What is the difference between the end of life and the end of the world, and how might we think about life without the world?
I want to explore three senses of world: the first is the world as we know it—our world; the second is the world in the broader sense of various life worlds; and the third is the sense of the world in its most minimal sense, a world that doesn’t know it’s a world, or a world without the world. There is something peculiarly modern and Western about the concepts of lifeworlds, end of the world, possible worlds and the essential meaning and humanity of the world. One of the ways we might think about artworks or what it requires to view something as art is that it creates a form of life without world.
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Claire Colebrook is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Penn State University. She has published books and articles on contemporary European philosophy, queer theory, visual culture, poetry, literary history gender studies and literary theory. Her most recent book is Twilight of the Anthropocene Idols, co-authored with Tom Cohen and J. Hillis Miller.