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As for the competition between capitalism and socialism, in the Cold War “Good was defined as the other that is, as what the enemy rejectedentwining them in a dialectical death embrace that ensured neither side would escape the binaries of discursive frame that contained them both” pp. Sociology, Ideology, and Utopia: History of Western Philosophy. Sociology, Ideology and Utopia: Man East and West: The dream of the twentieth century was the construction of mass utopia.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The larger social vision has given way to private dreams of material happiness and to political cynicism. Fox – – Philosophy East and West 41 3: Ditchev – – Diogenes 49 Find it on Scholar. Sign in Create an account. This entry has no external links. Essays in East-West Philosophy. The scope of her research, often breathtaking, more than justifies a certain measure of methodological madness: This article has no associated abstract.

An “Afterward” places the book in the historical context of the author’s collaboration with a group of Moscow philosophers and artists over the past two tumultuous decades. Februar – For readers who do not appreciate postmodernist flourishes, the book can occasionally be hard going. The book is an experiment in visual culture, using images as philosophy, presenting, literally, a way of seeing the past. Perhaps even more, this book tells us a lot about postmodernist critics of Western capitalism.


Susan Buck-Morss argues that Stalinism crushed utopian innovation in favor of Western materialism and that once this happened the Soviet experiment was doomed because it had chosen to compete with the West on Western terms, thus excluding its original utopian promise. No keywords specified fix it.

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On the contrary, “Industrial modernity in both really existing forms, capitalist and socialist, created a hostile environment for human life, precisely the opposite of the dream of modernity” p. Derrida’s cafastrophe visit took place in April The book is in four parts.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Review of East Meets West: Buck-Morss’s main point is the usual one about capitalism—that it is bad, vulgar, materialistic, deceitful, sexist, racist, destructive, and exploitative, and that it deserved to die. Susan Buck-Morss – Journal of Cold War Studies 6.

One assumes she did this to spare herself the pain of admitting that old-fashioned narrative history has its uses. Hence, she presents the material as one huge footnote neatly labeled “hypertext” taking up the bottom half of thirty-eight pages in very small print. Journal of Cold War Studies. Developing the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collective mental state and an analytical concept, Susan Buck-Morss attempts to come to terms with mass dreamworlds at the moment of their passing.

Stressing the similarities between the East and West and using the end of the Cold War as her point of departure, she examines both extremes of mass utopia, dreamworld and catastrophe. The East and the West: The fact that, by the end of her tenure, it was known as the Russian Academy of Sciences attests to the ideological turbulence of those years and to the dynamism and relevance of her task.

He has since written a book about his trip or rather, written about not writing about it in an essay entitled ‘Back from Moscow, in the USSR'” p.


FORMER WEST – Dreamworld and Catastrophe

Reading this book is like receiving a fascinating annotated scrapbook from your really smart friend in Moscow. Chattopadhyaya – – Brill. Some readers, those unfamiliar with the cultural innovations of the early Bolshevik period, will be interested in the portrayal of the doomed utopian visions put forward by architects, poets, dramatists, filmmakers, painters, and other artists who flourished in Soviet Russia in the s. Buck-Morss’s previous book was a daring attempt to reverse-engineer Walter Benjamins Paris Arcades Project out of the more than one thousand fragments left behind at his death.

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Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West (2000)

Buck-Morss Moorss Dialectics of Seeing, turns her Benjaminian eye on the often surprising convergence of the Western and Soviet utopian imaginaries, to dazzling effect. Memory of the West: From toBuck-Morss was a visiting scholar there, at what was first called the Institute of Philosophy of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.

Throughout the text one finds the theme that has preoccupied the left since They will be struck to learn how most of these artists suffered as Stalinist repression and growing cultural conservatism forced Soviet society to turn to the more practical goal of constructing a war economy based on heavy industry and pervasive consumer shortages.

Utopian Studies 11 2: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Susan Buck-Morss Dreamworld and Catastrophe.