Intermittency: The Concept of Historical Reason in Recent French Philosophy

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Ths book explores the concept of historical intermittency in the work of five French philosophers.

By critiquing the work of Alain Badiou, Françoise Proust, Christian Jambet, Guy Lardreau and Jacques Rancière - and drawing on a wealth of philosophy, literature, history and art - Andrew Gibson develops a new theory of historical time. In different ways, these philosophers all work with a concept of the historical "event" as an extraordinary occurrence which shatters established ...

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Overview

Ths book explores the concept of historical intermittency in the work of five French philosophers.

By critiquing the work of Alain Badiou, Françoise Proust, Christian Jambet, Guy Lardreau and Jacques Rancière - and drawing on a wealth of philosophy, literature, history and art - Andrew Gibson develops a new theory of historical time. In different ways, these philosophers all work with a concept of the historical "event" as an extraordinary occurrence which shatters established historical formations and promises new historical beginnings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780748637577
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Andrew Gibson is research professor of modern literature and theory at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Abbreviations ix

Foreword Jean-Jacques Lecercle xii

Introduction 1

Kojève's Hegel 1

An Anti-schematics of Historical Reason 6

Sartre: History and Hysteresis 14

The Example of Orwell 20

1 The Logic of Intermittency: Alain Badiou 24

The Structure of Intermittency 24

Inexistents 34

Custos, Quid Noctis? 43

The Example of Flaubert 54

2 Sporadic Modernity: Françoise Proust 68

The Beginnings of Modernity 68

Catastrophe in Permanence 82

Explosions of Justice 87

The Example of Wordsworth 96

3 A Counter-phenomenology of Spirit: Christian Jambet 112

The Great Resurrection of Alamut 112

The Paradoxical One 124

The Dark Event 132

The Example of Rimbaud 141

4 Alternances Indépassables: Guy Lardreau 157

The Remains of History 157

Kanto-Lacanianism 162

Art and the Moment of Spirit 180

The Example of Kleist 183

5 Intermittency and Melancholy: Jacques Rancière 202

Egalitarian and Democratic Events 202

Historical Decompositions 213

Aesthetics and Partage 229

The Example of Rossellini 23

Conclusion: Prolegomena to a Critical Synthesis 246

Badiou and Speculative Realism 246

The Question of Rarity 256

The Unerasable Conviction 267

The Necessity of Literature 275

The Example of Sebald 284

Appendix: Lardreau: Philosophization, Negation and Veracity 291

Bibliography 294

Index 317

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