Force from Nietzsche to Derrida

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Legenda, Modern Humanities Research Association and Maney Publishing, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 146 pages
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"What is the pervasive character of the world? The answer is force." But, as Heidegger asks next: "What is force?" Connors sets out to answer this question, tracing a genealogy of the idea of force through the writings of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault and Derrida. These thinkers try to pin down what force is, but know too that it is something which cannot be neutrally described. Their vigorously literary writings must therefore be read as much for the stylistic and rhetorical ways in which they render force's powerful elusiveness as for the content of their arguments. And it is perhaps literature, rather than philosophy, which best engages with force. Certainly, for Connors, these philosophical positions are foreshadowed in remarkable detail by Shakespeare's Henry V - a play shot through with forces, imaginary, military, rhetorical and bodily.

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Contents

Force and Wil l
45
Force Power and History
73
Force and Impossibility
102
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About the author (2010)

Clare Connors is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Social Studies, Durham University. She has many years of experience in special needs education and as a child psychologist working with disabled children and their families. Clare is a disabled person.

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