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Modern French Philosophy - Vincent Descombes

Modern French Philosophy

By: Vincent Descombes, L. Scott-Fox (Translator), J. M. Harding (Translator)

Paperback Published: 30th March 1981
ISBN: 9780521296724
Number Of Pages: 208

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This is a critical introduction to modern French philosophy, commissioned from one of the liveliest contemporary practitioners and intended for an English-speaking readership. The dominant 'Anglo-Saxon' reaction to philosophical development in France has for some decades been one of suspicion, occasionally tempered by curiosity but more often hardening into dismissive rejection. But there are signs now of a more sympathetic interest and an increasing readiness to admit and explore shared concerns, even if these are still expressed in a very different idiom and intellectual context. Vincent Descombes offers here a personal guide to the main movements and figures of the last forty-five years. He traces over this period the evolution of thought from a generation preoccupied with the 'three H's' - Hegel, Husserl and Heidegger, to a generation influenced since about 1960 by the 'three masters of suspicion' - Marx, Nietzsche and Freud. In this framework he deals in turn with the thought of Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, the early structuralists, Foucault, Althusser, Serres, Derrida, and finally Deleuze and Lyotard. The 'internal' intellectual history of the period is related to its institutional setting and the wider cultural and political context which has given French philosophy so much of its distinctive character.

Forewordp. vii
Note on abbreviations and translationp. ix
Introduction: Philosophy in Francep. 1
The humanisation of nothingnessp. 9
The interpretation of Hegelp. 9
The search for a concrete philosophyp. 16
The objection of solipsismp. 20
The origin of negationp. 23
The end of historyp. 27
Negativityp. 32
Identity and differencep. 36
The question of enunciationp. 39
Nothingness in Being and Nothingnessp. 48
The human origin of truthp. 55
The soul and the bodyp. 57
The earth does not revolvep. 59
Does the dark side of the moon exist?p. 62
The phenomenonp. 65
The phenomenology of historyp. 69
Semiologyp. 75
The intellectual scene in 1960p. 75
Structuralismp. 77
What is a structural analysis?p. 82
Communicationp. 92
Structuresp. 100
The humanist controversyp. 103
The critique of historyp. 110
Nihilismp. 110
Marxism in perilp. 117
Superstructuresp. 126
Introduction to the problem of powerp. 131
Differencep. 136
The radicalisation of phenomenologyp. 136
La differancep. 142
Originary delayp. 145
The search for a transcendental empiricismp. 152
Critique of the dialecticp. 156
The end of timep. 168
Authorityp. 168
The fin-de-siecle disorderp. 173
The tale (of the end of the tale) of the end of historyp. 180
Final remarksp. 186
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780521296724
ISBN-10: 0521296722
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 30th March 1981
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.97  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.25

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