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Mallarme - Ranciere, Milner, Badiou (Hardcover): Robert Boncardo, Christian R. Gelder Mallarme - Ranciere, Milner, Badiou (Hardcover)
Robert Boncardo, Christian R. Gelder
R1,897 Discovery Miles 18 970 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

From the post-War writings of Sartre and Blanchot to the post-structuralism of Jacques Derrida and Julia Kristeva, French philosophers have consistently debated the poetry of Stephane Mallarme, almost as a rite of passage. Alain Badiou, Jean-Claude Milner and Jacques Ranciere - three of the most important philosophers alive today - are no exception, having written extensively about the poet since the 1960's and 70's up until today. This book contains a series of interviews with these three figures on Mallarme, as well as an extended introduction that places their thought on literature into dialogue. Speaking about their personal and philosophical relationships with each other, on methods of reading, on poetry and politics, and poetry and mathematics, each philosopher reflects on their life-long engagement with Mallarme, as well as on the different, often incommensurable, images of the poet their philosophies have generated. As Ranciere, Milner and Badiou point to the past importance and future directions Mallarme gives to thought, these interviews lend credence to Barthes' remark that "all we can do is repeat Mallarme - and it is good that we do so".

Commercium - Critical Theory From a Cosmopolitan Point of View (Paperback): Brian Milstein Commercium - Critical Theory From a Cosmopolitan Point of View (Paperback)
Brian Milstein; Preface by Nancy Fraser
R938 Discovery Miles 9 380 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a wealth of discussion and controversy about the idea of a 'postnational' or 'cosmopolitan' politics. But while there are many normative theories of cosmopolitanism, as well as some cosmopolitan theories of globalization, there has been little attempt to grapple systematically with fundamental questions of structure and action from a 'cosmopolitan point of view.' Drawing on Kant's cosmopolitan writings and Habermas's critical theory of society, Brian Milstein argues that, before we are members of nations or states, we are participants in a 'commercium' of global interaction who are able to negotiate for ourselves the terms on which we share the earth in common with one another. He marshals a broad range of literature from philosophy, sociology, and political science to show how the modern system of sovereign nation-states destructively constrains and distorts these relations of global interaction, leading to pathologies and crises in present-day world society.

Pragmatism (Hardcover): William James Pragmatism (Hardcover)
William James
R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Ethics - Translated by R. H. M. Elwes, with Commentary & Biography of Spinoza by J. Ratner (Aziloth Books). (Paperback):... The Ethics - Translated by R. H. M. Elwes, with Commentary & Biography of Spinoza by J. Ratner (Aziloth Books). (Paperback)
Benedict de Spinoza; Translated by R.H.M. Elwes; Contributions by Joseph Rather
R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Feminine Subject (Paperback): Susan J. Hekman The Feminine Subject (Paperback)
Susan J. Hekman
R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In 1949 Simone de Beauvoir asked, "What does it mean to be a woman?" Her answer to that question inaugurated a radical transformation of the meaning of "woman" that defined the direction of subsequent feminist theory. What Beauvoir discovered is that it is impossible to define "woman" as an equal human being in our philosophical and political tradition. Her effort to redefine "woman" outside these parameters set feminist theory on a path of radical transformation. The feminist theorists who wrote in the wake of Beauvoir's work followed that path. Susan Hekman's original and highly engaging new book traces the evolution of "woman" from Beauvoir to the present. In a comprehensive synthesis of a number of feminist theorists she covers French feminist thinkers Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous as well as theorists such as Carol Gilligan, Carole Pateman and Judith Butler. The book examines the relational self, feminist liberalism and Marxism, as well as feminist theories of race and ethnicity, radical feminism, postmodern feminism and material feminism. Hekman argues that the effort to redefine "woman" in the course of feminist theory is a cumulative process in which each approach builds on that which has gone before. Although they have approached "woman" from different perspectives, feminist theorists has moved beyond the negative definition of our tradition to a new concept that continues to evolve. The Feminine Subject is a remarkably succinct yet wide-ranging analysis which will appeal to all feminist scholars and students as well as anyone interested in the changing nature of feminism since the 1950s.

The Henri Meschonnic Reader - A Poetics of Society (Paperback): Henri Meschonnic The Henri Meschonnic Reader - A Poetics of Society (Paperback)
Henri Meschonnic; Edited by Marko Pajevic; Translated by Pier-Pascale Boulanger, Andrew Eastman, John E. Joseph, …
R661 R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Save R70 (11%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Henri Meschonnic was a linguist, poet, translator of the Bible and one of the most original French thinkers of his generation. He strove throughout his career to reform the understanding of language and all that depends on it. His work has had a shaping influence on a generation of scholars and here, for the first time, a selection of these are made available in English for a new generation of linguists and philosophers of language. This Reader, featuring sixteen texts covering the core concepts and topics of Meschonnic's theory, will enrich, enhance and challenge your understanding of language. It explores his key ideas on poetics, the poem, rhythm, discourse and his critique of the sign. Meschonnic's vast oeuvre was continuously preoccupied with the question of a poetics of society; he constantly connected the theory of language to its practice in various fields and interrogated what that means for society. In exploring this fundamental question, this book is central to the study and philosophy of language, with rich repercussions in fields such as translation studies, poetics and literary studies, and in redefining notions such as rhythm, modernity, the poem and the subject.

Character and Person (Paperback): John Frow Character and Person (Paperback)
John Frow
R916 Discovery Miles 9 160 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Fictional character is an ontologically ambivalent category - at once a formal construct and a quasi-person - which lies at the heart of the life of textual fictions of all kinds. Character and Person explores that ambivalence by investigating not only the kinds of thing that character is but how it works to engage readers and the range of typologies through which it has been constructed in very different periods, media, and genres. John Frow seeks to explore the ways in which character is person-like, and through that the question of what it means to be a social person. His focus is thus on the interaction between its two major categories, and its method involves a constant play back and forth between them: from philosophical theories of face to an account of the mask in the New Comedy; from an exploration of medieval beliefs about the body's existence in the afterlife to a reading of Dante's Purgatorio; from the history of humoral medicine to the figure of the melancholic in Jacobean drama; and from Proust and Pessoa to cognitive science. What develops from this methodological commitment to fusing the categories of character and person is an extended analysis of the schemata that underpin each of them in their distinct but mutually constitutive spheres of operation.

Unhoused - Adorno and the Problem of Dwelling (Paperback): Matt Waggoner Unhoused - Adorno and the Problem of Dwelling (Paperback)
Matt Waggoner
R390 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R45 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Unhoused: Adorno and the Problem of Dwelling is the first book-length study of Theodor Adorno as a philosopher of housing. Treating his own experience of exile as emblematic of late modern life, Adorno observed that twentieth-century dwelling had been rendered "impossible" by nativism, by the decimations of war, and, in the postwar period, by housing's increasingly thorough assimilation into private property. Adorno's position on the meaning and prospects for adequate dwelling-a concept he never wrote about systematically but nevertheless returned to frequently-was not that some invulnerable state of home or dwelling should be revived. Rather, Adorno believed that the only responsible approach to housing was to cultivate an ethic of displacement, to learn "how not to be at home in one's home." Unhoused tracks four figurations of troubled dwelling in Adorno's texts-homelessness, no man's lands, the nature theater, and the ironic property relation-and reads them as timely interventions and challenges for today's architecture, housing, and senses of belonging. Entangled as we are in juridical and financial frameworks that adhere to a very different logic, these figurations ask what it means to organize, design, build, and cohabit in ways that enliven non-exclusive relations to ourselves, others, objects, and place.

Poetics of History - Rousseau and the Theater of Originary Mimesis (Paperback): Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe Poetics of History - Rousseau and the Theater of Originary Mimesis (Paperback)
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; Translated by Jeff Fort
R563 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R57 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Rousseau's opposition to the theater is well known: Far from purging the passions, it serves only to exacerbate them, and to render them hypocritical. But is it possible that Rousseau's texts reveal a different conception of theatrical imitation, a more originary form of mimesis? Over and against Heidegger's dismissal of Rousseau in the 1930s, and in the wake of classic readings by Jacques Derrida and Jean Starobinski, Lacoue-Labarthe asserts the deeply philosophical importance of Rousseau as a thinker who, without formalizing it as such, established a dialectical logic that would determine the future of philosophy: an originary theatricality arising from a dialectic between "nature" and its supplements. Beginning with a reading of Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality, Lacoue-Labarthe brings out this dialectic in properly philosophical terms, revealing nothing less than a transcendental thinking of origins. For Rousseau, the origin has the form of a "scene"-that is, of theater. On this basis, Rousseau's texts on the theater, especially the Letter to d'Alembert, emerge as an incisive interrogation of Aristotle's Poetics. This can be read not in the false and conventional interpretation of this text that Rousseau had inherited, but rather in relation to its fundamental concepts, mimesis and katharsis, and in Rousseau's interpretation of Greek theater itself. If for Rousseau mimesis is originary, a transcendental structure, katharsis is in turn the basis of a dialectical movement, an Aufhebung that will translate the word itself (for, as Lacoue-Labarthe reminds us, Aufheben translates katharein). By reversing the facilities of the Platonic critique, Rousseau inaugurates what we could call the philosophical theater of the future.

Essays and Reviews - 1959-2002 (Paperback): Bernard Williams Essays and Reviews - 1959-2002 (Paperback)
Bernard Williams; Foreword by Michael Wood
R593 R472 Discovery Miles 4 720 Save R121 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Bernard Williams was one of the most important philosophers of the past fifty years, but he was also a distinguished critic and essayist with an elegant style and a rare ability to communicate complex ideas to a wide public. This is the first collection of Williams's popular essays and reviews. Williams writes about a broad range of subjects, from philosophy to science, the humanities, economics, feminism, and pornography. Included are reviews of major books such as John Rawls's Theory of Justice, Richard Rorty's Consequences of Pragmatism, and Martha Nussbaum's Therapy of Desire. But many of these essays extend beyond philosophy, providing an intellectual tour through the past half century, from C. S. Lewis to Noam Chomsky. No matter the subject, readers see a first-class mind grappling with landmark books in "real time," before critical consensus had formed and ossified.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche - The Philosopher of the Second Reich (Paperback): William H. F. Altman Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche - The Philosopher of the Second Reich (Paperback)
William H. F. Altman
R1,094 Discovery Miles 10 940 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

When careful consideration is given to Nietzsche's critique of Platonism and to what he wrote about Bismarck, Kaiser Wilhelm, and to Germany's place in "international relations" (die Grosse Politik), the philosopher's carefully cultivated "pose of untimeliness" is revealed to be an imposture. As William H. F. Altman demonstrates, Nietzsche should be recognized as the paradigmatic philosopher of the Second Reich, the short-lived and equally complex German Empire that vanished in World War One. Since Nietzsche is a brilliant stylist whose seemingly disconnected aphorisms have made him notoriously difficult for scholars to analyze, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche is presented in Nietzsche's own style in a series of 155 brief sections arranged in five discrete "Books," a structure modeled on Daybreak. All of Nietzsche's books are considered in the context of the close and revealing relationship between "Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche" (named by his patriotic father after the King of Prussia) and the Second Reich. In "Preface to 'A German Trilogy,'" Altman joins this book to two others already published by Lexington Books: Martin Heidegger and the First World War: Being and Time as Funeral Oration and The German Stranger: Leo Strauss and National Socialism.

Derridada - Duchamp as Readymade Deconstruction (Paperback): Thomas Deane Tucker Derridada - Duchamp as Readymade Deconstruction (Paperback)
Thomas Deane Tucker
R849 Discovery Miles 8 490 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Jacques Derrida said that deconstruction 'takes place everywhere.' Derridada reexamines the work of artist Marcel Duchamp as one of these places. Tucker suggests that Duchamp belongs to deconstruction as much as deconstruction belongs to Duchamp. Both bear the infra-thin mark of the other. He explores these marks through the themes of time and diffZrance, language and the readymade, and the construction of self-identity through art. This book will be of interest to students and scholars interested in Modernism and the avant-garde. It will be useful for undergraduate students of art history, modernism, and critical theory, as well as for graduate students of philosophy, visual culture studies, and art theory.

The Foucault Reader (Paperback): Michel Foucault The Foucault Reader (Paperback)
Michel Foucault 1
R344 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

'The most innovative and influential French thinker of the contemporary era' Guardian This is the ideal introduction to one of the most significant and radical philosophers of the past century. It includes detailed excerpts from all of Foucault's major works, including Discipline and Punish and The History of Sexuality, as well as many of his most revealing interviews, covering subjects from madness to desire, art to the nature of truth. No other writer has made us think more about the structures of power and control in our society, both past and present. 'Scarcely any philosopher working on the history of philosophy or historian working on the history of institutions, social science or sexuality can avoid confronting the challenge of Foucault's books' Michael Ignatieff Edited by Paul Rabinow

Richard Rorty (Paperback, New): Neil Gascoigne Richard Rorty (Paperback, New)
Neil Gascoigne
R472 Discovery Miles 4 720 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Neil Gascoigne provides the first comprehensive introduction Richard Rorty's work. He demonstrates to the general reader and to the student of philosophy alike how the radical views on truth, objectivity and rationality expressed in Rorty's widely-read essays on contemporary culture and politics derive from his earliest work in the philosophy of mind and language. He avoids the partisanship that characterizes much discussion of Rorty's work whilst providing a critical account of some of the dominant concerns of contemporary thought.
Beginning with Rorty's early work on concept-change in the philosophy of mind, the book traces his increasing hostility to the idea that philosophy is cognitively privileged with respect to other disciplines. After the publication of Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, this led to a new emphasis on preserving the moral and political inheritance of the enlightenment by detaching it from the traditional search for rational foundations. This emerging project led Rorty to champion 'ironic' thinkers like Foucault and Derrida, and to his attempt to update the liberalism of J. S. Mill by offering a non-universalistic account of the individual's need to balance their own private interests against their commitments to others.
By returning him to his philosophical roots, Gascoigne shows why Rorty's pragmatism is of continuing relevance to anyone interested in ongoing debates about the nature and limits of philosophy, and the implications these debates have for our understanding of what role the intellectual might play in contemporary life. This book serves as both an excellent introduction to Rorty's work and an innovative critique which contributes to ongoing debates in the field.

The Opacity of Narrative (Paperback, New): Peter Lamarque The Opacity of Narrative (Paperback, New)
Peter Lamarque
R860 Discovery Miles 8 600 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

What is narrative? What is distinctive about the great literary narratives? In virtue of what is a narrative fictional or non-fictional? In this important new book Peter Lamarque, one of the leading philosophers of literature at work today, explores these and related questions to bring new clarity and insight to debates about narrative in philosophy, critical theory, and narratology. He highlights 'opacity' as a feature of literary narratives and examines the implications for our understanding of fictional worlds and fictional characters. Throughout he challenges received views about narrative, questioning the indispensability of narrative in an individual's self-conception and the importance of both truth and emotion as measures of literary greatness. He reflects on the 'non-fiction' novel arguing that it does not weaken the distinction between fiction and no-fiction. The book offers a compelling and original account of these and other issues, making a critical contribution to topical and wide-ranging debates.

Defense for Marx. A New Interpretation of Marxist Philosophy (Paperback): Yang Geng Defense for Marx. A New Interpretation of Marxist Philosophy (Paperback)
Yang Geng; Edited by Cem Kizilcec; Translated by Chenghu Zhou
R772 R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Save R122 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

A monograph by the Chinese academia expounding on basic opinions of Marxist philosophy, evealing the ignored or forgotten views by the classical textbook system of Marxist philosophy and ystematically demonstrating the opinions that Marx has ever expounded but not sufficiently developed with the view of practical philosophy; meanwhile coinciding with major contemporary issues in order to upgrade them into the basic opinions of Marxist philosophy and highlighting the modernity and contemporary significance of Marxist philosophy and comparison with postmodern thought. Focusing on the studies of the basic features and opinions of Marxist philosophy, the first part puts Marxist philosophy into the grand theoretical backgrounds of history of western philosophy and modern western philosophy, including postmodernism, to explore anew its theme, system features and contemporary significance. Part Two reinvestigates the historical process and thinking logic of Marx in founding historical materialism, explores the evolution of the ontology of Marxist philosophy after Marx, and analyzes, from Marx's point of view, the western philosophy of history, methods of western social science, postmodernism, post-colonialism, and the thought changes of Husserl and Derrida, with a view to highlighting the contemporary significance of Marxist philosophy.

Russell: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): A C Grayling Russell: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
A C Grayling
R234 R194 Discovery Miles 1 940 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) is one of the most famous and important philosophers of the twentieth century. In this account of his life and work A. C. Grayling introduces both his technical contributions to logic and philosophy, and his wide-ranging views on education, politics, war, and sexual morality.

Another white Man's Burden - Josiah Royce's Quest for a Philosophy of white Racial Empire (Paperback): Tommy J. Curry Another white Man's Burden - Josiah Royce's Quest for a Philosophy of white Racial Empire (Paperback)
Tommy J. Curry
R678 Discovery Miles 6 780 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Cultural Writings of Franz Rosenzweig (Hardcover): Barbara E. Galli Cultural Writings of Franz Rosenzweig (Hardcover)
Barbara E. Galli; Barbara E. Galli
R978 Discovery Miles 9 780 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

A rare collection of Rosenzweig's influential work on literary figures, publishers, and music, including Viktor von Weizsacker's 1930 essay. A Commemorating Writing.

Published here in English for the first time, these essays offer a glimpse into the cultural and social dimensions of Franz Rosenzweig's thought -- an aspect of his philosophy that has too often been ignored by an overemphasis on his status as a religious thinker.

Barbara E. Gaili provides a broader context for Rosenzweig's concepts, especially his orientation in the modern world and concerns regarding modernity and technological developments. Galli's overriding theme of Rosenzweig and the modern world bridges his philosophical perspective on pagans, Christians, and Jews with his views of Moses, Mendelssohn, the cultural significance of Lessing, the writing of Stefan George, and even the modern phenomenon of the concert hall as recorded on the phonograph.

As Galli explicates Rosenzweig's cultural musings, devotees of Rosenzweig will find new and refreshing approaches to his philosophical writings.

Ricoeur and Castoriadis in Discussion - On Human Creation, Historical Novelty, and the Social Imaginary (Paperback): Suzi Adams Ricoeur and Castoriadis in Discussion - On Human Creation, Historical Novelty, and the Social Imaginary (Paperback)
Suzi Adams
R835 Discovery Miles 8 350 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This book features a highly significant discussion between Paul Ricoeur and Cornelius Castoriadis. Recorded for Radio France (Culture) in 1985, it is the only known encounter between these two great philosophers of the imagination. Their wide ranging conversation covers such themes as the productive imagination, human creation, social imaginaries, and the possibility of historical novelty; it reveals points of surprising commonality as well as divergence in their approaches. The dialogue is supplemented by critical essays by specialist scholars in Castoriadis and Ricoeur studies, and includes contributions from Johann P. Arnason, George H. Taylor, Francois Dosse, Johann Michel, Jean-Luc Amalric, and Suzi Adams. The book is a must read for all scholars interested in Ricoeur and Castoriadis studies, as well as those interested in debates on the possibilities and limits of human creation, and the importance of the imagination for social change.

The Place of Michael Oakeshott in Contemporary Western and Non-Western Thought (Paperback): Noel O'Sullivan The Place of Michael Oakeshott in Contemporary Western and Non-Western Thought (Paperback)
Noel O'Sullivan
R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Human Existence and Transcendence (Hardcover, annotated edition): Jean Wahl Human Existence and Transcendence (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Jean Wahl; Edited by William C Hackett
R859 R760 Discovery Miles 7 600 Save R99 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

William C. Hackett's English translation of Jean Wahl's Existence humaine et transcendence (1944) brings back to life an all-but-forgotten book that provocatively explores the philosophical concept of transcendence. Based on what Emmanuel Levinas called "Wahl's famous lecture" from 1937, Existence humaine et transcendence captured a watershed moment of European philosophy. Included in the book are Wahl's remarkable original lecture and the debate that ensued, with significant contributions by Gabriel Marcel and Nicolai Berdyaev, as well as letters submitted on the occasion by Heidegger, Levinas, Jaspers, and other famous figures from that era. Concerned above all with the ineradicable felt value of human experience by which any philosophical thesis is measured, Wahl makes a daring clarification of the concept of transcendence and explores its repercussions through a masterly appeal to many (often surprising) places within the entire history of Western thought. Apart from its intrinsic philosophical significance as a discussion of the concepts of being, the absolute, and transcendence, Wahl's work is valuable insofar as it became a focal point for a great many other European intellectuals. Hackett has provided an annotated introduction to orient readers to this influential work of twentieth-century French philosophy and to one of its key figures.

Agamben's Coming Philosophy - Finding a New Use for Theology (Hardcover): Colby Dickinson, Adam Kotsko Agamben's Coming Philosophy - Finding a New Use for Theology (Hardcover)
Colby Dickinson, Adam Kotsko
R2,732 Discovery Miles 27 320 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

One of the many challenges for readers of Agamben's sprawling and heterogeneous body of work is what to make of his increasingly insistent focus on theology. Agamben's Coming Philosophy brings together Colby Dickinson, the author of Agamben and Theology, and Adam Kotsko, the translator of several of Agamben's more recent theologically-oriented books, to discuss Agamben's unique approach to theology-and its profound implications for understanding Agamben's philosophical project and the deepest political and ethical problems of our time. The book covers the whole range of Agamben's work, from his earliest reflections to his forthcoming magnum opus, The Use of Bodies. Along the way, the authors provide an overview of Agamben's project as a whole, as well as incisive reflections on individual works and isolated themes. This volume is essential reading for anyone grappling with Agamben's work. The theological starting point leads to a thorough examination of Agamben's methodology, his relationship with his primary sources (most notably Walter Benjamin), and his relevance for questions of politics, ethics, and philosophy.

Benjamin on Fashion (Paperback): Philipp Ekardt Benjamin on Fashion (Paperback)
Philipp Ekardt
R1,024 Discovery Miles 10 240 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Benjamin on Fashion reconstructs and redefines Walter Benjamin's complex, fragmentary and yet influential fashion theory that he developed in the Arcades Project (1927-1940) and beyond, while situating it within the environment from which it emerged - 1930s Parisian couture. In this insightful new book, Philipp Ekardt brings Benjamin into discussion with a number of important, but frequently overlooked sources. Amongst many others, these include the German fashion critic Helen Grund, who introduced him to the contemporary fashion scene; Georg Simmel's fashion sociology; Henri Focillon's morphological art history; designs by Elsa Schiaparelli and Madeleine Vionnet; films by L'Herbier and others starring Mae West; and the photography of George Hoyningen-Huene and Man Ray. In doing so, Ekardt demonstrates how fashion and silhouettes became grounded in sex; how an ideal of the elegant animation of matter was pitted against the concept of an obdurate fashion form; and how Benjamin's idea of 'fashion's tiger's leap into the past' paralleled the return of 1930s couture to the depths of (fashion) history. The use of such relevant sources makes this crucial for understanding Benjamin both as a thinker and a cultural theorist.

On Escape - De l'evasion (Paperback): Emmanuel Levinas On Escape - De l'evasion (Paperback)
Emmanuel Levinas; Translated by Bettina Bergo; Introduction by Jacques Rolland
R435 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R61 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

First published in 1935, "On Escape" represents Emmanuel Levinas's first attempt to break with the ontological obsession of the Western tradition. In it, Levinas not only affirms the necessity of an escape from being, but also gives a meaning and a direction to it. Beginning with an analysis of need not as lack or some external limit to a self-sufficient being, but as a positive relation to our being, Levinas moves through a series of brilliant phenomenological analyses of such phenomena as pleasure, shame, and nausea in order to show a fundamental insufficiency in the human condition.
In his critical introduction and annotation, Jacques Rolland places "On Escape" in its historical and intellectual context, and also within the context of Levinas's entire oeuvre, explaining Levinas's complicated relation to Heidegger, and underscoring the way Levinas's analysis of "being riveted," of the need for escape, is a meditation on the body.

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