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On Jean Améry provides a comprehensive discussion of one of the most challenging and complex post-Holocaust thinkers, Jean Améry (1912-1978), a Jewish-Austrian-Belgian essayist, journalist and literary author. In the English-speaking world Améry is known for his poignant publication, At the Mind's Limits, a narrative of exile, dispossession, torture, and Auschwitz. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in Améry's writings on victimization and resentment, partly attributable to a modern fascination ...
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On Jean Améry: Philosophy of Catastrophe

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Overview

On Jean Améry provides a comprehensive discussion of one of the most challenging and complex post-Holocaust thinkers, Jean Améry (1912-1978), a Jewish-Austrian-Belgian essayist, journalist and literary author. In the English-speaking world Améry is known for his poignant publication, At the Mind's Limits, a narrative of exile, dispossession, torture, and Auschwitz. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in Améry's writings on victimization and resentment, partly attributable to a modern fascination with tolerance, historical injustice, and reconciliatory ambitions. Many aspects of Améry's writing have remained largely unexplored outside the realm of European scholarship, and his legacy in English-language scholarship limited to discussions of victimization and memory.

This volume offers the first English language collection of academic essays on the post-Holocaust thought of Jean Améry. Comprehensive in scope and multi-disciplinary in orientation, contributors explore central aspects of Améry's philosophical and ethical position, including dignity, responsibility, resentment, and forgiveness. What emerges from the pages of this book is an image of Amèry as a difficult and perplexing-yet exceptionally engaging-thinker, whose writings address some of the central paradoxes of survivorship and witnessing. The intellectual and ethical questions of Améry's philosophies are equally pertinent today as they were half-century ago: How one can reconcile with the irreconcilable? How can one account for the unaccountable? And, how can one live after catastrophe?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739147672
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 10/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 344
  • File size: 642 KB

Meet the Author

Magdalena Zolkos is research fellow in political theory for the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at the University of Western Sydney.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1: The Wounded Subject,Anagram: On the Philosophy of "Subjectivity After Auschwitz" in Améry's Work
Chapter 2: Contemplating Jean Améry's Loss of Transcendence
Chapter 3: Améry's Body: "My Calamity . . . My Physical and Metaphysical Dignity"
Chapter 4: Politics and Personal Responsibility: Reflections on Jean Améry and Hannah Arendt
Chapter 5: Resentment and Recognition: Toward a New Conception of Humanity in Améry's At the Mind's Limits
Chapter 6: Imposition, or Writing from the Void: Pathos and Pathology in Améry
Chapter 7: Ver-rücktes Universe of Torture: Améry and Bataille
Chapter 8: Aufbrechen / Abbrechen: Autobiography, History, and Self-destruction in Jean Améry's Novel-Essay Lefeu oder der Abbruch
Chapter 9: "Nachdenken"
Chapter 10: The Singular Case of Jean Améry
Chapter 11:Sympathy for the Devil
Chapter 12: Saying No and Feeling Nowhere. Jean Améry's Introspection of Voluntary Death
Chapter 13: Suffering and Responsibility: Between Améry and Levinas
About the Contributors
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