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Being Up-to-Date: Foucault, Sartre, and Postmodernity

Neil Levy
Format
Book
Published
New York : P. Lang, ©2001.
Language
English
Series
Studies in European Thought
ISBN
0820451185, 9780820451183
Summary
"It is often claimed that at some time in the recent past, philosophy underwent a profound transformation. The era inaugurated perhaps by Descartes has come to an end, and we have entered the epoch of postmodernity. This book examines that claim by focusing on two exemplary figures, representative of modernity and postmodernity respectively: Jean-Paul Sartre and Michel Foucault. Concentrating on their political thought, it shows that each is beset by the same kinds of problems and evolves parallel and complementary solutions. The continuities that exist between them are sufficient to call into question the notion that fissure runs between the two epochs they represent; nevertheless Neil Levy suggests that their thought can be seen as presenting us with the resources for thinking and criticizing our present in a manner that is alert to the paradoxes and contingencies often seen as characterizing postmodernity."--Jacket.
Contents
  • 1. Post Script 1
  • Problem of Postmodernism 2
  • Postmodern Thought: Jacques Derrida 4
  • Jean-Francois Lyotard 6
  • Fredric Jameson 7
  • Modernity versus Postmodernity 9
  • 2. Nineteenth-Century Man Versus The Magic Lantern 17
  • An Unacceptable Comparison 24
  • Remarks on Methodology 25
  • 3. Heidegger And The Postmodern 27
  • Foucault's Debt to Heidegger 28
  • Problems of Modernity: Heidegger's Diagnosis 33
  • Foucault as 'Young Heideggerian' 34
  • Being and the Self: Parallel Confusions 37
  • Representing the Unrepresentable 38
  • Foucault's Mad Thought 40
  • 4. Modernity--The Dead-End Of Philosophy? 45
  • Past the Modern Impasse 47
  • Existential Exit 48
  • Heideggerian Overcoming 49
  • Origin of the Problem 50
  • 5. Beyond The Doubles 57
  • Overcoming Relevance 64
  • A Third Way? 65
  • No Exit 67
  • 6. Gaze 75
  • Pinned by a Look 82
  • A Foucauldian Existentialism? 84
  • Reversing the Gaze 86
  • This Millenial Yoke of Confession 89
  • Trapped in Truth 94
  • 7. A Daily Labor, Long And Disappointing 97
  • Freedom and the Possibility of Choosing Otherwise 98
  • Inside the Magic Lantern 102
  • 8. Accepting The World 107
  • Foucault and the Possibility of Critique 111
  • Truth of the Subject/The Subject of Truth 117
  • Ascesis: the Self as Aesthetic Object 119
  • 9. Excursus: Intersubjectivity 123
  • 10. On Not Being Up To Date: Les Temps (Post)Modernes 131
  • 11. Ethical Problem 139
  • Rules of the Game 141
  • Towards an Ethics of the Future Perfect 144
  • Ethics of Thought 152
  • 12. Postmodern, Posthumanist, Post-Sartre 155
  • What Will Postmodernism Have Been? 158.
Description
xii, 207 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-207).
Series Statement
Studies in European thought, 1043-5786 ; vol. 20
Studies in European thought ; vol. 20. 1043-5786
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