Jean Baudrillard

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Jean Baudrillard

France 1929 – 2007


Comments: postmodernist essayist specifically interested in post-structuralism; meaning is only understandable in terms of how particular words or "signs" interrelate, not by themselves; Nothing exists in a vacuum; mediation and mass communications; "Simulacra" suggests we can never know any objective reality;


Teachers: Prof. Emmanuel Peillet; Humphrey De Battenburge; Peter Weiss; Bertolt Brecht; Karl Marx; Adam Smith; Friedrich Engels; Wilhelm Emil Mühlmann; Henri Lefebvre; Roland Barthes; Pierre Bourdieu; Ferdinand de Saussure; Marshall McLuhan; Marcel Mauss ; Georges Bataille; Francis Fukuyama;

Students: Christopher Norris; Douglas Kellner; Willam Merrin; Mark Poster; The Wachowski Brothers, filmmakers;

Friends: Gilles Deleuze; Jean-François Lyotard; Michel Foucault; Jacques Derrida; Jacques Lacan ;

Enemies: Alan Sokal; Richard Wolin; Bruno Latour; Denis Dutton; Wendy Chun;

Organizations: Université de Paris-X Nanterre; inspired International Journal of Baudrillard Studies ;

Author: Le Système des objets (The System of Objects); L'Autre par lui-même (The Other by Himself); The System of Objects; For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign; The Consumer Society: Myths and Structures (1970); Symbolic Exchange and Death; "The Gulf War Did Not Take Place", 1991; The Spirit of Terrorism: And Requiem for the Twin Towers (2002); For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign (1972); The Mirror of Production (1973); Forget Foucault (1977)( on Michel Foucault; Seduction (1979); Simulacra and Simulation (1981); In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (1982); America (1986); The Ecstasy of Communication (1987); The Transparency of Evil (1990); The Illusion of the End (1992); Baudrillard Live: Selected Interviews; The Perfect Crime (1995); Passwords (2000); The Singular Objects of Architecture (2000); The Intelligence of Evil or the Lucidity Pact (2005); Pataphysics (2007); Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? (2009); Carnival and Cannibal, or the Play of Global Antagonisms (2010); The Agony of Power (2010);


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baudrillard; http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/baudrillard/