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Overwrite – Ethics of Knowledge – Poetics of Existence
Armen Avanessian [see all titles]
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Armen Avanessian Overwrite Ethics of Knowledge – Poetics of Existence
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published in July 2017
English edition
13 x 21 cm (softcover)
196 pages
€19.00
ISBN: 978-3-95679-114-7
EAN: 9783956791147
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A critical essay on the state of the academic world, and a call for the development of an autonomous knowledge production.
The original ideals of the Enlightenment research university and the rise of aesthetics in modernity have been decisive in shaping neoliberal capitalism. How, then, might we endeavor to change the academic status quo? Philosopher and political theorist Armen Avanessian argues that the ethical dimension of knowledge can produce a new reality. Looking beyond aesthetics and its critical imagination, can the speculative poetics of collaborative writing free us from the dominant regime of the academy and, by extension, the art world?

Since the early 1800s, the institution of the university has promoted creativity, critical thinking, and independent research. The more it has yielded to the pressures of the economy, however, the more it has betrayed its ideals. This, in short, is the common critique of the plight of the academy. But the inverse might be true: the depression, feelings of insufficiency, and permanent pressure to innovate experienced by academics might be symptoms of these original ideals, which, along with artistic production and the regime of aesthetics, has shaped the spirit of neoliberal capitalism.
Philosopher and political theorist Armen Avanessian argues that the ethical dimension of knowledge can produce a new reality. Can the speculative poetics of collaborative writing, he asks, free us from the dominant regime of the academy and, by extension, the art world? And how does this independence differ from the principle of self-fulfillment on which the ideal of the university and current conceptions of artistic research are based?
Overwrite: Ethics of Knowledge—Poetics of Existence is about the desire to write differently to situate oneself in the world differently. It is a book about the truth that is produced when a subject takes responsibility for its thinking, its experiences, its conflicts; when a subject rewrites and overwrites itself to become an other, and transforms the world in the process.
Armen Avanessian teaches Comparative Literature at the Free University Berlin. He is a Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Centre “Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits”. He is the founder of the bilingual research platform Spekulative Poetik, editor of the book series Spekulationen for Merve Verlag Berlin.

See also Armen Avanessian & Andreas Töpfer.