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The Spirit of Terrorism by Jean Baudrillard, ISBN-13: 978-1781680209

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The Spirit of Terrorism by Jean Baudrillard, ISBN-13: 978-1781680209

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  • Publisher: ‎ Verso; 1st edition (January 16, 2013)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 96 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1781680205
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1781680209

Baudrillard sees the power of the terrorists as lying in the symbolism of slaughter—not merely the reality of death, but in a sacrifice that challenges the whole system. Where previously the old revolutionary sought to conduct a struggle between real forces in the context of ideology and politics, the new terrorist mounts a powerful symbolic challenge which, when combined with high-tech resources, constitutes an unprecedented assault on an over-sophisticated and vulnerable West.

Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) began teaching sociology at the Université de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007. His many works include Simulacra and Simulation, America, The Perfect Crime, The System of Objects, Passwords, The Transparency of Evil, The Spirit of Terrorism, and Fragments, among others.

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