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Author Busch, Thomas W., 1937-

Title Circulating being : from embodiment to incorporation : essays on late existentialism / Thomas W. Busch
Edition First edition
Published New York : Fordham University Press, 1999
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 140 pages)
Series Perspectives in continental philosophy, 1089-3938 ; no. 7
Perspectives in continental philosophy ; no. 7. 1089-3938
Contents 1. Albert Camus: Absurdity, Solidarity, and Difference 1 -- 2. Gabriel Marcel: Reflection as Interpretation 28 -- 3. Jean-Paul Sartre and Judith Butler: Phenomenological and Poststructuralist Existentialism 43 -- 4. Sartre on Language and Politics (with Reference to Particularity) 62 -- 5. Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Alterity and Dialogue 80 -- 6. Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur on Perception, Finitude, and Transgression 107 -- Conclusion: Consensus or Creation? 127
Summary "Existentialism has come to be identified as a critical, reactionary way of thinking, celebrating the individual, freedom, embodiment, and the limits of rationality and systematic theorizing. For the most part this assessment is true of the early and, by now, "classical" works of existentialism, those that first burst upon the philosophical and cultural scene. Circulating Being centers on the later works of several well-known French existentialists (Camus, Marcel, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty) to trace out the development of their existential thinking about language, communicative life, ethics, and politics. This development "from embodiment to incorporation" carries existentialism beyond identification with the mere reactionary and reveals how, while prefiguring postmodernism in important ways, the existential thinkers dealt with here reveal themselves to be reconstructive of the Western tradition. This is apparent in the growing appreciation of difference in their late works along with a reluctance to surrender the ideal of unity, and in their reappropriation of truth and justice while repudiating a totalizing metaphysics."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 131-133) and index
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Subject Existentialism.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 99031411
ISBN 0585171068 (electronic bk.)
9780585171067 (electronic bk.)