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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

I. Phenomenology
1. The self in Husserl's Crisis
2. Dasein and existential ambiguity
3. The identity of difference
4. Thinking and being: the essential relation
5. Merleau-Ponty's human ambiguity

II. And Structuralism
6. Merleau-Ponty onlanguage and communication
7. Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger: interpreting Hegel
8. Re-reading Merleau-Ponty
9. Merleau-Ponty and the interrogation of language
10. Sartre's words on the self

III. Versus Structuralism
11. Sartre and the structuralists
12. Sartre/Piaget: biographical situations, cognitive structures and human writing development
13. Sartre/Barthes: writing differences
14. Sartre/Foucault: dialectic and episteme
15. Sartre versus structuralism

IV. The Difference Between (and Beyond)
16. The limits of logocentrism
17. Self-decentering: Derrida incorporated
18. Foucault and the anthropological sleep
19. From utopia/dystopia to heterotopia: an interpretive topology
20. For a hermeneutic semiology of the self

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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