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Download: The Self Under Siege (1993) Lecture 8: Fatal Strategies.avi

Transcript: In the, ah, final lecture on, ah, The Self Under Siege, we will discuss the work of Jean Baudrillard, a French social theorist. Actually that now is a misnomer since one of Baudrillard’s theses is the disappearance of the social. Baudrillard is perhaps the most important, ah, theorist that can be characterised as “post-modern”. And I have spent a lot of, ah, time, in fact, in a previous, ah, lecture series discussing the postmodern. I am going to give a very brief characterisation of it and then discuss, ah… Baudrillard’s relationship to it. The self under siege in modernity has, ah, always presumed that there was a self to be under siege. But in the view of Baudrillard society has reached a point at which it has literally been overcome by its technology and the new and important issues aren’t about, ah, things like the non-believer or the non-offender, but about the non-person. View Full Article »

Download: Nietzsche and the Post-Modern Condition (1991) Lecture 5: The Eternal Recurrence.mov

Transcript: This lecture is on a very troubling thesis of Nietzsche’s: The Eternal Recurrence. Before I discuss Nietzsche’s idea of The Eternal Recurrence I want to do a little bit of what I promised that I would do last time when I recounted the parable of The Death of God, and that’s to interpret it a little bit more. One of the nice things about parables – and I am going to compare that parable to some other parables. One of the nice things about parables is that in a certain sense if one is to read them at all – engage in reading them at all – parables demand, require interpretation. They quite literally can’t mean what they say, quite literally. And if you notice in many traditions, the attempt to communicate through a parable is the attempt to communicate a truth that, as it were, could not possibly be communicated in another, sort of, more linear form without, as it were, the aid of a story. View Full Article »