Literature, Philosophy, Nihilism: The Uncanniest of Guests

Hardcover | October 15, 2008

byShane Weller

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This book charts the history of the concept of nihilism in some of the most important philosophers and literary theorists of the modern and postmodern periods, including Wyndham Lewis, Heidegger, Adorno, Blanchot, Derrida, and Vattimo. Focusing in particular on the ways in which each of these thinkers produces a theory of the literary as the privileged form of resistance to nihilism, Weller offers the first in-depth analysis of nihilism's key role in the thinking of the aesthetic since Nietzsche.

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This book charts the history of the concept of nihilism in some of the most important philosophers and literary theorists of the modern and postmodern periods, including Wyndham Lewis, Heidegger, Adorno, Blanchot, Derrida, and Vattimo. Focusing in particular on the ways in which each of these thinkers produces a theory of the literary ...

SHANE WELLER is Reader in Comparative Literature in the School of European Culture and Languages at the University of Kent, UK. His publications include A Taste for the Negative: Beckett and Nihilism (2005), Beckett, Literature and the Ethics of Alterity (2006) and The Flesh in the Text (2007, co-edited with Thomas Baldwin and James F...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.73 × 5.58 × 0.84 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230551548

ISBN - 13:9780230551541

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: What's in a Name?
Absolute Devaluation: Friedrich Nietzsche
Homelessness: Martin Heidegger
Fatal Positivities: Theodor Adorno
The Naive Calculation of the Negative: Maurice Blanchot
Bad Violence: Jacques Derrida
The Fracture: Giorgio Agamben
Distortions, or Nihilism Against Itself: Gianni Vattimo
The Denial of (Greek) Thought: Alain Badiou
Conclusion: Nihilism at the Door
Notes
Bibliography
Index