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Walter Benjamin's Philosophy: Destruction and Experience

Walter Benjamin's Philosophy: Destruction and Experience

Andrew Benjamin, Peter Osborne
October 25, 2013

This collection explores, in Adorno's description, `philosophy directed against philosophy'. The essays cover all aspects of Benjamin's writings, from his early work in the philosophy of art and language, through to the concept of history. The experience of time and the destruction of false...

Very Little ... Almost Nothing: Death, Philosophy and Literature

Very Little ... Almost Nothing: Death, Philosophy and Literature

Simon Critchley
May 20, 2004

Very Little ... Almost Nothing puts the question of the meaning of life back at the centre of intellectual debate. Its central concern is how we can find a meaning to human finitude without recourse to anything that transcends that finitude. A profound but secular meditation on the theme of death,...

Critique of Violence: Between Poststructuralism and Critical Theory

Critique of Violence: Between Poststructuralism and Critical Theory

Beatrice Hanssen
August 03, 2000

Critique of Violence is a highly original and lucid investigation of the heated controversy between poststructuralism and critical theory. Leading theorist Beatrice Hanssen uses Walter Benjamin's essay 'Critique of Violence' as a guide to analyse the contentious debate, shifting the emphasis from...

Interrupting Derrida

Interrupting Derrida

Geoffrey Bennington
April 20, 2000

One of the most significant contemporary thinkers in continental philosophy, Jacques Derrida’s work continues to attract heated commentary among philosophers, literary critics, social and cultural theorists, architects and artists. This major new work by world renowned Derrida scholar and...

Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood

Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood

Adriana Cavarero
February 17, 2000

Relating Narratives is a major new work by the philosopher and feminist thinker Adriana Cavarero. First published in Italian to widespread acclaim, Relating Narratives is a fascinating and challenging new account of the relationship between selfhood and narration. Drawing a diverse array of...

Kant Trouble: Obscurities of the Enlightened

Kant Trouble: Obscurities of the Enlightened

Diane Morgan
February 10, 2000

Kant Trouble offers a highly original and incisive reading of some of the lesser known aspects of Kantian thought. Throughout Morgan challenges the widely held view of Kant as the exponent of concrete and rigid rationality and argues that his airtight 'architectonic' mode of reasoning overlooks...

Philosophy and Tragedy

Philosophy and Tragedy

Simon Sparks, Miguel de Beistegui
December 16, 1999

From Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Poetics to Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy, the theme of tragedy has been subject to radically conflicting philosophical interpretations. Despite being at the heart of philosophical debate from Ancient Greece to the Nineteenth Century, however, tragedy has yet...

The Hypocritical Imagination: Between Kant and Levinas

The Hypocritical Imagination: Between Kant and Levinas

John Llewellyn
September 23, 1999

For philosophers such as Kant, the imagination is the starting point for all thought. For others, such as Wittgenstein, what is important is only how the word 'imagination' is used. In spite of the attention the imagination has received from major philosophers, remarkably little has been written...

Essays on Otherness

Essays on Otherness

Jean Laplanche, John Fletcher
December 10, 1998

Since the death of Jacques Lacan, Jean Laplanche is now considered to be one of the worlds foremost psychoanalytic thinkers. In spite of the influence of his work over the last thirty years, remarkably little has been available in English. Essays On Otherness presents for the first time in English...

Hegel After Derrida

Hegel After Derrida

Stuart Barnett
February 26, 1998

Hegel After Derrida provides a much needed insight not only into the importance of Hegel and the importance of Derrida's work on Hegel, but also the very foundations of postmodern and deconstructionist thought. It will be essential reading for all those engaging with the work of Derrida and Hegel...

Textures of Light: Vision and Touch in Irigaray, Levinas and Merleau Ponty

Textures of Light: Vision and Touch in Irigaray, Levinas and Merleau Ponty

Cathryn Vasseleu
February 05, 1998

Textures of Light draws on the work of Luce Irigaray, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Emmanuel Levinas to present an outstanding and ground breaking study of the vital importance of light in Western thought. Since Plato's allegory of the cave, light and the role of sight have been accorded a unique...

Blanchot: Extreme Contemporary

Blanchot: Extreme Contemporary

Leslie Hill
July 03, 1997

Blanchot provides a compelling insight into one of the key figures in the development of postmodern thought. Although Blanchot's work is characterised by a fragmentary and complex style, Leslie Hill introduces clearly and accessibly the key themes in his work. He shows how Blanchot questions the...

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