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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2014, Vol. 9 Issue (2) : 181-193
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The Principle of Production and a Critique of Metaphysics: From the Perspective of Theory of Baudrillard Contractual Approach Based on Rawls’ Device of the “Original Position”
XIA Ying()
Department of Philosophy, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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In this article, I discuss Baudrillard’s critique of metaphysics based on his work The Mirror of Production, in which he stresses the principle of production—i.e., dichotomy and derivation. In the development of classical German philosophy, the principle of production was speculatively established, first as Descartes’ cogito, then as Fichte’s Tathandlung, and finally as Hegel’s labor, and grew to be a major principle of modern metaphysics. At the article’s conclusion, the meaning of Symbolic Exchange—Baudrillard’s utopian condition lying beyond the principle of production—will be discussed.

Keywords Baudrillard      metaphysics      production      symbolic exchange      reciprocal     
Issue Date: 04 July 2014
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XIA Ying. The Principle of Production and a Critique of Metaphysics: From the Perspective of Theory of Baudrillard Contractual Approach Based on Rawls’ Device of the “Original Position”[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2014, 9(2): 181-193.
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