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The History of the Devil

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The History of the Devil
Vilem Flusser, "The History of the Devil"
English | ISBN: 1937561224 | 2014 | 239 pages | PDF | 4 MB

In 1939, a young Vilém Flusser faced the Nazi invasion of his hometown of Prague. He escaped with his wife to Brazil, taking with him only two books: a small Jewish prayer book and Goethes Faust. Twenty-six years later, in 1965, Flusser would publish The History of the Devil, and it is the essence of those two books that haunts his own. From that time his life as a philosopher was born. While Flusser would later garner attention in Europe and elsewhere as a thinker of media culture, The History of the Devil is considered by many to be his first significant work, containing nascent forms of the main themes that would come to preoccupy him over the following decades.
In The History of the Devil, Flusser frames the human situation from a pseudo-religious point of view. The phenomenal world, or œreality in a general sense, is identified as the œDevil, and that which transcends phenomena, or the philosophers and theologians œreality, is identified as œGod. Referencing Wittgensteins Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus in its structure, Flusser provocatively leads the reader through an existential exploration of nothingness as the bedrock of reality, where œphenomenon and œtranscendence, œDevil and œGod become fused and confused. So radically confused, in fact, that Flusser suggests we abandon the quotation marks from the terms œDevil and œGod. At this moment of abysmal confusion, and of the downfall of all values, we must make the existential decisions that give direction to our lives.

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