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Turning on the Mind
Author: Tamara Chaplin

ISBN: 9780226509914
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17 October 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4 x 2.1
Description:
In 1951, the eight o'clock nightly news reported on Jean-Paul Sartre for the first time. By the end of the twentieth century, more than 3,500 programs dealing with philosophy and its practitioners--including Bachelard, Badiou, Foucault, Lyotard, and Levy--had aired on French television. According to Tamara Chaplin, this enduring commitment to bringing the most abstract and least visual of disciplines to the French public challenges our very assumptions about the incompatibility of elite culture and mass media. Indeed, it belies the conviction that television is inevitably anti-intellectual and the quintessential archenemy of the book.
Chaplin argues that the history of the televising of philosophy is crucial to understanding the struggle over French national identity in the postwar period. Linking this history to decolonization, modernization, and globalization, "Turning On the Mind "claims that we can understand neither the markedly public role that philosophy came to play in French society during the late twentieth century nor the renewed interest in ethics and political philosophy in the early twenty-first unless we acknowledge the work of televisio...

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