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Posts Tagged ‘Romanticism’

Consumerism into Fascism? (Part 1)

04.30.2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

In this first part I will argue that romantic consumerism is decidedly non-heroic and intuitively anti-totalitarian – I will try and explore the potential for totalitarian reversals in the second part. I have argued that the now habitual condemnation of consumer culture as the central evil of contemporary capitalism is misguided and potentially reactionary. But there are ...

rousseau as puritan?

12.06.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Not really – but his Calvinist background clearly shows – as for example in his seemingly square and unromantic condemnation of unproductivity he deploys in his prize-winning rant against the arts and sciences that  kick-started his career as a writer « Si nos sciences sont vaines dans l’objet qu’elles se proposent, elles sont encore plus dangereuses ...

Consumer Daydreams and Kierkegaard’s Sickness unto Death

12.26.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

I realised I should read a bit more Kierkegaard when one of our undergraduates made reference to him when writing on consumer culture and commodified selves/identities – and I found I had overlooked a thing or two in my first reading of him a decade ago. Delving into the Sickness unto Death, what I found ...

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the eccentricity of the romantic consumer: campbell, simmel, and plessner

10.16.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

(Paper presented at the 4th International Plessner Conference, 16th to 18th September, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) pdf Consumer culture has few defenders and there are even fewer who dare to argue that consumer culture may in a sense make us broader and deeper personalities. In this talk I will try to make the case ...

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