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Designs on the Contemporary: Anthropological Tests

by Paul Rabinow and Anthony Stavrianakis University of Chicago Press
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Designs on the Contemporary pursues the challenge of how to design and put into practice strategies for inquiring into the intersections of philosophy and anthropology. Drawing on the conceptual repertoires of Max Weber, Michel Foucault, and John Dewey, among others, Paul Rabinow and Anthony Stavrianakis reflect on and experiment with how to give form to anthropological inquiry and its aftermath, with special attention to the ethical formation and ramifications of this mode of engagement.

The authors continue their prior explorations of the contemporary in past works: How to conceptualize, test, and give form to breakdowns of truth and conduct, as well as how to open up possibilities for the remediation of such breakdowns. They offer a surprising and contrasting pair of case studies of two figures who engaged with contemporary breakdowns: Salman Rushdie and Gerhard Richter. Approaching Richter and rsquo;s artistic struggles with form and technique in the long wake of modernism and Rushdie and rsquo;s struggles to find a narrative form and mdash;as well as a form for living and mdash;to respond to the Iranian fatwa issued against him, they show how both men formulated different new approaches to anthropology for the twenty-first century.

Preface Part One: After the Actual Introduction One. Problematization of the Modern: Bios Two. Logic Three. Forms Part Two: Toward the Contemporary Introduction Four. The Rushdie Affair: Truth and Conduct Five. Gerhard Richter's Pathos Conclusion: Checking the Contemporary Terms of Engagement Notes Bibliography Index

Paul Rabinow is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Anthony Stavrianakis received his PhD in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.