Explores the concept of historical intermittency in 5 recent French philosophers Stoking the embers of French Hegelianism, this book looks at five recent and contemporary French philosophers: Badiou, Jambet, Lardreau, Francoise Proust and Ranciere. Each produces a post-Hegelian philosophy of history founded on an assertion of the intermittency of historical value. * a sustained reflection on the character of a contemporary philosophy of history * a new and timely theory of modernity, modern literature and art Key words: Badiou; Ranciere; Francoise Proust; Jambet; Lardreau; modern literature; post-Marxism; intermittency; contemporary political thought; French philosophy.
Andrew Gibson is Research Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a member of the Conseil scientifique of the College international de philosophie in Paris. He is the author of Beckett and Badious: The Pathos of Intermittenccy (Oxford University Press, 2006), James Joyce: A Critical Life (Reaktion, 2006) and Towards a Postmodern Theory of Narrative (EUP, 1996).
Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Preface, Jean-Jacques Lecercle; Introduction; Kojeve's Hegel; An Anti-Schematics of Historical Reason; Sartre: History and Hysteresis; The Example of Orwell; 1. The Logic of Intermittency: Alain Badiou; The Structure of Intermittency; Inexistents; Custos, Quid Noctis?; The Example of Flaubert; 2. Sporadic Modernity: Francoise Proust; The Beginnings of Modernity; Catastrophe in Permanence; Explosions of Justice; The Example of Wordsworth; 3. A Counter-Phenomenology of Spirit: Christian Jambet; The Great Resurrection of Alamut; The Paradoxical One; The Dark Event; The Example of Rimbaud; 4. Alternances Indepassables: Guy Lardreau; The Remains of History; Kanto-Lacanianism; Art and the Moment of Spirit; The Example of Kleist; 5. Intermittency and Melancholy: Jacques Ranciere; Egalitarian and Democratic Events; Historical Decompositions; Aesthetics and Partage; The Example of Rossellini; Conclusion: Prolegomena for a Critical Synthesis; Badiou and Speculative Realism; The Question of Rarity; The Unerasable Conviction; The Necessity of Literature; The Example of Sebald; Appendix: Lardreau: Philosophization, Negation and Veracity; Bibliography; Index.