Postmodernism and Continental Philosophy (Selected Studies by Hugh J. Silverman

By Hugh J. Silverman

The quantity starts off with a massive assertion by way of the French feminist tradition critic Julia Kristeva and comprises essays through famous and likewise more youthful continental philosophers writing within the North American context and reassessing the eu historical past, its limits and powerful futures.
The way forward for postmodernism is classified by way of key issues: from the language of hope, the boundaries of illustration, and the revaluation of values, to the feminist rewriting of patriarchy and the serious archeology of deconstruction. Eighteen essays evaluate the postmodernist distinction inscribed in glossy philosophy. conventional matters and preoccupations--the topic, the need, the physique, language, illustration, and metaphysics--are positioned in query via re-readings of rationalist, dialectical, psychoanalytic, aesthetic, and patriarchical values included into modernist pondering. The figures of Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, and Derrida are taken care of of their a number of features, and with regards to their significance for postmodernism in the continental philosophical framework.

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Nevertheless Kristeva, who teaches in the department of "Texts and Documents" at the University of Paris-VII, is a significant figure in the development of postmodernism and continental philosophy in North America. She signals the particular confluence of phenomenology, structuralism, semiotics, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and feminism. That her Page 8 writings incorporate interpretations and aspects of all of these tendencies in continental philosophy is an important feature of current directions in postmodernism as well.

It is probably such an intimacy with the affect that led Dostoevsky to his vision according to which the humanity of man resides less in the pursuit of a pleasure or a profit (an idea extending even to Freudian psychoanalysis despite the predominance finally accorded to a Page 19 "beyond the pleasure principle") than in the aspiration for a voluptuous suffering. "Suffering after all, that is the sole cause of consciousness. Although I declared to begin with that in my opinion consciousness is man's supreme misfortune, I know that man loves it and would not change it for any gratification" (Notes from Underground).

Wurzer 243 Page vii Contributors 251 About the Editors 255 Index 257 Page 1 INTRODUCTION Hugh J. Silverman What is the relation between Postmodernism and Continental Philosophy? And why should this relation be a matter of importance now? In the North American context, a volume on such a topic would have been practically inconceivable ten years ago. Something important has taken place in the development of continental philosophy that its relation to postmodernism should now become relevant. Something important in the development of cultural criticism has taken place such that postmodernism enters into the context of continental philosophy.

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