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The Spirit of Terrorism Jean Baudrillard

The Spirit of Terrorism By Jean Baudrillard

The Spirit of Terrorism by Jean Baudrillard


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Baudrillard here argues that until September 11, we had had no symbolic event on a world scale that marked a setback for globalization. With the terrorist attacks, we are confronted, says Baudrillard, with the pure event which concentrates in itself all the events which have never taken place.

The Spirit of Terrorism Summary

The Spirit of Terrorism by Jean Baudrillard

In dealing all the cards to itself, the system forced the Other to change the rules of the game. And the new rules are ferocious, because the game is ferocious. We have seen many world events, and recent years have been filled with any number of violent ones, from wars to genocides. But until September 11 we had had no symbolic event on a world scale that marked a setback for globalization itself. With the terrorist attacks we are confronted, says Baudrillard, with the pure event that concentrates in itself all the events which have never taken place. And we had all dreamt of this event because it was impossible not to dream of the destruction of American monopolistic power.
Continuing an analysis developed over many years, Baudrillard sees the power of the terrorists as lying in the symbolism of this slaughter. Not merely the reality of death, but a sacrificial death that challenges the whole system. Where the past revolutionary sought to conduct a struggle of real forces in the context of ideology and politics, the new terrorist mounts a powerful symbolic challenge, which, when combined with high-tech resources, constitutes an unprecedented assault on an over-sophisticated, vulnerable West. 'There is,' writes Baudrillard, 'no solution to this extreme situation.' As a response to it, conventional warfare is a non-starter, a non-event. It is merely 'the continuation of an absence of politics by other means.'

The Spirit of Terrorism Reviews

... philosophical perfection. Each book [in the Verso series of 9-11] offers powerful and highly readable commentary that whirlwinds around the specter of the towers, and together the texts raise an indelibly valuable dialogue where many are still afraid to step. Unbreakable, these volumes are filled with extraordinary ideas and ideals that slowly piece together from one poetic line to the next. * XLR8R Magazine *
First prize for cerebral cold-bloodedness goes to French philosopher Jean Baudrillard. * New York Times *

About Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) began teaching sociology at the Universite de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007.

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GOR006568899
9781859844113
1859844111
The Spirit of Terrorism by Jean Baudrillard
Used - Good
Paperback
Verso Books
20021017
56
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