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Nicholas Ruiz III
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Release Date: October, 2008
America in Absentia is a reflective text which immediately engages the reader in controversial ethical debates on American politics, race and culture...In sum, Ruiz's book is captivating and draws the reader into its poetic web of allusion. He vividly illustrates the role postmodernism and our moral self-conception play within globalised economies. --Shibboleths: A Journal of Comparative Theory and Criticism
"The unifying principle of the world is Capital. Ethical conceptions are helpful here. Where a 'fact' is verifiable, a 'value' is relative. In a special case, Capital is an ethical fact by virtue of its valuation, always in flux and exchange. Like moral value, Capital is in the eye of the beholder. Still, this does not mean that there is a grand unifying theory of the real, because the world seeks fragmentation at all times. Life trumps the world by its persistence in the face of inevitable death. Extermination, in the total sense, is the highest stake on the table between the world and life. America is the highest bidder in this speculative game. Let us hope she is bluffing."
Nicholas Ruiz III, Ph.D was born in New York City in 1970 and now lives in New Smyrna Beach, FL. He is the author of The Metaphysics of Capital and Integral Reality (with Robert Hassan). He is also the editor of Kritikos.
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