Inscriptions: After Phenomenology and Structuralism

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Positioning itself within the Continental tradition, Inscriptions is an interwoven set of investigations into the differences between phenomenology and structuralism, and a cohesive and thoroughgoing inquiry into the contemporary status of Continental philosophy.

In Inscriptions, Hugh J. Silverman investigates two divergent yet related philosophical movements: phenomenology from the later Husserl through Sartre and Heidegger to Merleau-Ponty, and structuralism from de Saussure ...

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Overview


Positioning itself within the Continental tradition, Inscriptions is an interwoven set of investigations into the differences between phenomenology and structuralism, and a cohesive and thoroughgoing inquiry into the contemporary status of Continental philosophy.

In Inscriptions, Hugh J. Silverman investigates two divergent yet related philosophical movements: phenomenology from the later Husserl through Sartre and Heidegger to Merleau-Ponty, and structuralism from de Saussure through Levi-Strauss and Lacan to Barthes. This reading of the tradition culminates in an assessment of Derrida and Foucault. From this foundation, Silverman moves beyond structuralism and phenomenology, and develops his own philosophical position in the context of semiotics, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. A new preface by the author updates this classic text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810114968
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/1997
  • Series: SPEP Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Silverman is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is also Executive Director of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1997 edition
Preface: inscribing the place between
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Continental philosophy in America 1
I Phenomenology 11
1 The self in Husserl's Crisis 13
2 Dasein and existential ambiguity 29
3 The identity of difference 44
4 Thinking and being: the essential relation 52
5 Merleau-Ponty's human ambiguity 63
II And Structuralism 93
6 Merleau-Ponty on Language and communication 95
7 Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger: interpreting Hegel 108
8 Re-reading Merleau-Ponty 123
9 Merleau-Ponty and the interrogation of language 152
10 Sartre's words on the self 172
III Versus Structuralism 195
11 Sartre and the structuralists 197
12 Sartre/Piaget: biographical situations, cognitive structures and human development 219
13 Sartre/Barthes: writing differences 236
14 Sartre/Foucault: dialectic and episteme 254
15 Sartre versus structuralism 265
IV The Difference Between (and Beyond) 279
16 The limits of logocentrism 281
17 Self-decentering: Derrida incorporated 294
18 Foucault and the anthropological sleep 316
19 From utopia/dystopia to heterotopia: an interpretive topology 326
20 For a hermeneutic semiology of the self 338
Notes 346
Bibliography 375
Index 383
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