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Aka Marcel Duchamp is an anthology of contemporary essays through top students on Marcel Duchamp, arguably the main influential artist of the 20 th century. With scholarship addressing the whole diversity of Duchamp's profession, those papers research how Duchamp's impression grew and inspired itself upon his contemporaries and next generations of artists. Duchamp offers an illuminating version of the dynamics of play in development of inventive identification and legacy, including either own volition and contributions made by means of fellow artists, critics, and historians. This quantity is not just very important for its contributions to Duchamp reports and the sunshine it sheds at the higher impression of Duchamp's paintings and occupation on glossy and modern artwork, but in addition for what it finds approximately how the heritage of paintings itself is formed over the years by means of moving agendas, evolving methodologies, and new discoveries.

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Beyond Good and Evil speaks, as Emerson does, of thinking through pessimism to affirmation. Nietzsche specifies pessimism as what is most worlddenying; Emerson’s name for this, in the passage I cited from ‘‘Experience,’’ is skepticism; its opposite Nietzsche specifies as world affirmation, which is 22 THE FUTURE OF POSSIBILITY precisely what Emerson understands the new world to be awaiting. Nietzsche specifies the world-affirming human being as one who, reconceiving time, achieves the will to eternal recurrence; Emerson specifies this figure as one who finds the knack of liberation in moments.

If it were not for the fact that modernity’s self-understanding has been shaped as much by its relation to time as by its relation to normative justification, the idea of modernity as an ‘‘unfinished project’’ (Habermas) would not be as implausible or self-undermining. The ‘‘epoch’’ that is expectantly open to the novelty of the future is not an ‘‘epoch’’ that can bring its idea of itself to completion. It cannot ‘‘ground’’ itself in its claim to autonomy so long as it is open to the new, to unforeseeable new beginnings.

This opening of philosophy for me, synchronized with the opening of philosophical and non-philosophical texts towards one another, was set in motion in the year or two leading into 1960, marked as the years in which three of the texts I name here, three films it happens, were released: Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night, Alain Resnais and Marguerite Duras’s Hiroshima, Mon Amour and Antonioni’s L’Avventura – each associated with the question about whether something new might happen (Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Endgame were still new), shadowed by the question whether love is an exhausted possibility, a question incorporating some residue of a fantasy of marriage.

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