Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy

Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy

Lawlor, Leonard
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Publication date: 12/01/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22372-2
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Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy elaborates the basic project of contemporary continental philosophy, which culminates in a movement toward the outside. Leonard Lawlor interprets key texts by major figures in the continental tradition, including Bergson, Foucault, Freud, Heidegger, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty, to develop the broad sweep of the aims of continental philosophy. Lawlor discusses major theoretical trends in the work of these philosophers—immanence, difference, multiplicity, and the overcoming of metaphysics. His conception of continental philosophy as a unified project enables Lawlor to think beyond its European origins and envision a global sphere of philosophical inquiry that will revitalize the field.

Author Bio

Leonard Lawlor is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. He is author of Derrida and Husserl (IUP, 2002) and Thinking through French Philosophy (IUP, 2003).

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Well conceived and well argued . . . eminently useful and important.Well researched and credible in its sweep through the various philosophical projects it considers.Leonard Lawlor has proven himself to be one of the most imaginative and original interpreters of French philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Four Conceptual Features
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction: Structure and Genesis of Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy

1. Thinking beyond Platonism: Bergson’s "Introduction to Metaphysics" (1903)
2. Schizophrenic Thought: Freud’s "The Unconscious" (1915)
3. Consciousness as Distance: Husserl’s "Phenomenology" (the 1929 Encyclopedia Britannica Entry)
4. The Thought of the Nothing: Heidegger’s "What is Metaphysics?" (1929)
5. Dwelling in the Speaking of Language: Heidegger’s "Language" (1950)
6. Dwelling in the Texture of the Visible: Merleau-Ponty’s "Eye and Mind" (1961)
7. Enveloped in a Nameless Voice: Foucault’s "The Thought of the Outside" (1966)

Conclusion: Further Questions
Appendix 1: Note on the Idea of Immanence
Appendix 2: What is a Trait?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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