The Language of Power in Canetti <i>A Scrutiny</i>

Massimo Cacciari

in The Unpolitical

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230037
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235834 | DOI:
The Language of Power in Canetti A Scrutiny

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This chapter informs us how Elias Canetti develops his idea, particularly the motive of the consubstantiality between conceptual confinement and mass behavior. Naturally, the discourse theme of body-flesh assumes even more the general urgency in connection with struggle against the very idea of death. The philosophical proper of thought that appears in the forms of destructive reason of Canetti, being the philosophical discourse, is really the weapon of destruction of the body — it even empties the body from thought; therefore there is an intimate connection between philosophy and death. In this chapter Canetti lets us know the philosophers that those he admires, far from covering, mitigating, taming, and baring the reality together with their love for it. Canetti's analysis shows how the investigation of power, and of the symbols of power, cannot be disassociated from that of the formation and behavior of the great contemporary masses.

Keywords: conceptual confinement; death; thought; philosophy; power

Chapter.  6040 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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