File spoon-archives/baudrillard.archive/baudrillard_2001/baudrillard.0109, message 76

Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2001 17:52:37 +0100
Subject: Re: Baudrillard and Lecourt


The book referred to is Dominique Lecourt's book 'the Mediocracy ' 
 published by Verso in 2001.Which is a sustained attack on the New 
Philosophers - by default Lecourt places Baudrillard in this group. It 
is correct that I have an intense dislike of the french new 
philosophers, but to be clear this is not simply because the group are 
reactionary but because non of them have produced any reasonable work. 
 (Glucksman's 'Master Thinkers' for example is simply dreadful 
ahistorical rubbish)...

I was curious to see if anyone on the list felt capable of defending 
Baudrillard from Lecourt's accusation...

To put this in context try reading Baudrillard's The Gulf War did not 
take place'  at the same time as the Mike Davis text  'Late Victorian 
Holocausts'.  Then work out which is closer to explaining the G8 
countries responses to the September tragedy...

(In wars the technologically advanced always win)


Sandra Walls wrote:

>> From: "steve.devos" <>
>> Reply-To:
>> To:
>> Subject: Baudrillard and Lecourt
>> Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 18:55:45 +0100
>> All
>> Earlier someone asked why the Baudrillard list only ever came into life
>> when an 'emergency' happened. Lecourt's book the Mediocracy explains it
>> as follows. Let me clarify, it begins with Sartre, when french
>> intellectual s learnt to write the emergency, write the crisis. But
>> unlike some of the current French philosophers/cultural theorists Sartre
>> actually had a body of important supportive work. Post Sartre and
>> others, a generation of lessor intellectuals, Levy, Glucksmann, Ferry
>> etc learnt  how to 'write the emergency', aiming to intervene from their
>> reactionary towers. In truth they have nothing to say except for the
>> usual 'anti-leftist drivel' , occasionally reaching the most
>> extraordinary heights of absurdity. For example they accused live-aid of
>> murdering children when it gave aid to third world regimes who had
>> supposedly marxist regimes... Pure stupidity.
>> Baudrillard sits uneasily in this group, but he is a nostalgic thinker
>> at times and on occasion writes simply to annoy.  But he does write the
>> emergency, without a body of supporting theoretical work to justify his
>> intellectual positions along  with Glucksmann, Levy and Ferry...
>> Does the Baudrillard list reflect this reactionary tendency?
>> regards
>> sdv
>> To Whom It May Concern:
>     I am unsure how I became entered in your list of questioning 
> philosiphical issues, but I am intrigued with some of your questions.  
> Is this just a debate concerning Baudrillard and Lecourt and if so 
> where could I find the dissertation or work that you refer too.  I 
> have noticed that you seem to have a dislike for many different works 
> from other's.  I would be quite interested in reading what you find so 
> fascinating concerning Baudrillard and Lecourts work in regards to the 
> recent tragedy.
> Sincerely, Sandra
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