Deconstructive Subjectivities

Edited by Simon Critchley & Peter Dews

Subjects: Continental Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791427248, 257 pages, March 1996
Hardcover : 9780791427231, 257 pages, March 1996

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Table of contents

Sources and Acknowledgments

1. Introduction
Simon Critchley and Peter Dews

2. Prolegomena to Any Post-Deconstructive Subjectivity
Simon Critchley

3. The Question of Subjectivity in Heidegger's Being and Time
Dominique Janicaud

4. Dropping--The "Subject" of Authenticity: Being and Time on Disappearing Existentials and True Friendship with Being
Rudi Visker

5. The Final Appeal of the Subject
Jean-Luc Mario

6. Rethinking the History of the Subject: Jacobi, Schelling, and Heidegger
Andrew Bowie

7. Identity and Subjectivity
Manfred Frank

8. The Truth of the Subject: Language, Validity, and Transcendence in Lacan and Habermas
Peter Dews

9. The Other in Myself
Rudolf Bernet

10. Law, Guilt, and Subjectivity: Some Reflections on Freud, Nancy, and Derrida
Philippe Van Haute

11. Do We Still Want to be Subjects?
Ute Guzzoni

Notes on Contributors


Explores the meanings of subjectivity in continental philosophy in the wake of post-structuralism and critical theory.

Simon Critchley is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Essex, England. He is the author of The Ethics of Deconstruction and Very Little. ..Almost Nothing. He is co-editor of Re-reading Levinas; Emmanuel Levinas: Basic Philosophical Writings; and editor of Blackwell's Companion to Continental Philosophy. Peter Dews is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Essex. He is the author of Logics of Disintegration and of The Limits of Disenchantment. He is editor of Jurgen Habermas, Autonomy and Solidarity: Interviews and of Habermas: A Critical Reader.


"Critchley and Dews have assembled an impressive collection of essays that focus on one of many splits within contemporary continental philosophy. But the purpose of this collection is not to exacerbate an already contentious scene. The purpose is to demonstrate surprising similarities and convictions traversing divergent approaches and traditions. More directly, Critchley and Dews set out to display, between the divergent traditions influenced by Heidegger, Habermas, Lacan, and Derrida, a strange alliance for the overcoming of the subject. Critchley and Dews have succeeded in attaining this goal. " -- Gayle L. Ormiston, Kent State University

"This is an outstanding collection of essays by some of the most talented and important figures now working in continental philosophy--not all of them well known in this country. The essays address a family of questions that many are struggling with across a range of disciplines and traditions--the chief problem being that philosophy (of a certain kind) can celebrate the achievement of its critique of the subject, but the achievement has produced a good deal of theoretical, not to say practical, confusion in political and social theory, the relations of politics and ethics, feminist thinking, and cultural studies. This volume of essays will give orientation to a wide range of debates. " -- Gerald L. Bruns, William & Hazel White Professor of English, University of Notre Dame