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“Una radicalidad particular”: el legado vanguardista en la ética postmoderna - “A Kind of Radicality”: The Avant-garde Legacy in Postmodern Ethics

Author(s): Mark Bevir

Journal: Foro Interno : Anuario de Teoría Política
ISSN 1578-4576

Volume: 9;
Start page: 43;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Vanguardismo | Baudrillard | Foucault | Lyotard | Postmodernismo | Avant-garde | Postmodernism.

This article explores the avant-garde background to postmodern radicalism, and it thereby offers a genealogical critique of themes in this strand of postmodern ethics. To begin, the collapse of structuralism led poststructuralists/postmodernists such as roland Barthes and Michel Foucault to appeal to sites such as the body and strategies such as transgression. They derived these sites and strategies from the avant-garde: we might trace their history through Dada, surrealism, and situationism. Moreover, these avant-garde movements inspired the appeals to similar sites and strategies by postmodernists such as Jean Baudrillard and Jean-François Lyotard. But, while several postmodernists remained wedded to avant-garde sites and strategies, they rejected the concept of the “real” by which the avant-garde had legitimated their ethics. The article concludes by exploring the way this legacy posed difficulties for postmodernism, and how these difficulties might be resolved.
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