Reimagining Life: Philosophical Pessimism and the Revolution of Surrealism

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Fairleigh Dickinson, 07.06.2011 - 206 Seiten
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In Reimagining Life, Raihan Kadri presents a pioneering critical history of the epistemological and theoretical origins of the Surrealist movement and its subsequent legacy. The book contains extensive examination and new interpretations of the oft-neglected theoretical writing of Surrealists such as André Breton, Louis Aragon, Antonin Artaud, and Salvador Dalí, in order to demonstrate how Surrealism is connected to a broader lineage of philiosophical pessimism-involving such figures as Fredrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, and Arthur Rimbaud-which Kadri argues represents a particular strain of modernism aimed at breaking human thought away from the constraints of religion and other forms of idealism in order to expand the possibilities for knowledge and human freedom. The innovative, wide-ranging study deftly traverses fields of art, politics, philosophy, psychology, and literature. Reimagining Life redefines Surrealism's place in modern intellectual history and offers a new vision of how Surrealist discourse can be connected to contemporary debates in cultural, critical, and theoretical studies.
 

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Introduction
1
1 Philosophical Pessimism and The New Spirit
17
2 Revolution of the Mind
49
3 Plurality and Unity
79
4 From Vitalism to Epivitalism
107
5 The Defense of Infinity
157
Notes
165
Bibliography
181
Index
187
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Raihan Kadri has taught in the areas of philosophy, art history, and comparative studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and University of Essex. He works as a writer, lecturer, and theoretician, specializing in modern intellectual history and Surrealism.

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