Philosophy And Kafka by Brendan MoranPhilosophy And Kafka by Brendan Moran

Philosophy And Kafka

EditorBrendan Moran, Carlo SalzaniContribution byPaul Alberts

Paperback | February 25, 2015

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The relationship of philosophy with Kafka's oeuvre is complex. It has been argued that Kafka's novels and stories defy philosophic extrapolation; conversely, it has also been suggested that precisely the tendency of Kafka's writings to elude discursive solution is itself a philosophical tendency, one that is somehow contributing to a wiser relationship of human beings with language. These matters are the focus of the proposed volume on Philosophy and Kafka.The proposed collection brings together essays that interrogate the relationship of philosophy and Kafka, and offer new and original interpretations. The volume obviously cannot claim completeness, but it partially does justice to the multiplicity of philosophical issues and philosophical interpretations at stake.This variety informs the composition of the volume itself. A number of essays focus on specific philosophical commentaries on Kafka's work, from Adorno's to Agamben's, from Arendt's to Benjamin's, from Deleuze and Guattari's to Derrida's. A number of essays consider the possible relevance of certain philosophical outlooks for examining Kafka's writings: here Kafka's name goes alongside those of Socrates, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Buber, Heidegger, Blanchot, and Levinas. Finally, a number of essays consider Kafka's writings in terms of a specific philosophical theme, such as communication and subjectivity, language and meaning, knowledge and truth, the human/animal divide, justice, and freedom. In all contributions to the volume, such themes, motifs, and interpretations arise. To varying degrees, all essays are concerned with the relationship of literature and philosophy, and thus with the philosophical significance of Kafka's writings.
Brendan Moran is currently research scholar at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, and Adjunct associate professor at the University of Calgary, Canada, where he has taught in the Department of Philosophy, the Faculty of Humanities, and the Faculty of Arts. Under the anagrammatic "pseudonym," Monad Rrenban, he has published Wild,...
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Title:Philosophy And KafkaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9.05 × 6.02 × 0.85 inPublished:February 25, 2015Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1: Philosophical InvestigationsChapter 1: I Don't Want to Know that I Know: The Inversion of Socratic Ignorance in the Knowledge of the DogsChapter 2: Kafka's Empty Law: Laughter and Freedom in The TrialChapter 3: A Kafkan Sublime: Dark Poetics on the Kantian PhilosophyChapter 4: The Everyday's Fabulous Beyond: Nonsense, Parable, and the Ethics of the Literary in Kafka and WittgensteinChapter 5: You're nobody 'til somebody loves you: Communication and the Social Destruction of Subjectivity in Kafka's MetamorphosisChapter 6: Kafka's InsomniaPart 2: Philosophical TopicsChapter 7: Animal Bachelors and Animal Brides: Fabulous Metamorphosis in Kafka and GarnettChapter 8: Kafka's Political AnimalsChapter 9: The Calamity of the Rightless: Hannah Arendt and Franz Kafka on Monsters and MembersChapter 10: Knowing Life Before the Law: Kafka, Kelsen, DerridaPart 3: Philosophical ReadingsChapter 11: Anxiety and Attention: Benjamin and OthersChapter 12: On the Mimesis of Reification: Adorno's Critical Theoretical Interpretation of KafkaChapter 13: "In the Penal Colony" in the Philosophy of Gilles DeleuzeChapter 14: In a Messianic Gesture: Agamben's Kafka IndexAbout the Contributors

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This essay collection - the first of its kind - explores a rich variety of ways in which Kafka's writings are bound to philosophical concerns. It bridges the gap between the philosophical and the literary, highlighting how the two coexist and illuminate one another. From Socrates to Agamben, from Kierkegaard to Wittgenstein, ethics and aesthetics, logic and literature, Kafka's prose resonates, reflects and provokes.By bringing together scholars from different disciplines, "Philosophy and Kafka" establishes fascinating new paths of enquiry into Kafka's thinking and philosophers' engagement with it. It allows us to understand why we continue to be captured by Kafka's writing, standing as a testament to its relevance, and attesting to the vitality of the research it inspires.