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Afterness: Figures of Following in Modern Thought and Aesthetics

Gerhard Richter


This book argues that the concept of “afterness” is a key figure in the thought and aesthetics of modernity. It pursues questions such as: What does it mean for something to “follow” something else? Does that which follows mark a clear break with what came before it, or does it in fact tacitly perpetuate its predecessor as a consequence of its inevitable indebtedness to the terms and conditions of that from which it claims to have departed? Indeed, is not the very act of breaking with, and then following upon, a way of retroactively constructing and fortifying that from which the break that se ... More

Keywords: afterness, memory, translation, photography, modernity, Immanuel Kant, Franz Kafka, Martin Heidegger, Ernst Bloch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231157704
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerhard Richter, author
Brown University