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Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > Western philosophy, from c 1900 - > General

Pure Immanence - Essays on A Life (Paperback): Gilles Deleuze Pure Immanence - Essays on A Life (Paperback)
Gilles Deleuze; Translated by Anne Boyman
R404 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Essays by Gilles Deleuze on the search for a new empiricism. The essays in this book present a complex theme at the heart of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, what in his last writing he called simply "a life." They capture a problem that runs throughout his work-his long search for a new and superior empiricism. Announced in his first book, on David Hume, then taking off with his early studies of Nietzsche and Bergson, the problem of an "empiricist conversion" became central to Deleuze's work, in particular to his aesthetics and his conception of the art of cinema. In the new regime of communication and information-machines with which he thought we are confronted today, he came to believe that such a conversion, such an empiricism, such a new art and will-to-art, was what we need most. The last, seemingly minor question of "a life" is thus inseparable from Deleuze's striking image of philosophy not as a wisdom we already possess, but as a pure immanence of what is yet to come. Perhaps the full exploitation of that image, from one of the most original trajectories in contemporary philosophy, is also yet to come.

Unframing Martin Heidegger's Understanding of Technology - On the Essential Connection between Technology, Art, and... Unframing Martin Heidegger's Understanding of Technology - On the Essential Connection between Technology, Art, and History (Hardcover)
Soren Riis; Translated by Rebecca Walsh
R2,007 Discovery Miles 20 070 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This book presents a new and radical interpretation of some of Martin Heidegger's most influential texts. The unfamiliar interpretations all seek to question and unframe hasty assessments of the concepts and constellations of thoughts surrounding Heidegger's notion of modern technology. Heidegger's impressive work still hides many treasures and strange thoughts giving original insights into the rise of biotechnology, transgressions between art and technology and the writing of Western history. By way of surprising thought experiments, critical questioning, allusions and systematic conclusions, this book presents Heidegger's thoughts on technology in a way that not only shows his importance for philosophy and modern society, but also identifies his shortcomings and uses his original thoughts and concepts against him.

Derrida and the Legacy of Psychoanalysis (Hardcover, 1): Paul Earlie Derrida and the Legacy of Psychoanalysis (Hardcover, 1)
Paul Earlie
R1,596 Discovery Miles 15 960 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In Derrida and the Legacy of Psychoanalysis, Paul Earlie offers a detailed account of the importance of psychoanalysis in Derrida's thought. Based on close readings of texts from the whole of his career, including less well-known and previously unpublished material, the title sheds new light on the crucial role of psychoanalysis in shaping Derrida's response to a number of key questions. These questions range from the psyche's relationship to technology to the role of fiction and metaphor in scientific discourse, and from the relationship between memory and the archive to the status of the political in deconstruction. Focusing on Freud but proposing new readings of texts by Lacan, Torok and Abraham, Laplanche and Pontalis, amongst other seminal figures in contemporary French thought, Earlie argues that Derrida's writings on psychoanalysis can also provide an important bridge between deconstruction and the recent materialist turn in the humanities. Challenging a still prevalent 'textualist' reading of Derrida's work, he explores the ongoing contribution of deconstruction and psychoanalysis to pressing issues in critical thought today, from the localizing models of the neurosciences and the omnipresence of digital technology to the politics of affect in an age of terror.

Farewell to Modernism - On Human Devolution in the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover, New edition): Rajani Kanth Farewell to Modernism - On Human Devolution in the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover, New edition)
Rajani Kanth
R2,206 R1,809 Discovery Miles 18 090 Save R397 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Farewell to Modernism: On Human Devolution in the Twenty-First Century is an original, pathbreaking, revolutionary, and totalizing critique of received Modernist ideas, including Modernist Utopianism. In that vein, it unseats virtually every dearly held myth of EuroModernist discourse. It offers a new episteme based on our true ontic nature - our anthropic species-being - as an offset and correction to all brands of EuroModernist idylls, be they of Left or Right, that have repeatedly brought the world to the brink of annihilation. In sum, this book argues that neither philosophy nor social science are tenable without a true, realist anthropology of the human species that sets limits to both political idealism and social engineering.

Revolt, Affect, Collectivity - The Unstable Boundaries of Kristeva's Polis (Paperback): Tina Chanter, Ewa Plonowska Ziarek Revolt, Affect, Collectivity - The Unstable Boundaries of Kristeva's Polis (Paperback)
Tina Chanter, Ewa Plonowska Ziarek
R678 Discovery Miles 6 780 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Naturalistic Fallacy (Hardcover): Neil Sinclair The Naturalistic Fallacy (Hardcover)
Neil Sinclair
R1,813 Discovery Miles 18 130 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

At the turn of the twentieth century, G. E. Moore contemptuously dismissed most previous 'ethical systems' for committing the 'Naturalistic Fallacy'. This fallacy - which has been variously understood, but has almost always been seen as something to avoid - was perhaps the greatest structuring force on subsequent ethical theorising. To a large extent, to understand the Fallacy is to understand contemporary ethics. This volume aims to provide that understanding. Its thematic chapters - written by a range of distinguished contributors - introduce the history, text and philosophy behind Moore's charge of fallacy and its supporting 'open question' argument. They detail how the fallacy influenced multiple traditions in ethics (including evolutionary, religious and naturalistic approaches), its connections to supposed dichotomies between 'is'/'ought' and facts/values, and its continuing relevance to our understanding of normativity. Together, the chapters provide a historical and opinionated introduction to contemporary ethics that will be essential for students, teachers and researchers.

Cartesian Poetics - The Art of Thinking (Hardcover): Andrea Gadberry Cartesian Poetics - The Art of Thinking (Hardcover)
Andrea Gadberry
R2,136 Discovery Miles 21 360 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

What is thinking? What does it feel like? What is it good for? Andrea Gadberry looks for answers to these questions in the philosophy of Rene Descartes and finds them in the philosopher's implicit poetics. Gadberry argues that Descartes's thought was crucially enabled by poetry and shows how markers of poetic genres from love lyric and elegy to the puzzling forms of the riddle and the anagram betray an impassioned negotiation with the difficulties of thought and its limits. Where others have seen Cartesian philosophy as a triumph of reason, Gadberry reveals that the philosopher accused of having "slashed poetry's throat" instead enlisted poetic form to contain thought's frustrations. Gadberry's approach to seventeenth-century writings poses questions urgent for the twenty-first. Bringing literature and philosophy into rich dialogue, Gadberry centers close reading as a method uniquely equipped to manage skepticism, tolerate critical ambivalence, and detect feeling in philosophy. Helping us read classic moments of philosophical argumentation in a new light, this elegant study also expands outward to redefine thinking in light of its poetic formations.

Jan Patocka - Philosophy and Selected Writings (Paperback): Erazim Kohak Jan Patocka - Philosophy and Selected Writings (Paperback)
Erazim Kohak
R1,173 Discovery Miles 11 730 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

One of the most important Central European philosophers of this century, Jan Patocka (1907-77) was a student and heir of Masaryk, Husserl, and Heidegger as well as a philosopher and historian of ideas in his own right. Patocka, who was forced to retire prematurely from Charles University in Prague for his political convictions, died of a brain hemorrhage while under Czech police interrogation for having signed the human rights manifesto Charta 77. Although many of his works are available in French and German, in this volume Erazim Kohak has translated Patocka's central philosophical texts into English for the first time. As a student and personal friend of Husserl, Patocka was keenly aware of the focal role of reason in the constitution of experienced reality. Simultaneously, as a student of Heidegger, he was no less aware of the irreducible autonomy of that reality. This double recognition led Patocka on a lifelong philosophical quest for a synthesis that would bridge modernity's split between the freedom of humans and the givenness of the world and, more broadly, between the Enlightenment and romanticism. For the philosophical reader, Patocka's perceptive writings provide the most helpful key to understanding the basic modern dialogue acted out by Husserl and Heidegger. Yet Patocka, widely respected for his writings on culture and the arts as well as for his studies of J. A. Comenius and the history of science, offers much more: a comprehensive attempt to come to terms with our intellectual heritage and our divided present. Kohak, as well as translating the writings, provides a comprehensive introduction, covering the full scope of Patocka's thought, and a complete bibliography of his writings. The result is an intellectually rich volume equally well suited as an introduction to Patocka, an advanced study in phenomenology, and a historical insight into philosophy behind the Iron Curtain since 1938.

Ethics - Subjectivity and Truth: Essential Works of Michel Foucault 1954-1984 (Paperback): Michel Foucault Ethics - Subjectivity and Truth: Essential Works of Michel Foucault 1954-1984 (Paperback)
Michel Foucault 1
R344 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R58 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

'A fabulous journey through thirty years of political and intellectual ferment ... will reorient our reading of Foucault's major works' Didier Eribon The Essential Works of Michel Foucault offers the definitive collection of his articles, interviews and seminars from across thirty years of his extraordinary career. This first volume, Ethics, contains the summaries of Foucault's renowned courses at the College de France, as well as key writings and candid interviews on ethical matters: from the role of the intellectual and philosopher in society to friendship, sexuality and the care of the self and others. Edited by Paul Rabinow Translated by Robert Hurley and Others

Late Modern Philosophy - Essential Readings with Commentary (Paperback): Elizabeth S. Radcliffe, Richard McCarty, Fritz... Late Modern Philosophy - Essential Readings with Commentary (Paperback)
Elizabeth S. Radcliffe, Richard McCarty, Fritz Allhoff, Anand Jayprakash Vaidya
R849 Discovery Miles 8 490 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Part of the "Blackwell Readings in the History of Philosophy" series, this survey of late modern philosophy focuses on the key texts and philosophers of the period whose beliefs changed the course of western thought.
Gathers together the key texts from the most significant and influential philosophers of the late modern era to provide a thorough introduction to the period.
Features the writings of Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Leibniz, Kant, Rousseau, Bentham and other leading thinkers.
Examines such topics as empiricism, rationalism, and the existence of God.
Readings are accompanied by expert commentary from the editors, who are leading scholars in the field.

Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, 2 (Paperback, New Ed): Walter Benjamin Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, 2 (Paperback, New Ed)
Walter Benjamin; Series edited by Michael W. Jennings, Howard Eiland, Gary Smith
R657 Discovery Miles 6 570 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

In the frenzied final years of the Weimar Republic, amid economic collapse and mounting political catastrophe, Walter Benjamin emerged as the most original practicing literary critic and public intellectual in the German-speaking world. Volume 2 of the "Selected Writings" is now available in paperback in two parts.

In Part 1, Benjamin is represented by two of his greatest literary essays, "Surrealism" and "On the Image of Proust," as well as by a long article on Goethe and a generous selection of his wide-ranging commentary for Weimar Germany's newspapers.

Part 2 contains, in addition to the important longer essays, "Franz Kafka," "Karl Kraus," and "The Author as Producer," the extended autobiographical meditation "A Berlin Chronicle," and extended discussions of the history of photography and the social situation of the French writer, previously untranslated shorter pieces on such subjects as language and memory, theological criticism and literary history, astrology and the newspaper, and on such influential figures as Paul Valery, Stefan George, Hitler, and Mickey Mouse.

The Rorty Reader (Paperback): Christopher J. Voparil, Richard J. Bernstein The Rorty Reader (Paperback)
Christopher J. Voparil, Richard J. Bernstein
R869 Discovery Miles 8 690 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The first comprehensive collection of the work of Richard Rorty(1931-2007), The Rorty Reader brings together the influentialAmerican philosopher s essential essays from over fourdecades of writings. * Offers a comprehensive introduction to Richard Rorty's life andbody of work * Brings key essays published across many volumes and journalsinto one collection, including selections from his final volume ofphilosophical papers, Philosophy as Cultural Politics (2007)) * Contains the previously unpublished (in English) essay, Redemption from Egotism * Includes in-depth interviews, and several revealingautobiographical pieces * Represents the fullest portrait available today onRorty s relationship with American pragmatism and thetrajectory of his thought

The Death Penalty, Volume I (Hardcover): Jacques Derrida The Death Penalty, Volume I (Hardcover)
Jacques Derrida; Translated by Peggy Kamuf
R861 Discovery Miles 8 610 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In this newest installment in Chicago's series of Jacques Derrida's seminars, the renowned philosopher attempts one of his most ambitious goals: the first truly philosophical argument against the death penalty. While much has been written against the death penalty, Derrida contends that Western philosophy is massively, if not always obviously, complicit with a logic in which a sovereign state has the right to take a life. Haunted by this notion, he turns to the key places where such logic has been established - and to the place it has been most effectively challenged: literature. With his signature genius and patient yet dazzling readings of an impressive breadth of texts, Derrida examines everything from the Bible to Plato to Camus to Jean Genet, with special attention to Kant and post-World War II juridical texts, to draw the landscape of death penalty discourses. Keeping clearly in view the death rows and execution chambers of the United States, he shows how arguments surrounding cruel and unusual punishment depend on what he calls an "anaesthesial logic," which has also driven the development of death penalty technology from the French guillotine to lethal injection. Confronting a demand for philosophical rigor, he pursues provocative analyses of the shortcomings of abolitionist discourse. Above all, he argues that the death penalty and its attendant technologies are products of a desire to put an end to one of the most fundamental qualities of our finite existence: the radical uncertainty of when we will die. Arriving at a critical juncture in history - especially in the United States, one of the last Christian-inspired democracies to resist abolition - The Death Penalty is both a timely response to an important ethical debate and a timeless addition to Derrida's esteemed body of work.

Italian Critical Thought - Genealogies and Categories (Paperback): Dario Gentili, Elettra Stimilli, Glenda Garelli Italian Critical Thought - Genealogies and Categories (Paperback)
Dario Gentili, Elettra Stimilli, Glenda Garelli
R785 Discovery Miles 7 850 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Italian philosophical and political thought has been receiving ever-growing attention in international debates. This has mainly been driven by the revival of the Italian neo- and post-Marxist tradition and of the Italian interpretation of French Theory, in particular of Foucault's biopolitics. So, is it now possible to speak of an 'Italian Theory' or an 'Italian difference' in the context of philosophical and political thought? This book collects together leading names in Italian critical thought to examine the significant contributions that they are giving to contemporary political debates. The first part of the book draws a possible genealogy of the so-called 'Italian Theory', questioning the possibility of grouping together many authors, and political and theoretical approaches which are often reciprocally in conflict. The second part of the book presents certain categories that have become characteristic of Italian Thought for their original interpretation and use by some of the authors recognized as part of the Italian Theory tradition, from biopolitics and political theology to crisis and immanence.

What is Called Thinking? (Paperback): Martin Heidegger What is Called Thinking? (Paperback)
Martin Heidegger; Translated by J.Glenn Gray
R315 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R48 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

"For an acquaintance with the thought of Heidegger, What Is Called Thinking? is as important as Being and Time. It is the only systematic presentation of the thinker's late philosophy and . . . it is perhaps the most exciting of his books."--Hannah Arendt

Before Tomorrow - Epigenesis and Rationality (Hardcover): Catherine Malabou Before Tomorrow - Epigenesis and Rationality (Hardcover)
Catherine Malabou; Translated by Carolyn Shread
R1,372 Discovery Miles 13 720 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Is contemporary continental philosophy making a break with Kant? The structures of knowledge, taken for granted since Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, are now being called into question: the finitude of the subject, the phenomenal given, a priori synthesis. Relinquish the transcendental: such is the imperative of postcritical thinking in the 21st century. Questions that we no longer thought it possible to ask now reemerge with renewed vigor: can Kant really maintain the difference between a priori and innate? Can he deduce, rather than impose, the categories, or justify the necessity of nature? Recent research into brain development aggravates these suspicions, which measure transcendental idealism against the thesis of a biological origin for cognitive processes. In her important new book Catherine Malabou lays out Kant's response to his posterity. True to its subject, the book evolves as an epigenesis the differentiated growth of the embryo for, as those who know how to read critical philosophy affirm, this is the very life of the transcendental and contains the promise of its transformation.

William James - Empiricism and Pragmatism (Paperback): David Lapoujade William James - Empiricism and Pragmatism (Paperback)
David Lapoujade; Translated by Thomas Lamarre
R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Originally published in French in 1997 and appearing here in English for the first time, David Lapoujade's William James: Empiricism and Pragmatism is both an accessible and rigorous introduction to James's thought and a pioneering rereading of it. Examining pragmatism's fundamental questions through a Deleuzian framework, Lapoujade outlines how James's pragmatism and radical empiricism encompass the study of experience and the making of reality, and he reopens the speculative side of pragmatist thought and the role of experience in it. The book includes an extensive afterword by translator Thomas Lamarre, who illustrates how James's interventions are becoming increasingly central to the contemporary debates about materialist ontology, affect, and epistemology that strive to bridge the gaps among science studies, media studies, and religious studies.

The Death Penalty, Volume II (Hardcover): Jacques Derrida The Death Penalty, Volume II (Hardcover)
Jacques Derrida; Translated by Elizabeth Rottenberg
R998 Discovery Miles 9 980 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In the first volume of his extraordinary analysis of the death penalty, Jacques Derrida began a journey toward an ambitious end: the first truly philosophical argument against the death penalty. Exploring an impressive breadth of thought, he traced a deeply entrenched logic throughout the whole of Western philosophy that has justified the state's right to take a life. He also marked literature as a crucial place where this logic has been most effectively challenged. In this second and final volume, Derrida builds on these analyses toward a definitive argument against capital punishment. Of central importance in this second volume is Kant's explicit justification of the death penalty in the Metaphysics of Morals. Thoroughly deconstructing Kant's position which holds the death penalty as exemplary of the eye-for-an-eye Talionic law Derrida exposes numerous damning contradictions and exceptions. Keeping the current death penalty in the United States in view, he further explores the "anesthesial logic" he analyzed in volume one, addressing the themes of cruelty and pain through texts by Robespierre and Freud, reading Heidegger, and in a fascinating, improvised final session the nineteenth-century Spanish Catholic thinker Donoso Cortes. Ultimately, Derrida shows that the rationality of the death penalty as represented by Kant involves an imposition of knowledge and calculability on a fundamental condition of non-knowledge that we don't otherwise know what or when our deaths will be. In this way, the death penalty acts out a phantasm of mastery over one's own death. Derrida's thoughts arrive at a particular moment in history: when the death penalty in the United States is the closest it has ever been to abolition, and yet when the arguments on all sides are as confused as ever. His powerful analysis will prove to be a paramount contribution to this debate as well as a lasting entry in his celebrated oeuvre.

Social Suffering - Sociology, Psychology, Politics (Hardcover): Emmanuel Renault Social Suffering - Sociology, Psychology, Politics (Hardcover)
Emmanuel Renault; Translated by Maude Dews
R2,677 Discovery Miles 26 770 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

There are various forms of suffering that are best described as social suffering, such as stress, harassment, experience of poverty and domination. Such suffering is a matter of social concern, but it is rarely a matter of discussion in the social sciences, political theory or philosophy. This book aims to change this by making social suffering central to an interdisciplinary critical theory of society. The author advances the various contemporary debates about social suffering, connecting their epistemological and political stakes. He provides tools for recasting these debates, constructs a consistent conception of social suffering, and thereby equips us with a better understanding of our social world, and more accurate models of social critique. The book contributes to contemporary debates about social suffering in sociology, social psychology, political theory and philosophy. Renault argues that social suffering should be taken seriously in social theory as well as in social critique and provides a systematic account of the ways in which social suffering could be conceptualised. He goes on to inquire into the political uses of references to social suffering, surveys contemporary controversies in the social sciences, and distinguishes between economical, socio-medical, sociological, and psychoanalytic approaches, before proposing an integrative model and discussing the implications for social critique. He claims that the notion of social suffering captures some of the most specific features of the contemporary social question and that the most appropriate approach to social suffering is that of an interdisciplinary critical theory of society.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple (Paperback): Seth Gillihan Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple (Paperback)
Seth Gillihan
R370 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R47 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Critical Margolis (Hardcover): Joseph Margolis The Critical Margolis (Hardcover)
Joseph Margolis; Edited by Russell Pryba; Preface by Russell Pryba
R2,158 Discovery Miles 21 580 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Ludwig Wittgenstein (Hardcover): Miles Hollingworth Ludwig Wittgenstein (Hardcover)
Miles Hollingworth
R705 Discovery Miles 7 050 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

After his intellectual biography of Saint Augustine of Hippo, Miles Hollingworth now turns his attention to one of Augustine's greatest modern admirers: The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein's influence on post-war philosophical investigation has been pervasive, while his eccentric personal life has entered folklore. Yet his religious mysticism has remained elusive and undisturbed. In Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hollingworth continues to pioneer a new kind of biographical writing. It stands at the intersection of philosophy, theology, and literary criticism, and is as much concerned with the secret agendas of life writing as it is with its subjects. Here, Wittgenstein is allowed to become the ultimate test case. From first to last, his philosophy sought to demonstrate that intellectual certainty is a function of the method it employs, rather than a knowledge of the existence or non-existence of its objectsa devastating insight that appears to make the natural and the supernatural into equally useless examples of each other. Scattered in every direction by this challenge to meaning, this biography attempts to retrieve itself around the spirit of the man who could say such things. This act of recovery thus performs what could not otherwise be explained, which is something like Wittgenstein's private conversation with God.

Dark Ecology - For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Hardcover): Timothy Morton Dark Ecology - For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Hardcover)
Timothy Morton
R651 R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Save R99 (15%) Ships in 1 work day

Timothy Morton argues that ecological awareness in the present Anthropocene era takes the form of a strange loop or Mobius strip, twisted to have only one side. Deckard travels this oedipal path in Blade Runner (1982) when he learns that he might be the enemy he has been ordered to pursue. Ecological awareness takes this shape because ecological phenomena have a loop form that is also fundamental to the structure of how things are. The logistics of agricultural society resulted in global warming and hardwired dangerous ideas about life-forms into the human mind. Dark ecology puts us in an uncanny position of radical self-knowledge, illuminating our place in the biosphere and our belonging to a species in a sense that is far less obvious than we like to think. Morton explores the logical foundations of the ecological crisis, which is suffused with the melancholy and negativity of coexistence yet evolving, as we explore its loop form, into something playful, anarchic, and comedic. His work is a skilled fusion of humanities and scientific scholarship, incorporating the theories and findings of philosophy, anthropology, literature, ecology, biology, and physics. Morton hopes to reestablish our ties to nonhuman beings and to help us rediscover the playfulness and joy that can brighten the dark, strange loop we traverse.

The Actuality of Walter Benjamin (Paperback, New edition): Laura Marcus, Lynda Nead The Actuality of Walter Benjamin (Paperback, New edition)
Laura Marcus, Lynda Nead; Laura Marcus, Lynda Nead
R440 Discovery Miles 4 400 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The boundaries of Walter Benjamin's work still resist classification and demarcation. His writings, including the best-known collection, Illuminations, remain an uneasy but thrilling combination of the actual and the mystical, of Marxism and the messianic utopianism.

This collection shows how extraordinarily substantial were the footholds which Benjamin supplied: Irving Wohlfarth takes up the troubling question of historical understanding versus historicism in his essay The Actuality of Walter Benjamin. Also included are essays on Benjamin and the sources of Judaism, feminism and cultural analysis, and images in Benjamin's novels and other writings.

Hope Now - The 1980 Interviews (Paperback, New edition): Jean-Paul Sartre Hope Now - The 1980 Interviews (Paperback, New edition)
Jean-Paul Sartre; Translated by Adrian Van den Hoven; Benny Levy; Introduction by Ronald Aronson
R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In March of 1980, just a month before Sartre's death, Le Nouvel Observateur published a series of interviews, the last ever given, between the blind and debilitated philosopher and his young assistant, Benny Levy. Some readers were scandalized and denounced the interviews as distorted, inauthentic, even fraudulent. They seemed to portray a Sartre who had abandoned his leftist convictions and rejected his most intimate friends, including Simone de Beauvoir. This man had cast aside his own fundamental beliefs in the primacy of individual consciousness, the inevitability of violence, and Marxism, embracing instead a messianic Judaism. No, Sartre's supporters argued, it was his interlocutor, the ex-radical, the recently converted orthodox Jew, who had twisted the words and thoughts of an ailing Sartre to his own ends. Or had he? Shortly before his death, Sartre confirmed the authenticity of the interviews and their puzzling content. Over the past fifteen years, it has become the task of Sartre scholars to unravel and understand them. Presented in this fresh, meticulous translation, the interviews are framed by two provocative essays by Benny Levy himself, accompanied by a comprehensive introduction from noted Sartre authority Ronald Aronson. Placing the interviews in proper biographical and philosophical perspective, Aronson demonstrates that the thought of both Sartre and Levy reveals multiple intentions that, taken together, confirm and add to Sartre's overall philosophy. This absorbing volume at last contextualizes and elucidates the final thoughts of a brilliant and influential mind.

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