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Blanchot : Extreme Contemporary - Leslie Hill


Extreme Contemporary


Published: 3rd July 1997
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Blanchot provides a compelling insight into one of the key figures in the development of postmodern thought. Although Blanchot's work is characterised by a fragmentary and complex style, Leslie Hill introduces clearly and accessibly the key themes in his work. He shows how Blanchot questions the very existence of philosophy and literature and how we may distinguish between them, stresses the importance of his political writings and the relationship between writing and history that characterised Blanchot's later work; and considers the relationship between Blanchot and key figures such as Emmanuel Levinas and Georges Bataille and how this impacted on his work.
Placing Blanchot at the centre stage of writing in the twentieth century, Blanchot also sheds new light on Blanchot's political activities before and after the Second World War. This accessible introduction to Blanchot's thought also includes one of the most comprehensive bibliographies of his writings of the last twenty years.

""Extreme Contemporary is a provocative work..It is compelling and essential reading, not only for those seeking an introduction to Blanchot's thought, but equally for those who already find themselves gripped by it." -Victoria I Burke, "Philosophy in Review

An Intellectual itineraryp. 1
Why Blanchot?p. 1
An ethics of discretionp. 5
A share of biographyp. 10
Pas de recit?p. 17
The acts of the day (1)p. 21
A question of responsibilityp. 36
The acts of the day (2)p. 44
A temptation?p. 47
The (im)possibility of literaturep. 53
Founding fictionsp. 53
How is literature possible?p. 69
'Naming the gods': from Heidegger to Holderlinp. 77
The limitlessness of the limitp. 91
Writing the neuterp. 103
From work to worklessnessp. 103
The worklessness of beingp. 114
Outsidep. 121
Neutrep. 127
July 1948: writing, dying; dying, writingp. 142
The absence of the bookp. 158
Beyond philosophy?p. 158
Transcendence and the Otherp. 167
The demand of writingp. 184
An uninterrupted questioningp. 195
The unexpected wordp. 209
Extreme contemporaryp. 222
Notesp. 226
Texts by Blanchotp. 274
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780415091732
ISBN-10: 041509173X
Series: Warwick Studies in European Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3rd July 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1