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The Artist-Philosopher and New Philosophy by George Smith

 Book cover art: Alfredo Jaar, "The Cloud."

Book cover art: Alfredo Jaar, "The Cloud."

"THIS IS AN AMAZING BOOK, A CLASSIC!" - Sylvère Lotringer

In The Artist-Philosopher and New Philosophy, Smith argues that Western Metaphysics has indeed come to what Heidegger describes as “an end.” That is hardly to say philosophy as such is over or soon to disappear; rather, its purpose as a medium of cultural change and as a generator of history has run its course. He thus calls for a New Philosophy, conceptualized by the artist-philosopher who “makes” or “poeticizes” New Philosophy, spanning literary and theoretical discourses and operating across art in all its forms and across culture in all its locations. To this end, Smith proposes the establishment of schools and social networks that advance the training and development of artist-philosophers, as well as global digital networks that are themselves designed toward this “ever-becoming community.”