Thinking the Impossible: French Philosophy Since 1960

Paperback | March 28, 2013

byGary Gutting

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The late 20th century saw a remarkable flourishing of philosophy in France. The work of French philosophers is wide ranging, historically informed, often reaching out beyond the boundaries of philosophy; they are public intellectuals, taken seriously as contributors to debates outside theacademy. Gary Gutting tells the story of the development of a distinctively French philosophy in the last four decades of the 20th century. His aim is to arrive at an account of what it was to "do philosophy" in France, what this sort of philosophizing was able to achieve, and how it differs fromthe analytic philosophy dominant in Anglophone countries. His initial focus is on the three most important philosophers who came to prominence in the 1960s: Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Derrida. He sets out the educational and cultural context of their work, as a basis for a detailed treatment of how they formulated and began to carry outtheir philosophical projects in the 1960s and 1970s. He gives a fresh assessment of their responses to the key influences of Hegel and Heidegger, and the fraught relationship of the new generation to their father-figure Sartre. He concludes that Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuze can all be seen asdeveloping their fundamental philosophical stances out of distinctive readings of Nietzsche. The second part of the book considers topics and philosophers that became prominent in the 1980s and 1990s, such as the revival of ethics in Levinas, Derrida, and Foucault, the return to phenomenology andits use to revive religious experience as a philosophical topic, and Alain Badiou's new ontology of the event. Finally Gutting brings to the fore the meta-philosophical theme of the book, that French philosophy since the 1960s has been primarily concerned with thinking the impossible.

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The late 20th century saw a remarkable flourishing of philosophy in France. The work of French philosophers is wide ranging, historically informed, often reaching out beyond the boundaries of philosophy; they are public intellectuals, taken seriously as contributors to debates outside theacademy. Gary Gutting tells the story of the dev...

Gary Gutting is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I1. Philosophical Educations2. The Hegelian Challenge3. Footnotes to Heidegger? The "Master Thinker" in Recent French Philosophy4. Whatever Happened to Existentialism?5. How They All Are NietzscheansPart II6. The Turn to Ethics: Levinas and Deleuze7. The Turn to Ethics: Derrida, Levinas, and Foucault8. Phenomenology, Religion, and Incomprehensibility: Derrida and Marion9. Alain Badiou: Ontology, Ethics, and Incomprehensibility10. Conclusion: Thinking the Impossible

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"a fine introduction" --The Observer