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Author Rose, Gillian, author

Title The broken middle : out of our ancient society / Gillian Rose
Published Oxford : Blackwell, 1992
Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, Massachusetts : Blackwell Publishers, 1992


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Description xv, 336 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction: Diremption of Spirit -- From the Middle in the Beginning -- Personae of the System Kierkegaard, Hegel and Blanchot -- Unscientific Beginning -- Dialectical Lyric -- Crisis in the Life of an Actress -- Code and Commentary -- Duplexity and Duplicity -- Illusory Fragments -- Regina and Felice--In Repetition of Her Kierkegaard and Kafka -- Confession and Authority -- From the True Antagonist -- Commandment or Curse? -- Failing towards Form -- Anxiety of Beginning Kierkegaard, Freud and Lacan -- Beginning of Anxiety -- It is Sown a Natural Body -- It is Raised a Spiritual Body -- Ruin of Ethical Life -- From the Beginning in the Middle -- Repetition in the Feast Mann and Girard -- Myth out of the Hands of the Fascists -- Tradition and Prophecy in the Severe and in the Facetious Style -- Violence-in-Love -- Love and the State Varnhagen, Luxemburg and Arendt -- Suspending the Political -- Droits de la femme/Droits de la citoyenne -- Nation-State and Violence -- New Political Theology--Out of Holocaust and Liberation Levinas, Rosenzweig and Fackenheim -- Violence and Halacha -- New Jerusalem Old Athens: The Holy Middle -- Social Utopianism--Architectural Illusion -- Preface: Pathos of the Concept
Summary The Broken Middle offers a startlingly original rethinking of the modern philosophical tradition and fundamentally rejects the anti-philosophy and anti-theory of post-modernity. Extending across the disciplines from philosophy to theology, Judaica, law, social and political theory, literary criticism, feminism and architecture, this book stakes itself on a renewed potential for sustained critique. Against the grain of much contemporary thought, this work of criticism offers the reader a way beyond the spurious alternatives of "totalization" or acknowledgement of the "other". The Broken Middle expounds the phenomenology of the diremption of law and ethics. By reconstructing the suppressed political history of modernity, it shows that contemporary thought belongs to a tradition which has become ancient. Following this drama in the configuration of anxiety of beginning, equivocation of the ethical, and agon of authorship, the logos opens out of the pathos of the concept. -- Publisher description
Analysis Philosophy
Notes Erratum slip inserted
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-323) and index
Subject Ethics.
Law -- Philosophy.
Philosophy, Modern.
LC no. 91023667
ISBN 063116359X (alkaline paper)
0631182217 (paperback)