Between Philosophy and Non-Philosophy

The Thought and Legacy of Hugh J. Silverman

Edited by Donald A. Landes, Leonard Lawlor, and Peter Gratton

Subjects: Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology, Philosophy, Post Structuralism, Hermeneutics
Paperback : 9781438463360, 254 pages, July 2017
Hardcover : 9781438463353, 254 pages, November 2016

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Table of contents


1. Introduction
Donald A. Landes
Part 1. Inscriptions and Textualities: Silverman’s Deconstructive Practice

2. Enacting the “Between”: Silverman and Continental Philosophy
Gary E. Aylesworth

3. Between Inscriptions: Intertextuality as Philosophical Method
Donald A. Landes

4. Autobiographical Textualities: Hugh J. Silverman on Writing the Self
Galen A. Johnson
Part 2. Silverman and Derrida: Justice/Hospitality/Writing

5. In Memoriam—An Indecidable: For HJS
Michael Naas

6. Of Philosophy, Friendship, and Justice
Debra Bergoffen

7. Return to Sender: The Atopia and Non-Synchronicity of Autobiographizing
Eduardo Mendieta
Part 3. Postmodern Heroes, Subjects, and Responsibilities

8. The Space-in-Between: The Frame and Excess in the Thought of Hugh J. Silverman
Leonard Lawlor

9. From the Death of the Subject to Stories of Natality: Foucault, Arendt, and Silverman
Ewa Płonowska Ziarek

10. The Murderer, the Journalist, and the Responsibility between Us
Peter Gratton

11. Postmodernisms: On a Posthumous Book
Gertrude Postl
Part 4. Care/Time/Community: Remembering Hugh J. Silverman

12. Hugh Silverman’s Cosmopolitan Hospitality
Kelly Oliver

13. Hugh—Taking Time and Taking Care
Edward S. Casey

14. The Silverman Network
Gail Weiss


15. The Final Between—Being Inbetween Self: Epigrams Inbetween Epigraphs and Epitaphs
Lee Silverman

Selected Bibliography of Works by Hugh J. Silverman
Kathleen Hulley

Works Cited

Engages the work and career of the philosopher Hugh J. Silverman.


Hugh J. Silverman was an inspiring scholar and teacher, known for his work engaging and shaping phenomenology, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, structuralism, poststructuralism, and deconstruction. As Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University, State University of New York, Silverman's work was marked by "the between," a concept he developed to think the postmodern in the space between philosophy and non-philosophy. In this volume, leading scholars explore and extend Silverman's philosophical contributions, from reflections on the notions of care, time, and responsibility, to presentations of the practices and possibilities of deconstruction itself. They provide an assessment of Silverman's life and work at the intersection of philosophy, ethics, and politics.

Donald A. Landes is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Université Laval, Québec. He is the author of several books, including Merleau-Ponty and the Paradoxes of Expression and The Merleau-Ponty Dictionary, as well as the translator of Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception. Leonard Lawlor is Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University. He is the author and editor of many books, including Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy. Peter Gratton is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the author of The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity and the coeditor (with Marie-Eve Morin) of Jean-Luc Nancy and Plural Thinking: Expositions of World, Ontology, Politics, and Sense, both also published by SUNY Press.