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By Michael North

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

In Novelty, Michael North takes us on a blinding journey of greater than millennia of considering the matter of the hot, from the puzzles of the pre-Socratics all of the approach as much as the paintings international of the Sixties and ’70s. The phrases of the controversy, North indicates, have been proven prior to Plato, and feature replaced little or no seeing that: novelty, philosophers argued, might in basic terms come up from both recurrence or recombination. the previous, present in nature’s cycles of renewal, and the latter, obvious so much sincerely 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 indicates surprising diversity, drawing on figures as various as Charles Darwin and Robert Smithson, Thomas Kuhn and Ezra Pound, Norbert Wiener and Andy Warhol, all of whom supply alternative ways of grappling with the belief of originality.

Novelty, North demonstrates, is still a vital challenge of up to date technological know-how and literature—an ever-receding goal that, in its complexity and evasiveness, maintains to encourage and propel the fashionable. A heady, bold highbrow banquet, Novelty is wealthy with perception, a masterpiece of perceptive synthesis.

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