By Michael North

If paintings and technology have something in universal, it’s a starvation for the new—new rules and techniques, new methods of seeing and depicting the realm. yet that wish for novelty includes with it a primary philosophical challenge: If every thing has to come back from something, how can something really new emerge? Is novelty even possible?

In Novelty, Michael North takes us on a blinding journey of greater than millennia of pondering the matter of the hot, from the puzzles of the pre-Socratics the entire means as much as the paintings international of the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s. The phrases of the talk, North indicates, have been validated sooner than Plato, and feature replaced little or no due to the fact: novelty, philosophers argued, might merely come up from both recurrence or recombination. the previous, present in nature’s cycles of renewal, and the latter, noticeable so much truly within the workings of language, among them have accounted for almost the entire ways that novelty has been conceived in Western background, taking in reformation, renaissance, invention, revolution, or even evolution. As he pursues this concept via centuries and throughout disciplines, North shows superb variety, drawing on figures as assorted as Charles Darwin and Robert Smithson, Thomas Kuhn and Ezra Pound, Norbert Wiener and Andy Warhol, all of whom provide other ways of grappling with the assumption of originality.

Novelty, North demonstrates, continues to be a principal challenge of up to date technological know-how and literature—an ever-receding objective that, in its complexity and evasiveness, keeps to motivate and propel the trendy. A heady, bold highbrow ceremonial dinner, Novelty is wealthy with perception, a masterpiece of perceptive synthesis.

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