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The Cynical Legacy

Joseph J. Tanke

Joseph J. Tanke is based at the University of Hawaii. He has published and lectured extensively on issues in Continental philosophy, with a special emphasis on aesthetics and politics, as well as the works of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Rancière. Professor Tanke was recently named to the editorial board of Philosophy and Social Criticism, and his essays are currently being translated into two other languages. In addition to having studied philosophy in both the United States and Europe, Joseph holds a degree in art history and has worked for several art institutions. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Foucault’s Philosophy of Art : A Genealogy of Modernity

Continuum, 2009


...Introduction The final facet of Foucault’s genealogy of modern art must be understood on the basis of a certain paradox: the type of truth the work of art maintains in modernity is not at all modern and is in fact the reactivation, within...