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"Beckett criticism has been greatly enhanced, and sometimes chastened, by genetic scholarship, as this anthology... attests."—Andre Furlani, Modernism/Modernity

"This collection of essays... represents the most comprehensive analysis of Beckett's relationship to philosophy in print, how philosophical issues, conundrums, and themes play out amid narrative intricacies. The volume is thus both an astonishingly comprehensive overview and a series of detailed readings of the intersection between philosophical texts and Samuel Beckett's oeuvre, offered by a plurality of voices and bookended by an historical introduction and a thematic conclusion."—S. E. Gontarski, Journal of Beckett Studies

"Helps us to consider not only how Beckett made use of philosophy but how his own thought might be understood philosophically."—Anthony Uhlmann, University of Western Sydney

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783838207018
Publisher: ibidem Press
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Matthew Feldman is professor in the modern history of ideas at Teesside University.

Karim Mamdani is an independent scholar residing in North America and Europe.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the ibidem Press Edition, by Alexander L. Gungov
Foreword: Is This the Right Time to Ponder Beckett and Philosophy?, by Alexander L. Gungov
Introduction to Beckett/Philosophy, by Matthew Feldman
"I am not a philosopher." Beckett and Philosophy: A Methodological and Thematic Overview, by Matthew Feldman
On Vico, Joyce, and Beckett, by Donald Phillip Verene
"I am not reading philosophy": Beckett and Schopenhauer, by Erik Tonning
"Speak of Time, without Flinching… Treat of Space with the Same Easy Grace": Beckett, Bergson and the Philosophy of Space, by David Addyman
"Of being—or remaining": Beckett and Early Greek Philosophy, by Peter Fifield
Samuel Beckett, Wilhelm Windelband and Nominalist Philosophy, by Matthew Feldman
Monadology: Samuel Beckett and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, by Chris Ackerley
"The Books are in the Study as Before": Samuel Beckett's Berkeley, by Steven Matthews
Beckett's "Guignol" Worlds: Arnold Geulincx and Heinrich von Kleist, by David Tucker
Beckett's Critique of Kant, by P.J. Murphy
"Eff it": Beckett and Linguistic Skepticism, by Dirk Van Hulle
Beckett, Samuel Johnson, and the "Vacuity of Life", by Emilie Morin
Beckett and Abstraction, by Charlotta Palmstierna Einarsson
"I can't go on, I'll go on": Beckett's Form of Philosophy, by Kathryn White
Beckett and the Refusal of Judgment: The Question of Ethics and the Value of Art, by Mireille Bousquet
Conclusion: Beckett in Theses, by Karim Mamdani
Information about the Authors and Editors
Index of Names

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