاشته برا ترجمه ش.دمش گرم!ا
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, art
A love letter to Magritte. Perhaps worth reading in parallel with Mieville's Last Days of New Paris along with Breton.

In depth analysis of the painting of the same name: and then also
Much discussion of “what lends the figure its strangeness is not the ‘contradiction’ between the image and the text” (19), as “contradiction can only exist between two statements” (id.). The solitary statement is not contradictory because it is “simple demonstrative” (id.), and can merely be false, as opposed to a
Gary Medlock
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foucault is a difficult read. His concepts and language require much of the reader, making re-readings and multiple contemplations frequent requirements. So why is he so intent to make us read so much of it unnecessarily? That’s not to say that This is Not a Pipe is not worthwhile. On the contrary, its reconsideration of the meaning of representation and originals is both thought-provoking and whimsical (in the best meaning of that word). However, the book (shall we say “long essay”?) is needles ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-digital, arte
Creo que es uno de esos libros que habría que leer fumando una pipa (con marihuana).
Mahya Moq
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مگریت و فوکو و مانی حقیقی. :)
Utku Türk
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Bu 'Bu Bir Pipo Değildir'e yapılmış bir yorum değildir.

İlk söylemem gereken bu kitabı bir kere daha okumam gerektiği. Fakat yine de, anlayabildiğim kadarıyla, buraya bir şeyler yazacağım, ki ne kadar anladığımdan hiç emin değilim.

İngilizceye çevirenin yazdığı önsöz, kitapta bahsedilecek bir çok düşünceye çok kısa bir giriş sunuyor. Foucault'nun diğer kitaplarındaki fikirleriyle, bu kitabı yazma amaçlarını birbirlerine bağlıyor. Bu önsöz metninin biraz yorucu olduğu, yorucu olması gerektiği kadar
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Sanatı yalnızca görülene bakışta alınan haz ve ya teknik açıdan incelenip çözümlenmesi gereken bir ürün olarak almayanların, aksine sanatın felsefi boyutunda derinlere dalıp çıkarak sanat eserlerini yeniden keşfetmek isteyenlerin mutlaka okuması gereken bir kitap.

René Magritte'in Bu Bir Pipo Değildir (Ceci n'est pas une pipe)'ine tam da bakılması gerektiği gibi bakıoyr Michel Foucault. Dili dille kıran Nietszche ve Foucault'dan sonra dili resmiyle çökerten Magritte'i yine Foucault'yla sorgulamak
Gabriel Sommer
This book was quiet interesting. When looking at Rene Magritte's Painting of a pipe and underneath this painting in neat script is written "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" which is french for "This is not a Pipe." You begin to wonder what this means. It may just be surrealistic art but Michel Foucault really shows us his deep thoughts about this painting and its meaning. If you were to see this people might just say that it is nonsensical, i too thought this, yet now i think differently about this artw ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
flurging excellent book. can't praise it enough. without sounding obsequious
Josh Harvey
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
The first 'text' of Foucault I've read in its entirety. Despite its brevity, it's still a little slow going...lots of dense ekphrasis. Foucault shows how Magritte's paintings of pipes function in several ways (decomposed calligram, network of signifying signs all referring back to each other...), but I think the 'inti pati' of the book actually comes from a letter written by Magritte to Foucault, inserted before the translator's notes. Magritte writes, 'It seems to me that, for example, green pe ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, art
در مقایسه با برگردانهای اخیر نوشتههای فیلسوفان قارهای به فارسی، این کتاب که سال اولین چاپش ۱۳۷۵ است بسیار دقیق ترجمه شده و با یادداشتهای روشنگری در باب ریزهکاریهای برخی عبارات در زبان مبدأ همراه است. ضعفش در این است که عکسهای نقاشیهای ماگریت سیاه و سفید چاپ شده و دو تا از آنها سانسور شدهاست. ...more
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: french
Foucault and myself have a generally strained relationship. I'm not exactly sure why. I think that it may have to do with some extremely graphic descriptions of torture. The book did not have any such descriptions making it seem to be getting off on a much better foot. That is until it just starts getting off on itself. Being that Foucault is not one of the philosophers whom I constantly stand in the same position with, I do unfairly require more work from him in an essay than I may from Hitchen ...more
Yasemin Şahin
Rene Magritte'in "bu bir pipo değildir" tablosundan yola çıkarak, bu tabloyu ve o dönemde kendisinin de sorguladığı benzemek ve andırmak kelimeleri üstüne bir kitap... Kelimeler ve şeyler kitabı üzerine düşünceleri ve yorumlarını da içeriyor. Bu kitabını okumadan önce Kelimeler ve Şeyler kitabını okumuş olsaydım daha açık ve anlaşılır gelebilirdi. Bir nesne olan piponun tam olarak (hiç değiştirilmeden) resmeden Rene Magritte tabloya bir de yazı iliştirmiştir. "Bu bir pipo değildir". Bunun bir pi ...more
I'm sure there has been several interpretations of this picture from readers and, Foucault himself. However, what came to me when I read the book and looked at the picture and/or title, is just that. It is not a pipe, but a picture of a pipe. No matter how it's situated, the size, frame, the artist is telling you it is a picture. Oftentimes, we overthink everything and fail to see the obvious.

However, one can only guess when it comes to Foucault. I believe his belief was for none his belief to
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
um pequeno ensaio que tem dois capítulos geniais: 1) o caligrama desfeito, em que foucault propõe três leituras do quadro de magritte fazendo uma ponte com o conceito de representação e 2) os sete selos da afirmação, em que ele dá voz a cada elemento da pintura (o cachimbo encerrado, o cachimbo que voa, o enunciado que nega e o quadro dentro do quadro) para estabelecer relações entre os conceitos de semelhança e similitude.

não sei se há uma versão ilustrada, talvez não por questões de direitos a
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, art
Rene Magritte turned art on its head by combining words and images in a way that at first seems whimsical or poppy but then as you continue to sit with it allows you to weaken your stranglehold on what you have constructed as reality.

Foucault somehow managed to see and grasp that process at work and manages to describe it and delve deeply into it in a intellectually beautiful and pun-filled way.

Short and sweet, worth the read if you like either of the two or like art criticism or philosophy of r
Nov 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ever wanted to know why magritte's pipe isn't? this is foucault's explanation, an interesting depiction of the unspokeness of representation as decoded and emphasized in margritte's paintings. this is a brief investigation into the infinite space between words and images. reminded me of a comic book artist friend - who told me that the most important part of a comic illustration was the space (the gutter?) between two panels. this is where the mind must create the undepicted connection that link ...more
«نشانهها، که بهگونهای زیرکانه بر صفحهای از کاغذ آراسته شدهاند، همان چیزی را متجلی میکنند که از آن سخن نیز میگویند، از بیرون، از راه حاشیهای که رسم میکنند از راه پدیدار شدن حجمشان بر فضای خالی صفحه. و در ازای این، شکل مرئی حفاری میشود، چروکیده بهدست واژههایی که از درون خراشش میدهند و با نادیده گرفتن حضور ساکن و مبهم و بینام، سرچشمه دلالتهایی که بر آن نام میگذارند را به فوران وامیدارند، تعیینش میکنند و در جهان سخن قرارش میدهند» ...more
Daniel Iván
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Not a light read, but can be read on the fly. What I truly like about this book is the close relationship between the core ideas of Foucault's analysis (specially his insight on the art as representation) and the current tensions between art and digitalia. The letter exchange between Foucault and Magritte is a perfect addendum. A must read.
Roberto Rigolin Ferreira Lopes
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Amusing how Foucault does all sorts of exercises addressing such simple matter. He explains the Magritte's painting from several angles. This stuff stretched my imagination a bit. Of course Magritte was masterful creating things to throw people out of common sense. Such an impolite artist. Provoking us to think!
Nov 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Foucault to my knowledge, only wrote two books on aesthetics - one on Raymond Roussel and the other on the painter Margritte. And this is a superb study on his paintings and how he plays with the image and what that image means to Foucault. The fascinating aspect of this mash-up is Foucault is not really a literary or art critic - so his take on the art is totally unique and uber-interesting.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yapıkredi Yayınları'ndan çıkan çevirisinde analiz edilen bazı tabloların küçük (ya da mümkünse büyük) resimlerinin de olması gerekirdi. Eğer kitabı okurken bu tabloları görme imkanınız yoksa açıklamaların çoğu oldukça soyut ve havada kalabiliyor. Başka basımlarında resimler varsa (ben sadece YKY'ninkini biliyorum) mutlaka resimli versiyonu tercih edilmeli.
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Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, social theorist and historian of ideas. He held a chair at the Collège de France with the title "History of Systems of Thought," and lectured at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Berkeley.

Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences and the prison sys
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