Passive Nihilism: Cultural Historiography And The Rhetorics Of Scholarship
Passive Nihilism: Cultural Historiography And The Rhetorics Of Scholarship

Passive Nihilism: Cultural Historiography And The Rhetorics Of Scholarship

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Examining multiple academic discourses, Passive Nihilism argues that contemporary models of history, culture, and language are reactive and that their mix of epistemology, rhetoric, and politics is too explosive for the interpretations associated with normal criticism. Sande Cohen argues that cultural historiography is a discourse that makes orders and cultural timings out of language, showing the inseparability of rhetoric, epistemology, and politics in the discourses of the human sciences. Reading texts as distinct as professional history-writing, Derridas Specters of Marx, Carlo Ginzburgs metahistorical projections, Bruno Latours anti-deconstructive model of science studies, art-curatorial models of history, and neo-psychoanalysis obsessive turn to negation, Passive Nihilism argues that the concept of passive nihilism sustains such discourses, giving the human sciences a reactive and idealist gloss.

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