By Gerhard Richter
Gerhard Richter's groundbreaking learn argues that the idea that of "afterness" is a key determine within the notion and aesthetics of modernity. It pursues questions corresponding to: What does it suggest for whatever to "follow" whatever else? Does that which follows mark a transparent holiday with what got here earlier than it, or does it in truth tacitly perpetuate its predecessor by reason of its inevitable indebtedness to the phrases and prerequisites of that from which it claims to have departed? certainly, isn't the very act of breaking with, after which following upon, a fashion of retroactively developing and fortifying that from which the holiday that set the circulate of following into movement had occurred?
The ebook explores the concept that and circulate of afterness as a privileged but uncanny classification via shut readings of writers comparable to Kant, Kafka, Heidegger, Bloch, Benjamin, Brecht, Adorno, Arendt, Lyotard, and Derrida. It indicates how the vexed techniques of afterness, following, and coming after shed new mild on a constellation of recent preoccupations, together with own and cultural reminiscence, translation, images, wish, and the old and conceptual specificity of what has been termed "after Auschwitz." The study's numerous analyses—across a heterogeneous choice of smooth writers and thinkers, various old moments of articulation, and a number media—conspire to light up Lyotard's apodictic assertion that "after philosophy comes philosophy. however it has been altered through the 'after.'" As Richter's tricky learn demonstrates, a lot hinges on our interpretation of the "after." in spite of everything, our so much basic assumptions relating sleek aesthetic illustration, conceptual discourse, group, subjectivity, and politics are at stake.