Inheriting the Future: Legacies of Kant, Freud, and Flaubert

Inheriting the Future: Legacies of Kant, Freud, and Flaubert

by Elizabeth Rottenberg
     
 

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This work examines Kant's late treatment of morality and its 20th century extensions in the writings of Flaubert and Freud. For Rottenberg (philosophy, DePaul U.), all three writers treatments of morality are bound up in the problem of legacy and its implications of decision and responsibility. He looks at Kant's distinction between an external object of choice and an…  See more details below

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This work examines Kant's late treatment of morality and its 20th century extensions in the writings of Flaubert and Freud. For Rottenberg (philosophy, DePaul U.), all three writers treatments of morality are bound up in the problem of legacy and its implications of decision and responsibility. He looks at Kant's distinction between an external object of choice and an external object of respect that "possesses" a dignity that lies beyond the concept of ownership but conditions the possibility of moral action. Freud's ideas about obsessional neurosis as a neurosis where those affected are possessed with a force of super-moral obligation are then examined. Finally the posthumous work of Flaubert is examined in terms of "a narrative temporality that forces us onward, indefinitely, relentlessly, in the name of "sameness." Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"Such brilliant and original work is rare. Rottenberg demonstrates remarkable skills as a close reader, as a philosophical thinker, and as a scholar. Her extensive experience as a translator of difficult philosophical texts gives her a particularly fine-tuned sensitivity to the linguistic complexities of the languages with which she works. The book provides an unusual example of the finest comparatist work in the humanities and attests to the remarkable illumination that true interdisciplinary work can provide. This book will appeal to scholars of literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis; to literary critics and theorists; and to teachers who will use it for teaching all three of the authors as well as literary criticism and theory." —Shoshana Felman,Yale University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804751148
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
05/25/2005
Series:
Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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Elizabeth Rottenberg is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is the editor and translator of Negotiations: Interventions and Interviews, 1971-2001 by Jacques Derrida (Stanford, 2001) and the translator of Friendship by Maurice Blanchot (Stanford University Press, 1997).

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