Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation as the Taxation Of Substance Over Form: Does the Contract Trump Actually Economic Hyperreality?

“Le simulacre n’est jamais ce qui cache la vérité — c’est la vérité qui cache qu’il n’y en a pas. Le simulacre est vrai.”

“[…] le secret des grands politiques fut de savoir que le pouvoir n’existe pas. Qu’il n’est qu’un espace perspectif de simulation, comme le fut celui, pictural, de la Renaissance, et que si le pouvoir séduit, c’est justement […] parce qu’il est simulacre.”

Cover of the first edition
“Human-in-the-loop simulation of outer space.” Description and image from Wikipedia. I claim no ownership.
“Baudrillard in 2004 at the European Graduate School.” Description and image from Wikipedia. I claim no ownership.
“St. Mark’s Square at the Grand Canal Shoppes is surrounded by restaurants and shops. It is also the site of live costumed shows.” The Venetian Las Vegas. Description and image from Wikipedia. I claim no ownership.

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Charles Lincon

Charles Lincon

Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, Hegelian dialectics, Attic Greek, masters University of Amsterdam.