Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy

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Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy elaborates the basic project of contemporary continental philosophy, which culminates in a movement toward the outside. Leonard Lawlor interprets key texts by major figures in the continental tradition, including Bergson, Foucault, Freud, Heidegger, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty, to develop the broad sweep of the aims of continental philosophy. Lawlor discusses major theoretical trends in the work of these philosophers—immanence, difference, multiplicity, and the ...

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Overview

Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy elaborates the basic project of contemporary continental philosophy, which culminates in a movement toward the outside. Leonard Lawlor interprets key texts by major figures in the continental tradition, including Bergson, Foucault, Freud, Heidegger, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty, to develop the broad sweep of the aims of continental philosophy. Lawlor discusses major theoretical trends in the work of these philosophers—immanence, difference, multiplicity, and the overcoming of metaphysics. His conception of continental philosophy as a unified project enables Lawlor to think beyond its European origins and envision a global sphere of philosophical inquiry that will revitalize the field.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"Textual summaries are clear, and interpretations are fresh and compelling. Helpful bibliography and index.... Recommended." —Choice

Michael Naas

"Well conceived and well argued... eminently useful and important." —Michael Naas, DePaul University

Stephen H. Watson

"Leonard Lawlor has proven himself to be one of the most imaginative and original interpreters of French philosophy." —Stephen H. Watson, University of Notre Dame

James Risser

"Well researched and credible in its sweep through the various philosophical projects it considers." —James Risser, Seattle University

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Overall, this is an outstanding book that will serve as a fine supplement (and guide) to important primary texts in early twentieth-century continental philosophy. However, it will also be of great interest to scholars in this area due to the tendentious reframing agenda and the copious scholarly notes that append each chapter. This book would serve as an interesting supplemental text for a course on continental thought and is a valuable resource for any university library." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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"Overall, this is an outstanding book that will serve as a fine supplement (and guide) to important primary texts in early twentieth-century continental philosophy. However, it will also be of great interest to scholars in this area due to the tendentious reframing agenda and the copious scholarly notes that append each chapter. This book would serve as an interesting supplemental text for a course on continental thought and is a valuable resource for any university library." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Textual summaries are clear, and interpretations are fresh and compelling. Helpful bibliography and index.... Recommended." —Choice

Choice

"Textual summaries are clear, and interpretations are fresh and compelling. Helpful bibliography and index.... Recommended." —Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253223722
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Series: Studies in Continental Thought Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Lawlor is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. He is author of Derrida and Husserl (IUP, 2002) and Thinking through French Philosophy (IUP, 2003).

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Four Conceptual Features
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction: Structure and Genesis of Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy

1. Thinking beyond Platonism: Bergson’s "Introduction to Metaphysics" (1903)
2. Schizophrenic Thought: Freud’s "The Unconscious" (1915)
3. Consciousness as Distance: Husserl’s "Phenomenology" (the 1929 Encyclopedia Britannica Entry)
4. The Thought of the Nothing: Heidegger’s "What is Metaphysics?" (1929)
5. Dwelling in the Speaking of Language: Heidegger’s "Language" (1950)
6. Dwelling in the Texture of the Visible: Merleau-Ponty’s "Eye and Mind" (1961)
7. Enveloped in a Nameless Voice: Foucault’s "The Thought of the Outside" (1966)

Conclusion: Further Questions
Appendix 1: Note on the Idea of Immanence
Appendix 2: What is a Trait?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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