Single Idea 7982

[catalogued under 2. Reason / C. Styles of Reason / 1. Dialectic]

Full Idea

Gone is the dialectic, the play of thesis and antithesis resolving itself in synthesis. The opposing terms now cancel each other out in a levelling of all conflict.

Gist of Idea

Instead of thesis and antithesis leading to synthesis, they now cancel out, and the conflict is levelled


Jean Baudrillard (The Intelligence of Evil [2004], p.129)

Book Reference

Baudrillard,Jean: 'The Intelligence of Evil or The Lucidity Pact' [Berg 2005], p.129

A Reaction

This is from someone who approved of 9/11 (p.137 of this text), and seemed to welcome conflict. His idea, which has plausibility, is that the modern media have become a great warm bath that calmly absorbs every abrasive thrown into it.