Postmodernism and Continental Philosophy

Edited by Hugh J. Silverman & Donn Welton

Subjects: Postmodernism
Series: SUNY series, Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Paperback : 9780887065224, 259 pages, April 1988
Hardcover : 9780887065217, 259 pages, April 1988

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Table of contents

Hugh J. Silverman

I. Psychoanalytic Discourse of the Speaking Subject

1. "On Melancholic Imagination"
Julia Kristeva

II. Language and Desire

2. "Substitution"
Alphonso Lingis

3."Desire: Language and Body"
M.C. Dillon

4. "Engorged Philosophy II"
David Farrell Krell

III. The Limits of Representation

5. "Representation and Its Limits in Descartes"
Dalia Judovitz

6. "Hegelian Dialectic and the Limits of Representation"
Deborah Chaffin

7. "Heidegger and the Limits of Representation"
Dorothea Olkowski

IV. Overcoming Metaphysics and the Revaluation of Values

8. "Heidegger on Nietzsche: The Question of Value"
Dick White

9. "Devaluation and Destruction: On the End of Metaphysics and the Revaluation of All Values
Richard Taft

10. "Foucault and Nietzsche: Affectivity and the Will to Power"
Garth Gillan

V. Re-Writing Patriarchy

11. "Women Recovering Our Clothes, Perhaps"
Iris Marion Young

12. "Logic and Patriarchy"
Craig R. Vasey

13. "(Re)Writing Patriarchical Texts: The Symposium
Barbara Freeman

VI. Archaeology of Deconstruction

14. "Rereading Deconstruction (Today?)"
Christie V. McDonald

15. "Genealogy and/as Deconstruction: Nietzsche, Derrida, and Foucault on Philosophy as Critique"
Alan D. Schrift

16. "Deconstructing, Fort/Derrida"
John O'Neill

VII. The Future of Postmodernism

17. "Postmodernism: It's Future Perfect"
Andrew J. McKenna

18. "Postmodernism's Short Letter: Philosophy's Long Farewell..."
Wilhelm S. Wurzer


About the Editors


The volume begins with a major statement by the French feminist culture critic Julia Kristeva and includes essays by well-known and also younger continental philosophers writing in the North American context and reassessing the European heritage, its limits and effective futures.

The future of postmodernism is assessed in terms of key themes: from the language of desire, the limits of representation, and the revaluation of values, to the feminist rewriting of patriarchy and the critical archeology of deconstruction. Eighteen essays review the postmodernist difference inscribed in modern philosophy. Traditional concerns and preoccupations—the subject, the will, the body, language, representation, and metaphysics—are placed in question through re-readings of rationalist, dialectical, psychoanalytic, aesthetic, and patriarchical values incorporated into modernist thinking. The figures of Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, and Derrida are treated in their multiple facets, and in relation to their importance for postmodernism within the continental philosophical framework.