Beyond Philosophy

Beyond Philosophy

Nietzsche, Foucault, Anzaldúa
Nancy Tuana and Charles E. Scott
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Format: Hardback 1 b&w illus
ISBN: 978-0-253-04982-7
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Questions of whether anything exceeds reasonable sense and meaning have persisted throughout the history of philosophy. These questions have even continued in postmodern thought as well as in liberatory philosophies in which many kinds of events and lineages are experienced and seen as beyond philosophy. In this cowritten text, distinguished philosophers Nancy Tuana and Charles Scott pay particular attention to lineages and their dynamism as they develop the idea of things beyond philosophy, beyond norms.

This is not a history of philosophy or a critical study of a particular philosopher but a way to engage experience around dimensions of events that are beyond measuring, counting, meaning, and value. These attunements, they assert, are vitally important for the ways people orient themselves in the world and comport themselves in it. Tuana and Scott build on the alternatives to normative ethics that they find in the work of Nietzsche, Foucault, and Anzaldúa. They urge attunement to the world as a way to speak about what is impossible to give voice to, to live in the spaces between speech and the unspeakable, and to conceptualize and articulate the boundaries of rational sensibility.

Author Bio

Nancy Tuana is DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University. She is author of The Less Noble Sex: Scientific, Religious, and Philosophical Conceptions of Woman’s Nature.

Charles E. Scott is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus and Research Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He is author of Living with Indifference.


"So much of published philosophy is actually the working out of an intellectual problem, not pushing past what we know and perhaps can know. It is when we encounter not knowing that thinking happens, not to fill in the blanks of ignorance but to grapple with and learn to live in the not-knowing, the feeling, the beyonding of livingdying. Nancy Tuana and Charles Scott's alertness to plays and networks of power puts thinking beyond traditional philosophical practice in this illuminating book. —Ladelle McWhorter, author of Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America"

 (Indiana University Press)

"This book is unlike any other work in the academy, and yet, in its eccentricity, it reaches toward exposing the limits of academic and traditional Western philosophy as well as Western liberatory philosophy, exposing the reader to "beyond," a term that operates as a spring and unfolding of the book. –Alejandro Vallega, author of Latin American Philosophy from Identity to Radical Exteriority"

 (Indiana University Press)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Beyond
2. Nietzsche's Exposure to Beyond Philosophy
3. Foucault's Unreason
4. Anzaldúa's Nepantla
5. Border Art Philosophy
6. Playing with Fire
7. An Infused Dialogue
8. livingdying
9. Beyond Sensibilities
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