- Capa dura: 234 páginas
- Editora: University of Virginia Press (14 de março de 2006)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0813925169
- ISBN-13: 978-0813925165
- Dimensões do produto: 14,7 x 2,8 x 21,8 cm
- Peso do produto: 499 g
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Sacred Order/Social Order, Volume 1: My Life Among the Deathworks: Illustrations of Aesthetics and Authority (Inglês) Capa dura – 13 mar 2006
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Philip Rieff, Benjamin Franklin Professor of Sociology and University Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, is author of the classic works Freud: Mind of the Moralist, The Triumph of the Therapeutic, and Fellow Teachers, and the editor of The Collected Papers of Sigmund Freud. Kenneth S. Piver is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Diego, California. James Davison Hunter is La Brosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor in Religion, Culture, and Social Theory at the University of Virginia.
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This is an essential, indispensable read for anyone seeking to read the modern/postmodern West correctly, and a healing purgative for the children of the Twentieth Century.
This work is important. It's hard to imagine anyone reading/digesting this without having their mind and life seriously reformed. 5 stars are not enough.
I was struck by how personally Rieff takes what has happened and by his willingness to say , I don't like it. I f that doesn't sound like much , consider the fact that most commentary you read on almost every topic is in some sense a paen to nothingness. Think of how many articles youv'e read explaining to you that the purpose of art , even thought itself is to be transgressive and subversive of the existing society.Which always means , not the existing society but what Rieff calls the second world.I have grown extremely weary of reading that kind of recycled banality posing as thought.What is funny , maybe , scarey is you'll read this kind of warmed over dreck in reviews of TV shows.My point being that this has long since stopped being the province of elite culture.Everyone can now be Foucault. In that context Rieffs rather brilliant yelps of protest are salutory.Also salutory is Rieffs embrace of his own roots as a Jew.In the transition to modernity, Rieff has witnessed in his own life what has gone.What has replaced it? A handful of dust.
My Life among the Deathworks is striking in its accessibility. This is not "easy" reading -- then again, no one visiting this page is on the hunt for that -- but it is Rieff with pictures. His incursions, made as they are against mounted attacks on culture (the titular "Deathworks"), feature the images of the Deathworks themselves. Rieff is more humane and introspective than ever, in the service of an ontology that takes the lead in Rieff's taking of sides. Gone are the days of Rieff's academic reticence to dirty his hands with the fleeting passions of culture. Those fleeting passions are now the battlefield upon which the fleetingness of culture itself is being determined.
Perhaps the central Deathwork in Rieff's analysis is Marcel Duchamp's "Being Given," which depicts a decayed female body lifting a lighted lamp. Rather than spoiling the depth and power of the analysis, suffice it to say that Rieff declares against the zombification of society: a culture of death as violent as it is erotic. My Life among the Deathworks is the first salvo of a three-volume series. The next takes aim at the knights of the living dead themselves -- those Rieff calls "the officer class" of the anti-culture.
As for the present volume, it is the most important book written by the most important sociologist writing -- because it reaches to the heart of the central cultural issue of our time. Rieff has written for any reader with patience and literacy -- and a deep disquiet over the rot that can often be sensed creeping over the world. Rieff is not anti-art or anti-artist. His is not a reactionary philosophy. He has no use for the old church civilization, which he pronounces exhausted. But by the same token, Rieff declares himself an honorary Christian, and hews as close as one reasonably can today to the 10 Commandments. His work is, in essence, a discursus on Commandment 2.
What Rieff is for is God -- permanent authority that is fixed but not fossilized -- and the social order he terms in his system of lowercase acronyms "via" (vertical in authority). What his enemies are for is an obliteration of that vertical, and its replacement with an amoebic horizontal of social flesh -- rather than God, one could say, "god" (games on demand).
Anyone inclined toward the preservation of wisdom and order across generations and repulsed by the new pop cult of trans-hood ought scroll back up and order this book at once. Anyone uncertain about what is happening to the progress of western civilization should do the same. Rieff's latest is probably the best entry-point into his whole literature, and beyond that is a vital tool for feeling intellects everywhere.
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