Proposes "the extraordinary" as a defining characteristic of modernity.
Translated from the Spanish De lo extraordinario: Nominalismo y Modernidad, this book argues that a defining aspect of modernity is an ever-increasing pursuit of, and need for, what Eduardo Sabrovsky calls "the extraordinary," a term that encompasses both the exception and the miraculous. Sabrovsky shows the degree to which Robert Musil's novel The Man without Qualities functions as a paradoxical paradigm of the extraordinary, and he extends the theoretical insights drawn from Musil's magisterial work through a series of inquiries into cardinal elements of modern literature, material culture, historiography, physical science, psychoanalysis, and political theory. Sabrovsky demonstrates how the extraordinary condition of modernity emerges from the debates conducted by the last representatives of medieval scholasticism in which nominalism defeated realism, and he resituates the results of this triumph of nominalism in the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and Georges Bataille, among others.
Eduardo Sabrovsky is Professor at the Instituto de Humanidades, Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. His previous books include El Filósofo como productor: Ensayos sobre politíca y filosofía del acontecimiento; Chile, tiempos interesantes: A 40 años del Golpe Militar; and De l'extraordinaire: Nominalisme et modernité. Javier Burdman is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the University of Strasbourg.