This book gives a critical assessment of key developments in contemporary French philosophy, highlighting the diverse ways in which recent French thought has moved beyond the philosophical positions and arguments which have been widely associated with the terms 'post-structuralism' and 'postmodernism'. These developments are assessed through a close comparative reading of the work of seven contemporary thinkers: Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Luc Nancy, Bernard Stiegler, Catherine Malabou, Jacques Ranciere, Alain Badiou and Francois Laruelle.
The book situates the writing of each philosopher in relation to earlier traditions of French thought. In differing ways, these philosophers decisively distance themselves from the linguistic paradigm which dominated so much twentieth-century thought in order to rethink philosophical conceptions of materiality, worldliness, shared embodied existence and human agency or subjectivity. They thereby open the way for a radical renewal of the claims, possibilities and transformative power of philosophical thinking itself.
This book will be an indispensable text for students of philosophy and for anyone interested in current developments in philosophy and social thought.
Ian James is university lecturer in the Department of French at the University of Cambridge.
Acknowledgements Introduction: The Demands of Thought 1 Jean-Luc Marion: Appearing and Givenness 2 Jean-Luc Nancy: The Infinity of Sense 3 Bernard Stiegler: The Time of Technics 4 Catherine Malabou: The Destiny of Form 5 Jacques Ranciere: The Space of Equality 6 Alain Badiou: The Science of the Real 7 Francois Laruelle: Beginning with the One Conclusion: The Technique of Thought Notes Bibliography