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Willy Thayer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286744

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286744.001.0001

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Critique and Work

Critique and Work

(p.5) 2 Critique and Work
Technologies of Critique

Willy Thayer

, John Kraniauskas
Fordham University Press

This chapter analyzes the conventional link between critique and work, which is less abrupt than the perspective on critique and life. It discusses critique and work in relation to the levels of its dispersion, its disaggregation, the lack of control of its hyperboles, the loss of its center, and the crisis of its dynamic. The criteria and possibilities according to which critique is exercised would depend upon the frames, categories, and regimes of understanding in which life is heterogeneously pre-comprehended. This chapter describes how these frames, modes of life, or the clashes between them precede critical behavior. A supposed “life in itself” emerges as a referential illusion or centering function in the clash, the tension, comparison, or encounter between regimes of life or work.

Keywords:   critique, work, hyperboles, pre-comprehended life, critical behavior

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