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The New Aesthetics of Deculturation


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Introduction: Fundamentalism, Neoliberalism, Kitsch 1. A Religion of Excellence 2. Kitsch: An Alternative Aesthetic Truth 3. A Culture of Narcissism 4. Cute, Excellent, Sublime, Interesting 5. Can Liberalism be Saved? 6. Three Anti-Liberalists: Burckhard, Meinecke, Evola 7. The Narcissistic Culture of Quantification Conclusion Bibliography Index

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Establishing conceptual links between religious fundamentalism, neoliberal culture, and kitsch this book demonstrates how all three thrive in the postindustrial environment of a globalized information culture.

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Thorsten Botz-Bornstein is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait.


This bold and laudably readable defense of the humanities links both the market worship of the neoliberal right and the empty relativism of the left to the abandonment of culture in kitsch. Even more, it offers clever and detailed analyses of a full range of contemporary sensibilities. * Gary Cross, author of "Packaged Pleasures: How Technology and Marketing Revolutionized Desire" *

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