The New French Philosophy

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Polity, May 21, 2012 - Philosophy - 221 pages
This book gives a critical assessment of key developments in contemporary French philosophy, highlighting the diverse ways in which recent French thought has moved beyond the philosophical positions and arguments which have been widely associated with the terms 'post-structuralism' and 'postmodernism'. These developments are assessed through a close comparative reading of the work of seven contemporary thinkers: Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Luc Nancy, Bernard Stiegler, Catherine Malabou, Jacques Rancière, Alain Badiou and François Laruelle.

The book situates the writing of each philosopher in relation to earlier traditions of French thought. In differing ways, these philosophers decisively distance themselves from the linguistic paradigm which dominated so much twentieth-century thought in order to rethink philosophical conceptions of materiality, worldliness, shared embodied existence and human agency or subjectivity. They thereby open the way for a radical renewal of the claims, possibilities and transformative power of philosophical thinking itself.

This book will be an indispensable text for students of philosophy and for anyone interested in current developments in philosophy and social thought.

 

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Contents

The Demands of Thought
1
JeanLuc Marion Appearing and Givenness
17
JeanLuc Nancy The Infinity of Sense
39
Bernard Stiegler The Time of Technics
61
Catherine Malabou The Destiny of Form
83
Jacques Rancière The Space of Equality
110
Alain Badiou The Science of the Real
133
François Laruelle Beginning with the One
158
The Technique of Thought
181
Notes
189
Bibliography
200
Index
218
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Ian James is university lecturer in the Department of French at the University of Cambridge.

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