The Return of Dionysus

  • Michel Maffesoli


It is not a new idea that any given era can be understood as structured by a specific dominant logic. The ‘anthropological structure’ as understood by Gilbert Durand, Foucault’s epistème or Kuhn’s paradigm are heuristic propositions of great interest to the effect that the actions, feelings and prejudices that rule social relations either in particular institutions and spheres of life or in the civilisation as a whole, are organised and ordered around a central value principle. J. G. Merquior (1988, 41) makes a pertinent distinction between several notions of this kind, speaking of ‘underground thought’, ‘mental infrastructure’, or an ‘historical a priori’.


Aesthetic Experience Consumer Society Social Body Social Existence Front Stage 
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