‘Jean Baudrillard: The Disappearance of Culture’

Published May 2017 at Edinburgh University Press

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French theorist Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) was one of the foremost intellectual figures of the present age whose work combines philosophy, social theory, and an idiosyncratic cultural metaphysics that reflects on key events of phenomena of the epoch.

A sharp critic of contemporary society, culture, and thought, Baudrillard is often seen as a leading figure of French postmodern theory, although he can also be read as a thinker who combines social theory and philosophy in original and provocative ways and a writer who has developed his own style and forms of writing.

He was an extremely prolific author who has published over thirty books and commented on some of the most salient cultural and sociological phenomena of the contemporary era, including the erasure of the distinctions of gender, race, and class that structured modern societies in a new postmodern consumer, media, and high tech society; the mutating roles of art and aesthetics; fundamental changes in politics, culture, and human beings; and the impact of new media, information, and cybernetic technologies in the creation of a qualitatively different social order, providing fundamental mutations of human and social life.

Originally published between 1968 and 2014, these 25 interviews include material translated into English for the first time and new transcriptions of otherwise unavailable English-language material from now discontinued video and audio sources.

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