“A genuinely innovative contribution to philosophical accounts of subjectivity and temporality. Romano develops what he calls an ‘evential hermeneutics’ that takes as its starting point the life-changing events that upend our world. He studies the structure of these events in terms of the genuine change and novelty that they open up, distinguishing them from mere occurrences, which can be explained as a subject realizing pre-existing possibilities. Because such events introduce radically new possibilities by transforming me and my world, Romano argues that they must be understood as establishing a world rather than as happening in the world.”Shane Mackinlay, Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne
About the Author
Claude Romano is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Sorbonne and Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University. Two of his books have previously appeared in English, Event and World and Event and Time (both Fordham).
Michael B. Smith is Professor Emeritus of French and Philosophy at Berry College.
Table of Contents
PART I: EV ENT AND METAPHYSICS
1. Some Sources and Prolongations of "Evential Hermeneutics"
2. Possibility and Event
3. Bergson as Metaphysician and Critic of Metaphysics
PART I I: BEYOND SUBJECT AND OBJECT?
4. Sartrean Freedom, or Adam's Dream
5. The Mirror of Narcissus: On the Phenomenology of the Flesh
6. The Ecological Phenomenology of J. J. Gibson
PART I I I: THE NOTHING AND THE "THERE IS"
7. Is a Phenomenology of Nothingness Possible?
The Carnap-Heidegger Controversy
8. "Between Emptiness and the Pure Event": Phenomenology