By Tilottama Rajan, Michael J. O'Driscoll
Every historical past of thought is at the same time a concept of heritage. Rajan and O'Driscoll's wide-ranging quantity tackles the difficulty of offering an highbrow heritage of conception, given a substantial continuity among thought and the historical past of rules, and in addition given theory's personal wondering of conventional highbrow ancient versions. The editors deal with this problem by way of supplying 13 essays on various theorists from Derrida to Zizek. lower than the paradigms of family tree, performativity, body structure, and know-how, the essayists discover metaphors for connecting the paintings of theorists from varied occasions, which are drawn from parts except background, and which could increase and revise our figuring out of the histories of idea.
Not purely do those essays replicate the effect on writing approximately idea - and by way of extension on highbrow historical past - in components similar to psychoanalysis, philosophy, literature, and cultural stories, yet also they are an exploration of subject and scenario - the writing of highbrow heritage after the linguistic flip and the poststructuralist critique. Written for the speculation experts, in addition to highbrow historians and people within the humanities and social sciences who're interested by severe idea, the essays symbolize a re-assessment of the present country of idea, as addressed through prime students within the field.
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On this height, 'the mere contingencies of immediate individuality disappear' (111:522). This formulation, however, will once again prove troublesome. True, we are inclined to honour the idea of an individual tragic consciousness stripped of 'the mere contingencies of immediate individuality,' and one could think of Holderlin's eliminating from the first, the Frankfurtplan of his Empedokles-tragedy, the quarrel that first drives Empedokles out of the house and up onto Aetna (Holderlin 21). But as soon as the factor of subjectivity is described in a different register, and what is stripped from the individual tragic consciousness is 'subjectivity as such, in its unbounded freedom and self-determination' (emphasis added) (111:520) and subjectivity in 'its infinite [self]-certainty (111:527), then we will find little to honour in this idea of the tragic consciousness.
If one considers length as the bridging of distance, then 'the negation, expelled from the segment and its length, takes refuge in the two limits' of a line that 'does not extend beyond this point' (54). Sartre seems compelled to find the negative in every situation, however one sees it: nothingness, he says, 'lies coiled in the heart of being - like a worm' (56). Sartre writes of negation, nothingness, non-being, and nihilation. As if these terms are inadequate he invents a further term, negatites, to signify the 'transcendent' or primal nature of nothingnesses that nevertheless arise only in situations of engagement 'in the world' (59).
After Poststructuralism: Writing the Intellectual History of Theory by Tilottama Rajan, Michael J. O'Driscoll