ISSN: 1705-6411
Volume 4, Number 3 (October, 2007)
Author: Tyler Cowan

A longer version of this remembrance was posted on the Marginal Revolution website on March 7, 2007.

Looking past the surface, virtually all of his books have startling and insightful passages: “Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price”; or: “At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves” and, “there is no aphrodisiac like innocence.”

It is easy enough to paint him as a postmodern nihilist. I prefer to read him as a moralist. Many of the recent summaries do not do him justice. Baudrillard was a major thinker of our age, and I am sad I can no longer look forward to new books from his hand.

About the Author
Tyler Cowan is from the Marginal Revolution Website