Beyond Representation: Philosophy and Poetic Imagination by Richard Eldridge

By Richard Eldridge

The essays during this quantity discover the ways that conventional philosophical difficulties approximately self-knowledge, self-identity, and cost have migrated into literature because the Romantic and Idealist classes. In a wide-ranging severe and philosophical dialogue, the members provide a philosophical realizing of the roots and nature of latest literary and philosophical perform, and complicated robust and influential, yet infrequently decisively articulated, conceptions of the human topic and of worth.

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As Nancy develops this stance, it emerges that this side, the side of opsis, involves a commitment to the values of spectacle, free performativism, and the enunciatory gesture (wherein meaning is not readily parted from effect or from touch) in the enactment of subjectivity. e. " Here we may think naturally of Nietzsche in The Birth of Tragedy on the Dionysian and its form of fragmented, collective subjectivity. " Lacoue-Labarthe does not deny that we are always becoming what we are in and through scenes of performance.

81. 11 There is controversy about how this word ought to be spelled. The Greek word is 7toiT|aei, later transliterated into Latin as poesis, as in Horace's Ars poetica, and it is this latter, Latin spelling that has been familiar from schoolboy classical educations for several hundred years. There is also controversy about whether the e in poiesis (however spelled) should cany a macron, no accent, or even a circumflex. Insofar as the philosophers, poets, and critics who will be under consideration are themselves trying to recover and refigure certain wide-ranging senses of the nature of poetic activity and its value in the life of a subject that are principally evident in the Platonic and Aristotelian texts, it seems apt to prefer a direct and simple transliteration of the Greek.

73, p. 47. , eds. Kenneth Baynes, James Bohman, and Thomas McCarthy (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1987), p. 474. 6 Hegel, Phenomenology, para. 74, p. 47. 7 Rorty, Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (Cambridge University Press, 1989), p. 6. , 1980), p. 40. 31 Richard Eldridge 9 Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction, trans. Robert Hurley (New York: Random House, 1978), p. 93. 10 Jean-Frangois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, trans. Geoff Bennington and Brian Massumi (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984), p.

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