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The Intelligence of Evil or the Lucidity Pact

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In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and at the height of the "War on Terror", the controversial postmodernist thinker Jean Baudrillard wrote The Intelligence of Evil. In tackling the rhetoric of the so-called "clash of civilizations" between a capitalist West and a fundamentalist religious Islam, the book also provides a summation of many of the most important themes of Baurdrillard's philosophical project.

Baudrillard here explores how neoliberal political rhetoric has divided human cultures are divided into two antagonistic forces, one based on symbolic exchange, which is dual and reciprocal, and one based on money and sign exchange, which is totalising. Non-western societies can create genuinely symbolic, durable cultures. But the western world-system, based on a logic of empire, is designed to create an integrated and sealed reality, to snap tight around the world and its image. If the first is indestructible and the second is irresistible, who can win and what will victory look like?

Author: Baudrillard Jean
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781780935683
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2013

Integral Reality

At the Margins of the Real

The World in its Deep Illusoriness

The Easiest Solutions--Do you want to be free?--Do you want to be anyone else?

The Murder of the Sign

The Mental Diaspora of the Networks

We are All Agnostics

The Violence Done to the Image

Contemporary Art Contemporary with Itself

Virtuality and Events

Evil and Misfortune

The Intelligence of Evil

For Whom does the Bell of Politics Toll?

The Destruction of the Golden Pavilion

Duality's Revenge

Fracture Lines

Parallel Universes--Existential Divide--Time Divide


Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) began teaching sociology at the Université de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007. His many works include Simulations and Simulacra, America, The Perfect Crime, The System of Objects, Passwords, The Transparency of Evil, The Spirit of Terrorism, and Fragments, among others.

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