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Kearney addresses one of the key issues of modern European thought—how the crisis of values (ethics) relates to the crisis of imagination (poetics). Through a series of in-depth studies of thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Ricoeur, Derrida, and others, Kearney explores the ways in which Continental philosophy, in both its modern and postmodern guises, has endeavored to respond to these twin crises. Some studies focus on the dilemma of individual imagination faced with the fragmentation of...

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Overview

Kearney addresses one of the key issues of modern European thought—how the crisis of values (ethics) relates to the crisis of imagination (poetics). Through a series of in-depth studies of thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Ricoeur, Derrida, and others, Kearney explores the ways in which Continental philosophy, in both its modern and postmodern guises, has endeavored to respond to these twin crises. Some studies focus on the dilemma of individual imagination faced with the fragmentation of inherited concepts of truth, God, or the good. Others concentrate on conflicts internal to the social imagination of our times—e.g., ideology versus utopia, myth versus critique, tradition versus reason, modernity versus postmodernity. Kearney also applies these philosophical disputes to a number of postmodern texts in literature and to painting and politics.

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"Richard Kearney's wide-ranging [book] brings together strands of modern thought and sensibility which are all-too-often held apart."

—Charles Taylor, McGill University, Montreal
2007 Templeton Prize Winner

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Richard Kearney is Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin and also Visiting European Professor for part of the year at Boston College.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Surplus Being: The Kantian Legacy 2
2 The Poetics of Authorship: Kierkegaard's Dilemma 18
3 Heidegger's Poetics of the Possible 35
4 Heidegger's Gods 50
5 Ideology and Utopia: The Social Imaginary (Ricoeur I) 66
6 Hermeneutics of Myth and Tradition (Ricoeur II) 80
7 The Narrative Imagination: Between Poetics and Ethics (Ricoeur III) 92
8 Levinas and the Ethics of Imagining 108
9 Ethics and the Right to Resist: Patocka's Testimony 118
10 Myth and Sacrificial Scapegoats: On Rene Girard 136
11 Derrida's Ethical Return 148
12 Derrida's Ethics of Dialogue 168
13 Myths of Utopia and Ideology: From Yeats to Joyce 180
14 Postmodern Mirrors of Fiction: Rushdie, Wolfe, and Kundera 185
15 Painting and Postmodernity 194
Postscript 203
Notes 211
Index 249
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