Theories of Paul Virilio

Masters
Book Report/Review
Book Reports
Pages 11 (2761 words)
Download 0
Paul Virilio is one of the most prominent French cultural theorists of today's age and time. He is popularly known as the inventor of concepts such as 'dromology' (the 'science' of speed). At the same time, Virilio is renowned for his claim that the logic of acceleration lies at the heart of the organization and transformation of the modern world…

Introduction


Virilio was born in Paris in 1932. His mother was a Breton and fathers an Italian Communist. Soon, in 1939 Virilio was taken to the port of Nantes, where he continued to be bogged and petrified by the spectacle of Hitler's Blitzkrieg during World War II. He got his initial training at the Cole des M'tiers d' Art in Paris. Virilio soon became an artist in stained glass and interned alongside Matisse in different churches in the French capital. In 1950, he converted to Christianity amidst the company of 'worker-priests'. This was following military conscription into the colonial army during the Algerian war of independence (1954-1962). In the meanwhile Virilio studied and focused on phenomenology with Merleau-Ponty at the Sorbonne. The military, spatial, and organizational features of urban territory aroused Virilio's curiosity and inspiration. Henceforth, Virilio's early writings began to appear while he catapulted and projected himself as an 'urbanist'.
Although Virilio is known for the innumerable short pieces and architectural drawings, he came up with in the 1960s. His first major work was a master piece in its own right. ...
Download paper
Not exactly what you need?

Related papers

Emile Zola
Germinal embodies this precision and authenticity through Zola's scientific approach, encyclopaedic style of writing, his characterisation of a typology of classes and symbolism which is dictated by ideas that naturalism wishes to impose. Alternatively, critics such as J.K Huysman and Ruth B.Antosh would contest Zola's stance as a naturalist writer where the ambiguity of his ideas and artistic…
Ellis's and Palahniuk's Literature Representation of Sexuality
Toni Morrison's Beloved, dealing with the harrowing and haunting effects of slavery, and Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, presenting the sexual idiosyncrasies of a psycho-path, treat sexuality in distinctly different ways, former representing the oppressed and exploited 'black' sexuality, and the latter the domineering and exploitative 'white' sexuality. A comparative analysis of the two may…
Theories of Paul Virilio
Virilio was born in Paris in 1932. His mother was a Breton and fathers an Italian Communist. Soon, in 1939 Virilio was taken to the port of Nantes, where he continued to be bogged and petrified by the spectacle of Hitler's Blitzkrieg during World War II. He got his initial training at the Cole des M'tiers d' Art in Paris. Virilio soon became an artist in stained glass and interned alongside…
A critical analysis of the Rocking Horse Winner
Lawrence's "The Rocking Horse Winner". What is very sad about this whole short story is the knowledge that the son wanted nothing more than his mothers' approval and her love. He also wanted to help her feel satisfied financially. In attempting to achieve these things, she brought him down in his own life, ultimately ending in his tragic death.The author really does a wonderfully, descriptive job…
Wordsworth's Ballad "Expostulation and Reply"
Words are crushed in poem. Sometimes they are mangled beyond any shape or form. However, the intention of the poet is to make expositions within the context of the poem. In "Expostulation and Reply" the lyrics are more or less decipherable if one knows the geography of the region where the poem is being written. The poem was written using the Esthwaite Lake in the Lake District of northwestern…
Juan Rulfos Short Stories
There are other definitions of the term that include "The simulation of something which never really existed." (Baudrillard) "The authentic fake." (Eco). These definitions are provided from hyperreality philosophers and can be compared with the definition of reality to clearly observe the divergence into hyperreality. As a result, a disparity as to what reality is surfaces. This is because the…
Umberto Ecoand Hype rReality
While it is a clearly tangible technology, hyper-reality is a concept still simmering in the minds which we use sometimes to describe something as unreal as the Disneyland structures.…