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After Life - Eugene Thacker

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Life is one of our most basic concepts, yet when examined directly it proves remarkably contradictory and elusive, encompassing both the broadest and the most specific phenomena. We can see this uncertainty about life in our habit of approaching it as something at once scientific and mystical, in the return of vitalisms of all types, and in the pervasive politicization of life. In short, life seems everywhere at stake and yet is nowhere the same.

In After Life, Eugene Thacker clears the ground for a new philosophy of life by recovering the twists and turns in its philosophical history. Beginning with Aristotle's originary formulation of a philosophy of life, Thacker examines the influence of Aristotle's ideas in medieval and early modern thought, leading him to the work of Immanuel Kant, who notes the inherently contradictory nature of "life in itself." Along the way, Thacker shows how early modern philosophy's engagement with the problem of life affects thinkers such as Gilles Deleuze, Georges Bataille, and Alain Badiou, as well as contemporary developments in the "speculative turn" in philosophy.

At a time when life is categorized, measured, and exploited in a variety of ways, After Life invites us to delve deeper into the contours and contradictions of the age-old question, "what is life?"

"This is a timely, significant, and original work that deepens and enlarges the terms of contemporary philosophical debate over the nature of `life.' After Life promises to become an indispensable point of reference for future discussions of this topic."---Ray Brassier, American University of Beirut

"A vertiginous summa of the impossibilities of thinking, and not thinking, life. In this masterwork of speculative medievalism, Eugene Thacker accomplishes for philosophical thought what the dreamer of Lovecraft's Ex Oblivione experiences only with a drug: `So, happier than I had ever dared hope to be, I dissolved again into that native infinity of crystal oblivion from which the daemon Life had called me for one brief and desolate hour.' If you think you have a life, ingest and ruminate After Life, and think again."---Nicola Masciandaro, Brooklyn College

"This is a timely, significant, and original work that deepens and enlarges the terms of contemporary philosophical debate over the nature of 'life.' After Life promises to become an indispensable point of reference for future discussions of this topic." - Ray Brassier, American University of Beirut"

Prefacep. ix
Life and the Living (On Aristotelian Biohorror)p. 1
Supernatural Horror as the Paradigm for Lifep. 1
Aristotle's De Anima and the Problem of Lifep. 6
The Ontology of Lifep. 11
The Entelechy of the Weirdp. 22
Superlative Lifep. 25
Life With or Without Limitsp. 25
Life as Time in Plotinusp. 28
On the Superlativep. 34
Superlative Life I: Pseudo-Dionysiusp. 36
Negative vs. Affirmative Theologyp. 37
Superlative Negationp. 41
Negation and Preexistent Lifep. 45
Excess, Evil, and Nonbeingp. 50
Superlative Life II: Eriugenap. 56
Negation in the Periphyseonp. 58
The quaestio de nihilo: On Nothingp. 60
The quaestio de nihilo: Superlative Nothingp. 68
Dark Intelligible Abyssp. 74
Apophasisp. 75
The Apophatic Logicp. 76
Negation in Frege and Ayerp. 78
Negation vs. Subtraction in Badioup. 81
Negation and Contradiction in Priestp. 84
The Dialetheic Vitalism of Negative Theologyp. 88
Ellipses: Suhrawardi and the Luminous Voidp. 91
Univocal Creaturesp. 96
On Spiritual Creaturesp. 96
Life as Form in Aristotlep. 99
The Concept of the Creaturep. 104
Univocity I: Duns Scotus vs. Aquinasp. 107
Univocity in Aquinas' Summa Theologicap. 108
Univocity in Duns Scotus' Opus Oxoniensep. 113
The Common Nature of the Creaturep. 118
Univocity II: Duns Scotus vs. Henry of Ghentp. 125
Univocity in Henry of Ghentp. 126
Negative vs. Privative Indeterminationp. 130
Absolute Indeterminationp. 131
Univocity III: Deleuze's Scholasticism-Three Variationsp. 135
Variation I: Spinoza et le Problème de l'Expressionp. 137
Variation II: Différence et Répétitionp. 141
Variation III: Cours de Vincennesp. 146
Univocal Creaturesp. 151
Ellipses: Dogen and Uncreated Univocityp. 156
Dark Pantheismp. 159
Everything and Nothingp. 159
Life as Spirit in Aquinasp. 161
The Concept of the Divine Naturep. 167
Immanence I: Eriugena's Periphyseonp. 170
Natura and the Unthoughtp. 171
Universal Lifep. 177
Four Statements on Pantheismp. 181
Immanence II: Duns Scotus' Reportatio IAp. 184
Univocal Immanencep. 185
Actual Infinityp. 188
The Pathology of the Triple Primacyp. 191
Immanence III: Nicholas of Cusa's De Docta Ignorantiap. 198
The Coincidence of Oppositesp. 199
The Folds of Lifep. 201
Absolute vs. Contracted Pantheismp. 204
Speculative Pantheism (Deleuze's Interlocutors)p. 209
Pantheism and Pure Immanencep. 212
The Insubordination of Immanence in Deleuzep. 215
Scholia I: The Isomorphism of Univocity and Immanencep. 220
Scholia II: The Vitalist Logic of Common Notionsp. 222
Scholia III: The Life of Substancep. 225
Dark Pantheismp. 228
Ellipses: Wang Yangming and Idealist Naturalismp. 234
Logic and Life (On Kantian Teratology)p. 239
The Wandering Line from Aristotle to Kantp. 239
Critique of Lifep. 242
Spectral Life and Speculative Realismp. 249
Ontotheology in Kant, Atheology in Bataillep. 257
The Night Landp. 266
Notesp. 269
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780226793726
ISBN-10: 0226793729
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.41