Rethinking Facticity

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The concept of facticity has undergone crucial transformations over the last century in hermeneutics and phenomenology, but it has not yet received the attention that it warrants. Following a suggestion by Merleau-Ponty that philosophy is not about essences but rather the facticity of existence, prominent philosophers examine the significance of facticity in its historical context and reflect on its contemporary relevance. Focusing on the works of Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Lacan, and Fanon, among others, they trace its significance from life-philosophy to contemporary European thought and explore its philosophical implications. The following questions are addressed: What thoughts of experience, of subjectivity, of finitude, of nature, of the body, of racial and sexual difference does facticity provoke? What thinking of language, of history, of birth and death, of our ethical being-in-the-world does it mobilize? Exploring these questions, the contributors offer new interpretations of facility.

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Introduction 1

Pt. I Phenomenology and Facticity

1 From Phenomenological Immortality to Natality Anthony J. Steinbock Steinbock, Anthony J. 25

2 On the Genesis of Heidegger's Formally Indicative Hermeneutics of Facticity Theodore Kisiel Kisiel, Theodore 41

3 Factical Life and the Need for Philosophy Francois Raffoul Raffoul, Francois 69

Pt. II Heidegger and the Hermeneutics of Facticity

4 The Passion of Facticity Giorgio Agamben Agamben, Giorgio 89

5 The Being-with of the Being-There Jean-Luc Nancy Nancy, Jean-Luc 113

6 Heidegger and the Ethics of Facticity Eric Sean Nelson Nelson, Eric Sean 129

7 Intransitive Facticity? A Question to Heidegger Rudi Visker Visker, Rudi 149

Pt. III Race, Embodiment, and the Unconscious

8 Can Race Be Thought in Terms of Facticity? A Reconsideration of Sartre's and Fanon's Existential Theories of Race Robert Bernasconi Bernasconi, Robert 195

9 Merleau-Ponty on Fact and Essence Bernard Flynn Flynn, Bernard 215

10 The Chiasm and the Remainder (How Does Touching Touch Itself?) Jacob Rogozinski Rogozinski, Jacob 229

11 The Unconscious Body in the Psychoanalytic Theory of J.-D. Nasio David Pettigrew Pettigrew, David 253

Pt. IV Contemporary Perspectives

12 Keeping Art to its Edge Ed Casey Casey, Ed 273

13 Existence Authoritarian: Compulsion, Facticity, and the Philosophy of Identity Namita Goswami Goswami, Namita 289

14 Primordial Attunement, Hardening, and Bearing Patricia Huntington Huntington, Patricia 317

15 Re: Thinking Facticity Gregory Schufreider Schufreider, Gregory 345

Contributors Information 375

Index 379

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