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Contemporary French Philosophy : Modernity and the Persistence of the Subject - Caroline Williams

Contemporary French Philosophy

Modernity and the Persistence of the Subject

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2001
ISBN: 9780485004328
Number Of Pages: 266

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Contemporary French Philosophy outlines the construction of the subject in modern philosophy, focusing in particular on the seminal work of Althusser, Lacan, Derrida and Foucault. The book interrogates some of the most influential perspectives on the question of the subject to contest those postmodern voices that announce its disappearance or death. It argues instead that the question of the subject persists, even in those perspectives that seek to abandon it altogether.

"Caroline Williams marks what is distinctive about 20th Century French philosophy's interrogation of the subject and demonstrates its historical continuity in a lucid, balanced and utterly convincing way." David Wood, Vanderbilt University

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Inheriting Problems and Paradoxes: Subjectivity and Modern Philosophyp. 12
Descartes and the birth of the modern cogitop. 14
Spinoza's philosophy of substance: the decomposition and recomposition of the subjectp. 18
Hegelian phenomenology: constructing the subject of historyp. 27
Marxism and Subjectivity: from Lukacs to Althusserp. 38
Returning to Lukacsp. 40
The encounter between structuralism and subjectivityp. 54
Althusser and the repositioning of the subjectp. 56
Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity and the Vita Linguap. 78
Lacan's theory of the subjectp. 82
The paradox of the subject: between philosophy and psychoanalysisp. 92
Psychoanalysis, subjectivity and the politicalp. 102
Derrida, Subjectivity and the Politics of Differancep. 109
Situating deconstruction: Derrida, Althusser and Lacanp. 112
Deconstruction and the subject: contesting the subject as self-presencep. 122
Deconstruction and political critiquep. 140
The Discursive Construction of the Subjectp. 152
Archaeologies of the subjectp. 156
Foucauldian dilemmas: thinking the limits of discoursep. 170
Genealogies of the subject: power and subjectionp. 175
Conclusion - The Persistence of the Subjectp. 190
Notesp. 198
Bibliographyp. 234
Indexp. 246
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ISBN: 9780485004328
ISBN-10: 0485004321
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 30th November 2001
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated

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