D’A Sociedade Do Espectáculo (1967) Aos _Comentários_ (1988): Um «Corte Epistemológico»? Uma Hipótese Hermenêutica Sobre a Obra de Guy Debord [Book Review]

Aufklärung 9 (3):109-122 (2022)
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Abstract

As far as the relationship between The Society of the Spectacle (1967) and Commentaries on the Society of the Spectacle (1988) is concerned, one either acknowledges Guy Debord's self interpretation, according to which these books complement each other, or one is forced to concede, on the contrary, the existence of an "epistemological cut", undermining, therefore, the revolutionary unity of Debord’s work. According to the first hypothesis, Machiavelli and Marx will eventually be linked up in a Situationist project to overthrow spectacular society. However, the second hypothesis involves dismissing political economy analysis, whose field is apparently occupied by police logic. Because Debord’s interpretation seems to us to be more plausible, even though its defence is not an easy task, we will endorse his point of view.

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Eurico Carvalho
University of Porto

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