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Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers
     

Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers

by Adrian Johnston
 

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Since Bacon, Gallileo and Descartes in the early 17th century, the relations between science and religion as well as mind and body have remained volatile fault lines of conflict. The controversies surrounding these relations are as alive and pressing now as at any point over the course of the past four centuries.

Adrian Johnston's transcendental materialism

Overview

Since Bacon, Gallileo and Descartes in the early 17th century, the relations between science and religion as well as mind and body have remained volatile fault lines of conflict. The controversies surrounding these relations are as alive and pressing now as at any point over the course of the past four centuries.

Adrian Johnston's transcendental materialism offers a new theoretical approach to these issues. Arming himself with resources provided by German idealism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, the life sciences and contemporary philosophical developments, Johnston formulates an account of subjectivity that, although being both materialist and naturalist, does full justice to human beings as irreducible to natural matter alone. At the same time he argues against relapses into idealisms, dualisms and spiritualisms.

Adventures in Transcendental Materialism elaborates Johnston's position through critical engagements with some of today's most important thinkers including Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, Catherine Malabou, Jean-Claude Milner, Martin Hägglund, William Connolly, and Jane Bennett.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748673285
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2014
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Johnston is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico and a faculty member at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute.

He is the author of Time Driven (2005), Zizek's Ontology (2008), Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations (2009), and Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, Volume One (2013), all published by Northwestern University Press. He is the co-author, with Catherine Malabou, of Self and Emotional Life (Columbia University Press, 2013).

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