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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (1): 35–52.
Published: 01 February 2017
... this conflict anticipates from the eighteenth century, but in a kind of reversal in advance, the ambiguous fate in which criticism decomposes into philistinism—and in which the cultivated philistine comes to be interested and circumspect, and to repeat, with a serious, portentous air, “This is interesting...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (1): 5–18.
Published: 01 February 2017
... knowledges, became a cultural consumer—at times even turning into what Hannah Arendt calls a cultivated philistine. These questions—and the questions that the an-­artist Duchamp Stiegler / Proletarianization 7 raises about the aim of the artwork in what...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 23–34.
Published: 01 May 2018
... school—this all pains us. We find the familiar relations between philistinism and the classical secondary school [die humanitische Bildung] highly suspect” (2011: 95). At this early stage, Benjamin’s desire to transform the system of education is perhaps not altogether removed from...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (1): 19–34.
Published: 01 February 2017
.... • • • • The proletarianization of the receiver required by the new economic function of the aesthetic—which is also taking place in the cognitive field— has resulted in a generalization of what Hannah Arendt describes as culti- vated philistinism, which has become typical of our era. It is already what drove Duchamp’s...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (1): 201–213.
Published: 01 February 2020
...? If the inherited income of the cultured rentiers (the Schlegels) depends on the vulgar present- tense moneymaking of the industrial or (like the Wilcoxes) the commercial bourgeoisie, can the bohemians in good conscience sneer at the philistine tradesmen? Good conscience demands some accommo- dation...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (1): 1–3.
Published: 01 February 2017
...- vated philistine Through readings in art history and philosophy (Kant’s Cri- tique of Judgment), Stiegler sets out to recover and revitalize the aesthetic figure of the amateur from underneath the ruins of technical history. On the far side of the mediocre judgment, Stiegler mounts a defense...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 35–62.
Published: 01 May 2018
...). When Nietzsche’s young student complains that the “very style” of a “newspaper, the latest novel, or one of those learned books . . . already bears the revolting impress of modern bar- baric culture,” he introduces the milieu of the cultural philistine, explored in further detail in Untimely...
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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (2): 71–87.
Published: 01 May 2010
... abundantly upon the Goliaths of nineteenth century philistin- ism, how much better conditioned would their descendants be.” The true creative writers are Pynchon’s preterit—the passed over, the deliberately overlooked, written off, written out by the Elect. He gives as one example of a truly creative...
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boundary 2 (2010) 37 (2): 1–68.
Published: 01 May 2010
... of the English or Saxon middle classes, and vice versa. Viewed thus, the dreamy, imaginative, spiritual, nonmaterialistic Celt could supply the spiritual defi- ciencies of the practicalminded, philistine, secular, and unlovely commer- cial civilization that the English bourgeoisie had brought into the world...
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boundary 2 (2004) 31 (1): 207–241.
Published: 01 February 2004
... centuries of British rule were felt to have had detached it. However much the Revivalist and the more vanguard wings of the ‘‘Irish Renaissance’’ may have differed otherwise, both were searching for an alternative to what they saw as the genteel philistinism of English Victorian culture. For many...
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boundary 2 (2016) 43 (2): 125–140.
Published: 01 May 2016
...’ . . . was one of the five components of it—together with pity for the exploited, the aesthetic appeal of a perfect and comprehensive intellectual system, ‘dialectical material- ism,’ a little bit of the Blakean vision of the new Jerusalem and a good deal of intellectual anti-­philistinism. But in January...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (2): 107–124.
Published: 01 May 2008
... everywhere. With a Philistine twist of Nietzschean distrust of any inherited value and truth claim, the Chinese, withdrawing from their dedica- tion to the collective project of socialist revolution to a hugely shrunk hori- zon of private cares and concerns of existence, are rejecting all centers...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 139–156.
Published: 01 May 2018
..., ships, mountain ranges—and in all ways, as the cabinet is circled or the bottle twirled in the hand. In his fragment on objects in bottles, Benjamin is reminded of a remark made by Adolf Loos in relation to Goethe and recorded by Franz Glück: “While reading Goethe’s rebuke to philistines...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (2): 203–219.
Published: 01 May 2018
... spirit of a social work which had no need of childlike attempts to empathize with the soul of the workers or of the people—this spirit failed to develop in student communities” (Benjamin 2011: 201). Compare the critique of “youthful philistinism” (Benjamin 2011: 166 [“Erotic Education 210 boundary...
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boundary 2 (2003) 30 (1): 31–49.
Published: 01 February 2003
... by its wild child, the proletariat, to the use of those powers to foster a new collective life. And always, however stertorous and philistine the previ- ous century’s slumber may have been, it was dreaming most deeply...
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boundary 2 (2021) 48 (3): 191–213.
Published: 01 August 2021
... of the heaven of the sacred Germanic-Prussian Holy Roman Empire, with their antediluvian masquerades and the stench of junkers, churches, and above all, of philistinism” (¡Que se compare a los parisinos lanzados al asalto del cielo con los esclavos celestes del Sacro Imperio romano-pruso-germánico, con sus...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (4): 139–158.
Published: 01 November 2015
... Bruce: “May I commit an act of cul- tural blasphemy and abject philistinism? I never found Lenny Bruce that funny. He never set my attic ablaze. . . . Mort Sahl was always my guy” (CM, 103). Many people would never risk appearing so unradical. Many of us wanted to take a walk on the wild...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (3): 133–158.
Published: 01 August 2009
... and professors, dupe themselves into thinking that penning “topic sentences” is meaningful labor. Meanwhile, the “stunted race” exiled from “green paradise” remains illiterate, prone to grammatical errors such as “writes the development.” Is this a sad fate? The Philistines are top dog: they have...
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boundary 2 (2006) 33 (1): 123–150.
Published: 01 February 2006
... philistinism. In a mock pagan ritual idiom, and in the voice of Minerva, Byron blasts dazzling curses at Elgin: ‘‘First on the head of him who did this deed My curse shall light,—on him and all his seed: Without one spark of intellectual fire, Be all the sons as senseless...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (3): 1–26.
Published: 01 August 2008
... the possessions of others. For as Benjamin puts it in the prologue to the Trauerspiel book, “To snatch hastily, as if stealing the property of others, is the style of the routinier, and is no better than the heartiness of the philistine” (O, 45). Rather, by quoting, the user of language is robbed of his...