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Architecture as Metaphor : Language, Number, Money - Kojin Karatani

Architecture as Metaphor

Language, Number, Money

By: Kojin Karatani, Michael Speaks (Editor), Sabu Kohso (Translator)

Paperback Published: 5th October 1995
ISBN: 9780262611138
Number Of Pages: 246
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Kojin Karatani, Japan's leading literary critic, is perhaps best known for his imaginative readings of Shakespeare, Soseki, Marx, Wittgenstein, and most recently Kant. His works, of which "Origins of Modern Japanese Literature" is the only one previously translated into English, are the generic equivalent to what in America is called "theory." Karatani's writings are important not only for the insights they offer on the various topics under discussion, but also as an example of a distinctly non-Western critical intervention. In "Architecture as Metaphor," Karatani detects a recurrent "will to architecture" that he argues is the foundation of all Western thinking, traversing architecture, philosophy, literature, linguistics, city planning, anthropology, political economics, psychoanalysis, and mathematics. In the three parts of the book, he analyzes the complex bonds between construction and deconstruction, thereby pointing to an alternative model of "secular criticism," but in the domain of philosophy rather than literary or cultural criticism. As Karatani claims in his introduction, because the will to architecture is practically nonoexistent in Japan, he must first assume a dual role: one that affirms the architectonic (by scrutinizing the suppressed function of form) and one that pushes formalism to its collapse (by invoking Kurt Godel's incompleteness theorem). His subsequent discussions trace a path through the work of Christopher Alexander, Jane Jacobs, Gilles Deleuze, and others. Finally, amidst the drive that motivates all formalization, he confronts an unbridgeable gap, an uncontrollable event encountered in the exchange with the other; thus his speculation turns toward global capital movement. While in the present volume he mainly analyzes familiar Western texts, it is precisely for this reason that his voice discloses a distance that will add a new dimension to our English-language discourse.

Introduction: A Map of Crises
Translator's Remarks
Introduction to the English Edition
The Will to Architecturep. 5
The Status of Formp. 15
Architecture and Poetryp. 23
The Natural Cityp. 29
Structure and Zerop. 37
Natural Numbersp. 47
Natural Languagep. 61
Moneyp. 67
Natural Intelligencep. 73
Schismogenesisp. 81
Beingp. 93
The Formalization of Philosophyp. 101
Solipsismp. 109
The Standpoint of Teachingp. 115
Architecture as Metaphorp. 125
On Rulesp. 133
Society and Communityp. 143
The Linguistic Turn and Cogitop. 149
Sellingp. 159
Merchant Capitalp. 169
Creditp. 177
Afterwordp. 185
Notesp. 189
Illustration Creditsp. 200
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ISBN: 9780262611138
ISBN-10: 0262611139
Series: Writing Architecture
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 5th October 1995
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.35

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