Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity: Derrida, Levinas and Contemporary French Thought

Overview

In Ethics–Politics–Subjectivity, Simon Critchley takes up three questions at the centre of contemporary theoretical debate: What is ethical experience? What can be said of the subject who has this experience? What, if any, is the relation of ethical experience to politics? Through spirited confrontations with major thinkers, such as Lacan, Nancy, Rorty, and, in particular, Levinas and Derrida, Critchley finds answers in a nuanced “ethics of finitude” and defends the political possibilities of deconstruction. ...
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Overview

In Ethics–Politics–Subjectivity, Simon Critchley takes up three questions at the centre of contemporary theoretical debate: What is ethical experience? What can be said of the subject who has this experience? What, if any, is the relation of ethical experience to politics? Through spirited confrontations with major thinkers, such as Lacan, Nancy, Rorty, and, in particular, Levinas and Derrida, Critchley finds answers in a nuanced “ethics of finitude” and defends the political possibilities of deconstruction. Democracy, economics, friendship, and technology are all considered anew in Critchley’s bold excursions on the meaning and value of recent French philosophy.
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Cornel West
“Simon Critchley is the most powerful and provocative philosopher now writing about the complex relations of ethical subjectivity and reinvigorated democracy.”
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“Simon Critchley is the most powerful and provocative philosopher now writing about the complex relations of ethical subjectivity and reinvigorated democracy.”—Cornel West
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844673513
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Series: Radical Thinkers Series
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 1,463,949
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research, and a part-time professor of philosophy at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His many books include Infinitely Demanding, Ethics–Politics–Subjectivity and, most recently, The Book of Dead Philosophers.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Derrida's Reading of Hegel in Glas 1
2 Writing the Revolution: The Politics of Truth in Genet's Prisoner of Love 30
3 Post-Deconstructive Subjectivity? 51
4 Deconstruction and Pragmatism: Is Derrida a Private Ironist or a Public Liberal? 83
5 Metaphysics in the Dark: A Response to Richard Rorty and Ernesto Laclau 106
6 Black Socrates? Questioning the Philosophical Tradition 122
7 The Hypothesis, the Context, the Messianic, the Political, the Economic, the Technological: On Derrida's Spectres of Marx 143
8 The Original Traumatism: Levinas and Psychoanalysis 183
9 Das Ding: Lacan and Levinas 198
10 Comedy and Finitude: Displacing the Tragic-Heroic Paradigm in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis 217
11 With Being-With? Notes on Jean-Luc Nancy's Rewriting of Being and Time 239
12 The Other's Decision in Me (What Are the Politics of Friendship?) 254
Index 287
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