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  1. _Siva Vaidhyanathan____Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity
  2. _Siva Vaidhyanathan____The Anarchist In The Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control Is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System
  3. _Tonči Valentić____Mnogostruke moderne: od antropologije do pornografije
  4. _Barbara Vanderlinden/Elena Filipovic____The Manifesta Decade: Debates on Contemporary Art Exhibitions and Biennials in Post-Wall Europe
  5. _John K. VanDyk/Matt Westgate____Pro Drupal Development
  6. _Gianni Vattimo____Nichilismo ed emancipazione : etica, politica, diritto
  7. _Caetano Veloso____Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil
  8. _Carlo Vercellone____Kognitivni kapitalizam: znanje i financije u postfordističkom razdoblju
  9. _Anthony Vidler____Architecture Between Spectacle and Use
  10. _Borut Vild/Dejan Sretenović/Branislav Dimitrijević/Branislava Anđelković____O normalnosti: umetnost u Srbiji 1989-2001
  11. _Michel Villey____Pravo i prava čovjeka
  12. _Paul Virilio____Speed & Politics
  13. _Paolo Virno____Scienze sociali e «natura umana». Facoltà di linguaggio, invariante biologico, rapporti di produzione
  14. _Paolo Virno____Esercizi di esodo : linguaggio e azione politica
  15. _Paolo Virno____Quando il verbo si fa carne. Linguaggio e natura umana
  16. _Paolo Virno____Motto di spirito e azione innovativa : per una logica del cambiamento
  17. _Paolo Virno____Grammatica della moltitudine
  18. _Paolo Virno/Michael Hardt____Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics (Theory Out of Bounds, V. 7)
  19. _Paolo Virno____Slovnica mnoštva
  20. _Cornelia Vismann____Akten. Medientechnik und Recht
  21. _Gauri Viswanathan____Outside the Fold
  22. _Ermanno Vitale____Ius migrandi : figure di erranti al di qua della cosmopoli
  23. _Ugo Vlaisavljević____Fenomenološka konstitucija Evropske zajednice
  24. _Ugo Vlaisavljević____Izvor geometrije i transcendentalna fenomenologija povijesti : čitanje Derridinog čitanja Husserla
  25. _Ugo Vlaisavljević____Etnopolitika i građanstvo
  26. _Ugo Vlaisavljević____Lepoglava i univerzitet
  27. _Ugo Vlaisavljević____Merleau-Pontyjeva semiotika percepcije: fenomenološki put u dekonstrukciju
  28. _Joseph Vogl____Über das Zaudern
  29. _Joseph Vogl____Kalkül und Leidenschaft. Poetik des ökonomischen Menschen
  30. _Predrag Vranicki____Historija marksizma (2 sveska)
  31. _Hent de Vries/Samuel Weber____Religion and Media (Cultural Memory in the Present)
  32. _Hent de Vries____Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World
  33. _Hent de Vries____Minimal Theologies : Critiques of Secular Reason in Adorno and Levinas
  34. _Hent de Vries____Religion and Violence: Philosophical Perspectives from Kant to Derrida
  35. _Hent de Vries____Philosophy and the Turn to Religion
  36. _Branko Vučićević____Paper Movies
  37. _Dragica Vujadinović____Between authoritarianism and democracy (drugi svezak)
  38. _Janka Vukmir____Grupa šestorice autora

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_Siva Vaidhyanathan____Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity

[New York University Press_2003]

“Illuminating”
—Bookforum April-June 2002
“It has taken lawyers 200-plus years to morph copyright law from the balanced compromise that our framers struck to the extraordinary system of control that it has become. In this beautifully written book, a nonlawyer has uncovered much of the damage done. Copyrights and Copywrongs is a rich and compelling account of the bending of American copyright law, and a promise of the balance that we could once again make the law become.”
—Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School and author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace
“Siva Vaidhyanathan has done a big favor for the academic and library communities. In this book, he has spelled out in clear, understandable language what’s at stake in the battles over the nation’s intellectual property. The issues brought forward are critical to the future of scholarship and creativity. Librarians and academics are wise to purchase this book and add it to their ‘must read’ lists.”
—Nancy Kranich, President, American Library Association, 2000–2001
“Copyrights and Copywrongs is an urgent information-age wake-up call to a public cocooned in belief that ‘copyright’ is a seal and safeguard for consumers and producers of culture-ware. This book guides us into the legal labyrinth of a new world of so-called intellectual property, in which ‘fair use’ isn’t fair, where rights are waived and free speech—when we can get it—costs a great deal of money. From print books to video games, Copyrights and Copywrongs shows free expression in a legalistic chokehold. Clearly written, meticulously argued, this book is a must.”
—Cecelia Tichi, author ofEmbodiment of a Nation: Human Form in American Spaces
Copyright reflects far more than economic interests. Embedded within conflicts over royalties and infringement are cultural values—about race, class, access, ownership, free speech, and democracy—which influence how rights are determined and enforced. Questions of legitimacy—of what constitutes “intellectual property” or “fair use,” and of how to locate a precise moment of cultural creation—have become enormously complicated in recent years, as advances in technology have exponentially increased the speed of cultural reproduction and dissemination.
In Copyrights and Copywrongs, Siva Vaidhyanathan tracks the history of American copyright law through the 20th century, from Mark Twain’s vehement exhortations for “thick” copyright protection, to recent lawsuits regarding sampling in rap music and the “digital moment,” exemplified by the rise of Napster and MP3 technology. He argues persuasively that in its current punitive, highly restrictive form, American copyright law hinders cultural production, thereby contributing to the poverty of civic culture.
In addition to choking cultural expression, recent copyright law, Vaidhyanathan argues, effectively sanctions biases against cultural traditions which differ from the Anglo-European model. In African-based cultures, borrowing from and building upon earlier cultural expressions is not considered a legal trespass, but a tribute. Rap and hip hop artists who practice such “borrowing” by sampling and mixing, however, have been sued for copyright violation and forced to pay substantial monetary damages. Similarly, the oral transmission of culture, which has a centuries-old tradition within African American culture, is complicated by current copyright laws. How, for example, can ownership of music, lyrics, or stories which have been passed down through generations be determined? Upon close examination, strict legal guidelines prove insensitive to the diverse forms of cultural expression prevalent in the United States, and reveal much about the racialized cultural values which permeate our system of laws. Ultimately, copyright is a necessary policy that should balance public and private interests but the recent rise of “intellectual property” as a concept have overthrown that balance. Copyright, Vaidhyanathan asserts, is policy, not property.
Bringing to light the republican principles behind original copyright laws as well as present-day imbalances and future possibilities for freer expression and artistic equity, this volume takes important strides towards unraveling the complex web of culture, law, race, and technology in today’s global marketplace.

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_Siva Vaidhyanathan____The Anarchist In The Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control Is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System

[Basic Books_2005]

The Anarchist in the Library is the first guide to one of the most important cultural and economic battlegrounds of our increasingly plugged-in world. Siva Vaidhyanathan draws the struggle for information that will determine much of the culture and politics of the twenty-first century: anarchy or oligarchy, total freedom vs. complete control. His acclaimed book explores topics from unauthorized fan edits of Star Wars to terrorist organizations’ reliance on “leaderless resistance,” from Napster to Total Information Awareness to flash mobs.
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_Tonči Valentić____Mnogostruke moderne: od antropologije do pornografije

[Jesenski & Turk_2006]

Moderna je naziv za kulturne, političke i društvene procese koji su počeli u šesnaestom stoljeću i traju do današnjega dana, a temelje se na zapadnjačkom shvaćanju ideje razvoja kao dominantne paradigme sociokulturne promjene i ljudskoga napretka. Ova knjiga sastoji se od devet tekstova koji se na različite načine bave problematikom moderne i njenim mnogostrukim pojavnostima. Krenuvši od klasičnog sociološkog, suvremenog filozofskog, kulturnog, antropološkog, pa sve do književnog i filmološkog pristupa, Mnogostruke moderne interdisciplinarno su putovanje kroz pluralitet modernističkih teorija i praksi. Analizirajući navedene teorije, autor se polemički zalaže za napuštanje optimistične vizije o teleološkom napretku kojeg predvodi znanost polažući pravo na apsolutnu istinu, kao i teze da se suvremena društva nalaze na civilizacijskoj prekretnici bivajući ugrožena novim svjetskim poretkom koji će tobože izbrisati sve kulturne, institucionalne, strukturalne i misaone razlike. Upravo suprotno, autor modernu razumijeva ponajprije kao pripovijest o neprekidnom uspostavljanju i dokidanju njenih političkih programa i reinterpretaciji njenih kulturalnih projekata smatrajući da su društveni sukobi i konfrontacije kojima smo svjedoci u današnjem svijetu iznimno važni i neophodni. Mnogostrukost i intenzitet takvih sukoba ukazuje na činjenicu da su svi ti koncepti dio jednog te istog projekta moderne i stoga predstavljaju interpretativni izazov na kojeg je moguće odgovoriti jedino interdisciplinarnim pristupom.

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_Barbara Vanderlinden/Elena Filipovic____The Manifesta Decade: Debates on Contemporary Art Exhibitions and Biennials in Post-Wall Europe

[The MIT Press_2006]

Manifesta, the first itinerant European Biennial for Contemporary Art, emerged in a post-wall, globalizing Europe. Founded in 1993, it organized traveling exhibitions aimed at providing a new framework for cultural exchange and collaboration between artists and curators from across the continent. The Manifesta Decade marks Manifesta’s ten years of exhibits with original essays, unpublished images, and texts that not only document the different Manifesta exhibits but also examine the cultural, curatorial, and political terrain of the Europe from which they sprang.

Including contributions from philosophers, historians, and anthropologists, interviews with architect Rem Koolhaas and historian Jacques Le Goff, and essays by such curators and writers as Okwui Enwezor, Boris Groys, Maria Hlavajova, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the collection traces the cultural and political developments of Europe in the 1990s. It reflects the debates incited by exhibitions such as Magiciens de la Terre, Documenta, and After the Wall and explores the changing roles of curators and artists in the new geo-political context. The issues discussed include the effect of communism’s collapse on Eastern Europe, the role of Biennials in the context of globalization, and the ephemerality of exhibitions versus the permanence of the museum. The book’s second section traces the history of Manifesta, from its conceptual foundations and contributions to artistic practices of the 1990s to the relationship of a roving Biennial to themes of multiculturalism, migration and diaspora. At a moment when biennials continue to proliferate worldwide, The Manifesta Decade takes Manifesta as a case study to look critically at the landscape from which new exhibition paradigms have emerged. The book’s 100 images, both color and black and white, include unpublished installation shots of each Manifesta exhibition.

Copublished with Roomade, Brussels, in collaboration with the International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam.
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_John K. VanDyk/Matt Westgate____Pro Drupal Development

[Apress_2007]

Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems in use today. With it, you can create a variety of community-driven sites, including blogs, forums, wiki-style sites, and much more. Pro Drupal Development was written to arm you with knowledge to customize your Drupal installation however you see fit. The book assumes that you already possess the knowledge to install and bring a standard installation online. Then authors John VanDyk and Matt Westgate delve into Drupal internals, showing you how to truly take advantage of its powerful architecture.
You’ll learn how to create your own modules, develop your own themes, and produce your own filters. You’ll learn the inner workings of each key part of Drupal, including user management, sessions, the node system, caching, and the various APIs available to you. Of course, your Drupal-powered site isn’t effective until you can efficiently serve pages to your visitors. As such, the authors have included the information you need to optimize your Drupal installation to perform well under high-load situations. Also featured is information on Drupal security and best practices, as well as integration of Ajax and the internationalization of your Drupal web site. Simply put, if you are working with Drupal at all, then you need this book.
• This book is written by Drupal core developers.
• Drupal architecture and behavior are mapped out visually.
• Common pitfalls are identified and addressed.
• Chapters provide regular discussion and reference to why things work they way they do, not just how.
• The front matter features a foreword by Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder.

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_Gianni Vattimo____Nichilismo ed emancipazione : etica, politica, diritto

[Garzanti_2003]

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_Caetano Veloso____Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil

[Knopf_2002]

Inadequately described as the John Lennon or the Bob Dylan of his country, Caetano Veloso has virtually personified Brazilian music for thirty-five years. Now, in his long-awaited memoir, he tells the heroic story of how, in the late sixties, he and a group of friends from the Northeastern state of Bahia created tropicalismo, the movement that shook Brazilian culture–and civic order–to its foundations and pushed a nation then on the margins of world politics and economics into the pop avant-garde.

Tropical Truth begins with a childhood in the Bahian hinterland, where Caetano (as Brazilians of all ages now call him) first heard not only the musical traditions of his own country and her Latin neighbors, but also the giants of postwar American song: Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Chet Baker, to name but a few. While teenagers in America would soon be enthralled by the primal (and commercial) beat of rock’n’roll, in Brazil it was bossa nova, that sublimely sophisticated music, that was to become the soundtrack of a generation. Inspired above all by bossa nova’s supreme master, João Gilberto, Caetano and his crew would set about creating a totally new sound. Tropicalismo would aim to “cannibalize” the extraordinary beauty and richness of Brazil’s musical past but at the same time to assimilate eclectically the most original elements of Anglo-American pop, an influence many rejected as yet another form of imperialism corrupting Brazil’s “authentic” character.

The birth of tropicalismo coincided with the wave of counterculture sweeping Western nations, but in Brazil that wave would hit the breakwaters of a brutal military junta. While supporting resistance to right-wing oppression (and the terrible social inequities it perpetuated) the tropicalistas nevertheless rejected the automatic connection to the Left and its unreflective nationalism, then the politics de rigueur of the artistic class. Their third way foresaw a Brazil open to free markets but likewise free in itself. It was a vision so subversive of both the political and musical status quo that before long Caetano faced imprisonment and was then forced into exile until the early seventies. But when he returned, it was in triumph: Brazil, no less than the state of her popular music, would never be the same.

Rich with the satisfactions of a novel, weaving the story of a country with that of its most idealistic generation, Tropical Truth recounts the odyssey of a brilliant constellation of artists: Caetano and his sister Maria Bethânia, the queen of Brazilian song; the black musical genius Gilberto Gil, Caetano’s closest collaborator, with whom he was jailed and then banished; the great diva Gal Costa; the revolutionary filmmaker Glauber Rocha; the brothers de Campos, those luminaries of concrete poetry, who were among the tropicalistas’ learned mentors. Here is an unparalleled confluence of highbrow and pop, and with it the genesis of what has become one of the most wildly successful cultural exports ever produced by a nation other than the United States.
By turns erudite and playful, dreamlike and confessional, Tropical Truth is an utterly unexpected revelation of Brazil’s most famous artist, one of the greatest popular composers of the past century.
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_Carlo Vercellone____Kognitivni kapitalizam: znanje i financije u postfordističkom razdoblju

[Politička kultura _2007]

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_Anthony Vidler____Architecture Between Spectacle and Use

[Clark Art Institute_2008]

With the recent international proliferation of architectural projects, expansions, and renovations––particularly in the art and museum worlds––critics have accused architecture of entering too fully into the “society of the spectacle,” yielding to consumerist display, and trading its historical aims, ambitions, and obligations for celebrity and ostentation.

This important and timely volume examines the current state of contemporary architecture worldwide and the ways in which it is caught between the art of display and the accommodation of use. Eleven distinguished scholars from the fields of architecture, art history, and architectural criticism explore the problems and possibilities of contemporary architecture in the light of the history of its modern reception, new approaches to design technologies, and philosophical issues about the “meaning” of architecture. They also consider whether the new buildings, projects, and ideas that have generated such excitement and public interest are a creative response to society’s fundamental social, cultural, and economic needs.

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_Borut Vild/Dejan Sretenović/Branislav Dimitrijević/Branislava Anđelković____O normalnosti: umetnost u Srbiji 1989-2001

[Muzej savremene umetnosti Beograd_2005]

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_Michel Villey____Pravo i prava čovjeka

[Disput_2002]

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_Paul Virilio____Speed & Politics

[Semiotext(e)_1986]

With this book Paul Virilio inaugurated the new science whose object of study is the “dromocratic” revolution. First to use the concept of speed as a definining concept for contemporary civilization, Virilio unveils his theories of dromodology here for the first time. Understanding the disappearance of power into a vector of speed where knowledge-power is eliminated to the benefit of moving-power, Virilio discovers the new terrain of “virtual” war long before its popularization in the Gulf War of the early 1990s. Building on the work of Morand, Marinetti, and McLuhan, Virilio presents a vision more radical politically than that of any of his French contemporaries. Speed as the engine of destruction….In these pages the reader surveys dromocratic aesthetics with its eloquent X-ray of speed flesh, speed wars, speed power, and speed fetishism. This work prevents the reader from becoming the “last man” drifting in all those “metabolic vehicles.”
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_Paolo Virno____Scienze sociali e «natura umana». Facoltà di linguaggio, invariante biologico, rapporti di produzione

[Rubbettino_2003]

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_Paolo Virno____Esercizi di esodo : linguaggio e azione politica

[Ombre corte_2002]

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_Paolo Virno____Quando il verbo si fa carne. Linguaggio e natura umana

[Bollati Boringhieri_2003]

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_Paolo Virno____Motto di spirito e azione innovativa : per una logica del cambiamento

[Bollati Boringhieri_2005]

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_Paolo Virno____Grammatica della moltitudine

[DeriveApprodi_2003]

Ritengo che il concetto di “moltitudine”, da contrapporre a quello più familiare di “popolo”, sia un attrezzo decisivo per ogni riflessione sulla sfera pubblica contemporanea. Questi due concetti in lizza tra loro, giocarono un ruolo di prima grandezza nella definizione delle categorie politico-sociali della modernità. Fu la nozione di “popolo” a prevalere. “Moltitudine” è il termine perdente. Nel descrivere le forme della vita associata e lo spirito pubblico dei grandi Stati appena costituiti, non si parlò più di moltitudine, ma di popolo. Resta da chiedersi se oggi, alla fine di un lungo ciclo, non si riapra quella antica disputa; se oggi la nozione allora sconfitta non mostri una straordinaria vitalità, prendendosi così una clamorosa rivincita.
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_Paolo Virno/Michael Hardt____Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics (Theory Out of Bounds, V. 7)

[University of Minnesota Press_1996]

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_Paolo Virno____Slovnica mnoštva

[Krtina_2003]

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_Cornelia Vismann____Akten. Medientechnik und Recht

[Fischer (Tb.)_2000]

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_Gauri Viswanathan____Outside the Fold

[Princeton University Press_1998]

Outside the Fold is a radical reexamination of religious conversion. Gauri Viswanathan skillfully argues that conversion is an interpretive act that belongs in the realm of cultural criticism. To that end, this work examines key moments in colonial and postcolonial history to show how conversion questions the limitations of secular ideologies, particularly the discourse of rights central to both the British empire and the British nation-state. Implicit in such questioning is an attempt to construct an alternative epistemological and ethical foundation of national community. Viswanathan grounds her study in an examination of two simultaneous and, she asserts, linked events: the legal emancipation of religious minorities in England and the acculturation of colonial subjects to British rule. The author views these two apparently disparate events as part of a common pattern of national consolidation that produced the English state. She seeks to explain why resistance, in both cases, frequently took the form of religious conversion, especially to “minority” or alternative religions. Confronting the general characterization of conversion as assimilative and annihilating of identity, Viswanathan demonstrates that a willful change of religion can be seen instead as an act of opposition. Outside the Fold concludes that, as a form of cultural crossing, conversion comes to represent a vital release into difference.
Through the figure of the convert, Viswanathan addresses the vexing question of the role of belief and minority discourse in modern society. She establishes new points of contact between the convert as religious dissenter and as colonial subject. This convergence provides a transcultural perspective not otherwise visible in literary and historical texts. It allows for radically new readings of significant figures as diverse as John Henry Newman, Pandita Ramabai, Annie Besant, and B. R. Ambedkar, as well as close studies of court cases, census reports, and popular English fiction. These varying texts illuminate the means by which discourses of religious identity are produced, contained, or opposed by the languages of law, reason, and classificatory knowledge. Outside the Fold is a challenging, provocative contribution to the multidisciplinary field of cultural studies.

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_Ermanno Vitale____Ius migrandi : figure di erranti al di qua della cosmopoli

[Bollati Boringhieri_2004]

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_Ugo Vlaisavljević____Fenomenološka konstitucija Evropske zajednice

[Međunarodni centar za mir_1996]

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_Ugo Vlaisavljević____Izvor geometrije i transcendentalna fenomenologija povijesti : čitanje Derridinog čitanja Husserla

[Atelje za filozofiju, društvene znanosti i psihoanalizu_2002]

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_Ugo Vlaisavljević____Etnopolitika i građanstvo

[Udruga građana Dijalog_2006]

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_Ugo Vlaisavljević____Lepoglava i univerzitet

[Centar za interdisciplinarne postdiplomske studije Univerziteta_2003]

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_Ugo Vlaisavljević____Merleau-Pontyjeva semiotika percepcije: fenomenološki put u dekonstrukciju

[Atelje za filozofiju, društvene znanosti i psihoanalizu_2003]

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_Joseph Vogl____Über das Zaudern

[Diaphanes Verlag_2007]

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_Joseph Vogl____Kalkül und Leidenschaft. Poetik des ökonomischen Menschen

[diaphanes_2002]

Buchnotiz zu : Die Zeit, 03.07.2003
Michael Wetzel zeigt sich beeindruckt von der “brillanter Studie” des Kulturwissenschaftlers Joseph Vogl zur Entstehung des modernen Paradigmas vom ökonomischen Menschen. In einer Zeit, wo “Börsenkurse wie Wasserstandsmeldungen behandelt werden”, ist unser Rezensent dankbar für den Beweis, dass die ökonomische Wertvorstellung “weder in der Natur der Dinge noch in der Natur des Menschen begründbar ist”. Die Geburt des “Homo oeconomicus” sei auf Ende des 17. Jahrhunderts datiert, erzählt Wetzel. Vogls Anliegen sei es nun, die Literatur als eine Instanz zu beschreiben, die Anteil an der Anordnung des Wissens dieser Zeit hatte. Anhand der Untersuchung von Romanen und Theaterstücken zwischen 1700 und 1800 versuche der Autor, die “Affinität von erzählerischer und ökonomischer Ordnung” aufzuzeigen. Als implizite These zum Roman hat Wetzel ausgemacht, dass die Welt des Abenteuers und die Lebensläufe der Romanfiguren “dem Anspruch ökonomischer Berechenbarkeit unterstellt” werden. Diese Perspektive hat der Rezensent auch in Vogls Analyse des “Faust” wiedergefunden, in der der Genuss nicht die Einlösung des Wunsches ist, sondern das Versprechen neuer Lüste bedeutet. Vogl kennt sich aus, lobt Wetzel, sowohl in den Modellen der politischen Philosophie jener Zeit als auch in literarischer Hinsicht. Allerdings vermisst unser Rezensent die Behandlung von Festen, Feiern und Spielen, die seiner Meinung nach jeder Ordnung des Berechenbaren widersprechen, weil sie eine “nichtproduktive Verausgabung von Gütern” darstellen.

© Perlentaucher Medien GmbH

Unter der Vielzahl ›neuer Menschen‹, die das anthropologische Experimentierfeld der Moderne hervorgebracht hat, hat einzig der ökonomische Mensch überlebt – Grund genug, diesen Typus, seine Herkunft und seine Konjunktur zum Gegenstand einer historischen Analyse zu machen. So geht es in dem vorliegenden Buch zunächst um jene Juristen, Projektemacher, Schriftsteller, Moralisten und Philosophen, die unter dem Titel einer ›politischen Ökonomie‹ seit dem…
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_Predrag Vranicki____Historija marksizma (2 sveska)

[Centar za kulturnu djelatnost_1987]

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_Hent de Vries/Samuel Weber____Religion and Media (Cultural Memory in the Present)

[Stanford University Press_2002]

The latter part of the twentieth century saw an explosion of new media that effected profound changes in human categories of communication. At the same time, a “return to religion” occurred on a global scale. The twenty-five contributors to this volume—who include such influential thinkers as Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Talal Asad, and James Siegel—confront the conceptual, analytical, and empirical difficulties involved in addressing the complex relationship between religion and media.

The book’s introductory section offers a prolegomenon to the multiple problems raised by an interdisciplinary approach to these multifaceted phenomena. The essays in the following part provide exemplary approaches to the historical and systematic background to the study of religion and media, ranging from the biblical prohibition of images and its modern counterparts, through theological discussion of imagery in Ignatius and Luther, to recent investigations into icons and images that “think” in Jean-Luc Marion and Gilles Deleuze. The third part presents case studies by anthropologists and scholars of comparative religion who deal with religion and media in Indonesia, India, Japan, South Africa, Venezuela, Iran, Poland, Turkey, present-day Germany, and Australia.

The book concludes with two remarkable documents: a chapter from Theodor W. Adorno’s study of the relationship between religion and media in the context of political agitation (The Psychological Technique of Martin Luther Thomas’ Radio Addresses) and a section from Niklas Luhmann’s monumental Die Gesellschaft der Gesellschaft (Society as a Social System).

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_Hent de Vries____Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World

[Fordham University Press_2006]

What has happened to religion in its present manifestations? In recent years, Enlightenment secularization, as it appeared in the global spread of political structures that relegate the sacred to a private sphere, seems suddenly to have foundered. Unexpectedly, it has discovered its own parochialism—has discovered, indeed, that secularization may never have taken place at all.
With the “return of the religious,” in all aspects of contemporary social, political, and religious life, the question of political theology—of the relation between “political” and “religious” domains—takes on new meaning and new urgency. In this groundbreaking book, distinguished scholars from many disciplines—philosophy, political theory, anthropology, classics, and religious studies—seek to take the full measure of this question in today’s world.

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_Hent de Vries____Minimal Theologies : Critiques of Secular Reason in Adorno and Levinas

[The Johns Hopkins University Press_2005]

What, at this historical moment “after Auschwitz,” still remains of the questions traditionally asked by theology? What now is theology’s minimal degree? This magisterial study, the first extended comparison of the writings of Theodor W. Adorno and Emmanuel Levinas, explores remnants and echoes of religious forms in these thinkers’ critiques of secular reason, finding in the work of both a “theology in pianissimo” constituted by the trace of a transcendent other. The author analyzes, systematizes, and formalizes this idea of an other of reason. In addition, he frames these thinkers’ innovative projects within the arguments of such intellectual heirs as Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida, defending their work against later accusations of “performative contradiction” (by Habermas) or “empiricism” (by Derrida) and in the process casting important new light on those later writers as well. Attentive to rhetorical and rational features of Adorno’s and Levinas’s texts, his investigations of the concepts of history, subjectivity, and language in their writings provide a radical interpretation of their paradoxical modes of thought and reveal remarkable and hitherto unsuspected parallels between their philosophical methods, parallels that amount to a plausible way of overcoming certain impasses in contemporary philosophical thinking. In Adorno, this takes the form of a dialectical critique of dialectics; in Levinas, that of a phenomenological critique of phenomenology, each of which sheds new light on ancient and modern questions of metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics. For the English-language publication, the author has extensively revised and updated the prize-winning German version.

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_Hent de Vries____Religion and Violence: Philosophical Perspectives from Kant to Derrida

[The Johns Hopkins University Press_2002]

Does violence inevitably shadow our ethico-political engagements and decisions, including our understandings of identity, whether collective or individual? Questions that touch upon ethics and politics can greatly benefit from being rephrased in terms borrowed from the arsenal of religious and theological figures, because the association of such figures with a certain violence keeps moralism, whether in the form of fideism or humanism, at bay. Religion and Violence: Philosophical Perspectives from Kant to Derrida’s careful posing of such questions and rearticulations pioneers new modalities for systematic engagement with religion and philosophy alike.

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_Hent de Vries____Philosophy and the Turn to Religion

[The Johns Hopkins University Press_1999]

If religion once seemed to have played out its role in the intellectual and political history of Western secular modernity, it has now returned with a vengeance. In this engaging study, Hent de Vries argues that a turn to religion discernible in recent philosophy anticipates and accompanies this development in the contemporary world. Though the book reaches back to Immanuel Kant, Martin Heidegger, and earlier, it takes its inspiration from the tradition of French phenomenology, notably Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Luc Marion, and, especially, Jacques Derrida. Tracing how Derrida probes the discourse on religion, its metaphysical presuppositions, and its transformations, de Vries shows how this author consistently foregrounds the unexpected alliances between a radical interrogation of the history of Western philosophy and the religious inheritance from which that philosophy has increasingly sought to set itself apart.
De Vries goes beyond formal analogies between the textual practices of deconstruction and so-called negative theology to address the necessity for a philosophical thinking that situates itself at once close to and at the farthest remove from traditional manifestations of the religious and the theological. This paradox is captured in the phrase adieu (à dieu), borrowed from Levinas, which signals at once a turn toward and a leave-taking from God — and which also gestures toward and departs from the other of this divine other, the possibility of radical evil. Only by confronting such uncanny and difficult figures, de Vries claims, can one begin to think and act upon the ethical and political imperatives of our day.

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_Branko Vučićević____Paper Movies

[Samizdat B92_1998]

Vuciceva knjiga predstavlja zbirku od deset “poucnih prica”, ispresecanih brojnim fusnotama i neobicnim grafickim rešenjima, koje na opor i distanciran nacin oslikavaju modaliteta zivljenja na ovim prostorima, prelomljene kroz prizmu dadaizma. Dadaizam, umetnicki pokret primenjenog apsurda koji je potresao Evropu pocetkom veka, na našim prostorima dozivljava svoju monstruoznu renesansu.
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_Dragica Vujadinović____Between authoritarianism and democracy (drugi svezak)

[Cedet_2003]

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_Janka Vukmir____Grupa šestorice autora

[SCCA_1998]

Članovi Grupe šestorice autora su: Boris Demur, Željko Jerman, Vlado Martek, Mladen Stilinović, Sven Stilinović, Fedor Vučemilović. – Tekst na hrv. i engl. jeziku. – Ostali zastupljeni autori tekstova: Ješa Denegri, Miloš Đurđević, Želimir Koščević, Mladen Lučić, Vlado Martek, Branka Stipančić, Marijan Susovski, Darko Šimičić, Miško Šuvaković, Jadranka Vinterhalter, Janka Vukmir.