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Plotnitsky highlights those points at which the known gives way to the unknown (and unknowable). These points are significant, he argues, because they push the boundaries of thought and challenge the boundaries of disciplinarity. One of the book's most interesting observations is that key figures in science, in order to push toward a framing of the unknown, actually retreated into a conservative disciplinarity. Plotnitsky's informed, interdisciplinary approach is more productive than the disparaging attacks on postmodernism or scientism that have hitherto characterized this discourse.
Arkady Plotnitsky is Professor of English and Director, Theory and Cultural Studies Program, Purdue University. Trained in both mathematics and literary theory, he is author of several books, including In the Shadow of Hegel: Complementarity, History and the Unconscious and Reconfigurations: Critical Theory and General Economy.
|Outline of the Chapters|
|Ch. 1||An Introduction to Nonclassical Thought||1|
|Ch. 2||Quantum Mechanics, Complementarity, and Nonclassical Thought||29|
|Ch. 3||Versions of the Irrational: The Epistemology of Complex Numbers and Jacques Lacan's Quasi-Mathematics||109|
|Ch. 4||"But It Is Above All Not True": Derrida, Relativity, and the "Science Wars"||157|