Heidegger in France

Heidegger in France

Dominique Janicaud
Translated by Fran├žois Raffoul and David Pettigrew
Distribution: World
Publication date: 9/24/2015
Format: cloth 560 pages
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-01773-4
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Dominique Janicaud claimed that every French intellectual movement—from existentialism to psychoanalysis—was influenced by Martin Heidegger. This translation of Janicaud’s landmark work, Heidegger en France, details Heidegger’s reception in philosophy and other humanistic and social science disciplines. Interviews with key French thinkers such as Françoise Dastur, Jacques Derrida, Éliane Escoubas, Jean Greisch, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Marion, and Jean-Luc Nancy are included and provide further reflection on Heidegger’s relationship to French philosophy. An intellectual undertaking of authoritative scope, this work furnishes a thorough history of the French reception of Heidegger’s thought.

Author Bio

Dominique Janicaud (1937–2002) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis and the author of many books including Powers of the Rational (IUP, 1994), Phenomenology and the Theological Turn, and Phenomenology Wide Open. Heidegger en France, the crowning achievement of his philosophical work, was published in French in 2001.

François Raffoul is Professor of Philosophy at Louisiana State University. He is author of
The Origins of Responsibility (IUP, 2010).

David Pettigrew is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University. He is editor (with François Raffoul) of
French Interpretations of Heidegger.


"Every student of contemporary European philosophy and literature needs to read this extraordinary book." —David Farrell Krell, author of The Tragic Absolute: German Idealism and the Languishing of God

"Heidegger in France is a major contribution to the history of Continental philosophy and to French phenomenology. . . Essential." —Choice

"Janicaud sheds light on the contemporary French philosophical scene and he has done this from an angle seldom seen by others. It is a lively story and reminds us that the life of ideas, the destiny of a thought, is an exciting matter." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"In sum, this book is informed, interesting,well written, useful, and as accurate as it could have been for someone writing at a time when relevant documentation was being withheld by Heidegger’s followers." —American Historical Review

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Table of Contents

Translators' Introduction
Part I.
1. First Crossings of the Rhine
2. The Sartre Bomb
3. Postwar Fascinations
4. Humanism in Turmoil
5. The Bright Spell of the 50s
6. Renewed Polemics, New Shifts
7. Dissemination or Reconstruction?
8. Death and Transfiguration?
9. The Letter and the Spirit
10. The Return of the Repressed?
11. Between Erudite Scholarship and Techno-Science
12. At the Crossroads
Part II. Interviews
Françoise Dastur: Interview of March 3, 2000
Jacques Derrida: Interviews from July 1 and November 22, 1999
Éliane Escoubas: Interview of October 19, 2000
Jean Greisch: Interview of December 2, 1999
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe: Interview of June 22, 2000
Jean-Luc Marion: Interview of December 3, 1999
Jean-Luc Nancy: Interview of June 23, 2000
Selected Bibliography
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