In Introduction to a Phenomenology of Life, renowned French philosopher Renaud Barbaras aims to construct the basis for a phenomenology of life. Called an introduction because it has to deal with philosophical limits and presuppositions, it is much more, as Barbaras investigates life in its phenomenological senses, approached through the duality of its intransitive and transitive senses.
Originally published in French (Introduction à une phénoménologie de la vie) Introduction to a Phenomenology of Life first defines the problem of life phenomenologically, then studies the failures of the phenomenological movement to adequately think about life, and finally elaborates a new, original, and productive approach to the problem. He engages "object-oriented" philosophies with this approach and concludes that they are far more phenomenological than previously believed.
Combining original interpretations and expert readings of philosophers such as Kant and Husserl and contemporary thinkers such as Bergson, Badiou, and Deleuze, Barbaras offers here a powerful and important contribution to phenomenology and continental thought.
About the Author
Renaud Barbaras is Chair of Contemporary Philosophy in the Sorbonne. His books in English include The Being of the Phenomenon: Merleau-Ponty's Ontology and Desire and Distance: Introduction to a Phenomenology of Perception.
Leonard Lawlor is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. His many books include Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy. He previously translated Renaud Barbaras's The Being of the Phenomenon: Merleau-Ponty's Ontology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Phenomenology and LifePart 1: The Divisions of Life1. Exteriority and Immanence2. Existence and Incarnation3. The Division of MovementConclusion: The Epoche of DeathPart 2: Life and ExteriorityIntroduction: The Failure of Bergsonism1. The absolute Domains of Being Above2. Metabolism3. Towards a Privative AnthropologyPart 3: Life and Desire1. Desire as the essence of life2. Desire and correlation3. Subject and WorldConclusionIndex