SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy

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Dialogue on the Threshold

A reconstruction and critical interpretation of Heidegger's remarkable relationship with to the poet Georg Trakl.

Plato's Stranger

Meditation on the character of the Eleatic Stranger in Plato's late dialogues, arguing that the prominent place afforded to this foreigner—the other—represents an important philosophical and political legacy regarding the way thought, and life in the community, is understood.

Heidegger and the Human

Original and critical essays by leading scholars on the question of the human in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger.

In the Brightness of Place

Drawing on a range of sources in philosophy and literature, but with particular reference to the work of Heidegger, makes a compelling case for the importance of place in philosophical discourse.

Of an Alien Homecoming

The first book-length study in English of the Heidegger-Hölderlin relation, addressing the tension between Heidegger's political commitments during National Socialism and Hölderlin's ideal of poetic dwelling.

Normality, Abnormality, and Pathology in Merleau-Ponty

Drawing on Merleau-Ponty offers new insights into our understandings of health and illness, ability and disability, and the scientific and cultural practices that both enable and limit our capacity for diverse experiences.

Contribution to the Correction of the Public's Judgments on the French Revolution

First translation into English of Fichte’s major work on the French Revolution.

Adult Life

Drawing from philosophy and psychology, offers a clear and compelling interpretation of what it means to be an adult.

Merleau-Ponty at the Gallery

A study of the significance of the visual arts in Merleau-Ponty's aesthetics in relation to the work of five artists not known or discussed by him.

The World after the End of the World

Examines themes of loss and mourning in the late work of Derrida.

The Voice of Misery

A systematic study of testimony rooted in contemporary continental philosophy and drawing on literary case studies.

Eckhart, Heidegger, and the Imperative of Releasement

Provides the first systematic interpretation of Heidegger’s relation to Eckhart, centering on the idea that we must release ourselves in order to know the truth.

Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Philosophy

Assesses the importance of Merleau-Ponty to current and ongoing concerns in contemporary philosophy.

Philosophers and Their Poets

Examines the role that poets and the poetic word play in the formation of philosophical thinking in the modern German tradition.

Merleau-Ponty between Philosophy and Symbolism

Argues that symbolism is an important and unique element of Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology.

Philosophy-Screens

Draws from twentieth-century French thought on film and aesthetics to address the philosophical significance of the pervasiveness of screens in contemporary technological life as well as the mutation of philosophy that such a pervasiveness seems to require.

The Cudgel and the Caress

Offers philosophical and psychological reflections on cruelty and tenderness.

The Ages of the World (1811)

The first English translation of the first of three versions of this unfinished work by Schelling.

Remnants of Hegel

An original philosophical exploration of the limits of Hegel's thought.

Aesthetic Reason and Imaginative Freedom

Shows the relevance of Schiller’s thought for contemporary philosophy, particularly aesthetics, ethics, and politics.

Statement on the True Relationship of the Philosophy of Nature to the Revised Fichtean Doctrine

Schelling's 1806 polemic against Fichte, and his last major work on the philosophy of nature.

Adorno's Poetics of Form

A critical study of the concept of form in Adorno’s writings on art and literature.

On the Essence of Language

This important early Heidegger text sheds new light on his later focus on language.

For Foucault

Calls for a Foucauldian approach to political thought that is intrinsically resistant to power and subordination to public policy.

God and the Self in Hegel

Argues that Hegel’s conception of God and the self holds the key to overcoming subjectivism in both philosophy of religion and metaphysics.

Biodeconstruction

Analyzes Derrida’s 1975 seminar “La vie la mort” as a deconstruction of biology with relevance to his work more broadly.

Plato's Statesman

Explores the interplay between the dramatic form of the dialogue and the basic themes it addresses.

Freedom from the Free Will

Brings Kafka’s fiction into conversation with philosophy and political theory.

Virtue in Being

A radical rethinking of ethics set within the development of a philosophical anthropology.

The Tragedy of Philosophy

Reframes philosophical understanding of, and engagement with, tragedy.

Poetic Fragments

Bilingual English-German edition of second collection published by the German poet, dramatist, and philosopher Karoline von Günderrode (1780–1806).

Without the Least Tremor

A reading of the death of Socrates as a self-sacrifice, with implications for ideas about suffering, wisdom, and the soul’s relationship to the body.

Schelling's Practice of the Wild

Reconsiders the contemporary relevance of Schelling’s radical philosophical and religious ecology.

Lectures on the Theory of Ethics (1812)

Lectures from the late period of Fichte’s career, never before available in English.

The Flesh of Images

Highlights Merleau-Ponty’s interest in film and connects it to his aesthetic theory.

Ecstasy, Catastrophe

Lectures on ecstatic temporality and on Heidegger’s political legacy.

Deconstruction, Its Force, Its Violence

A reappraisal of deconstruction from one of its leading commentators, focusing on the themes of force and violence.

Sparks Will Fly

Collected essays consider points of affinity and friction between Walter Benjamin and Martin Heidegger.

Towards a Relational Ontology

An original philosophical account of relational ontology drawing on the work of Descartes, Kant, Fichte, Hegel, and Heidegger.

The Origin of Time

A critical examination of the relationship between the philosophies of Martin Heidegger and Henri Bergson, focusing on the central issue of time.

Complicated Presence

A synthetic assessment of Heidegger’s entire path of thinking as a radical attempt to thematize and rethink the fundamental notions of unity dominating the Western metaphysical tradition.

Sacrifice in the Post-Kantian Tradition

An examination of the philosophical notion of sacrifice from Kant to Nietzsche.

Phantoms of the Other

Features a reconstruction of an unfinished text by Jacques Derrida from his most penetrating series of readings of Heidegger’s philosophy.

Between Levinas and Heidegger

Investigates the philosophical relationship between Levinas and Heidegger in a nonpolemical context, engaging some of philosophy’s most pressing issues.

Res Publica

Analysis of Plato’s influence on the political thinking of Kant, Hegel, and Fichte.

Klee's Mirror

A philosophical perspective on the relation between Paul Klee’s art and his thought.

Catastrophe and Redemption

Offers a striking new reading of Agamben’s political thought and its implications for political action in the present.

The Barbarian Principle

Essays exploring a rich intersection between phenomenology and idealism with contemporary relevance.

In the Spirit of Critique

Offers a new perspective on the political significance of the Hegelian dialectical legacy.

Thinking the Poetic Measure of Justice

A new reading of justice engaging the work of two philosophical poets who stand in conversation with the work of Martin Heidegger.

The Other Plato

Collected writings on Plato’s unwritten teachings.

The Sense of Space

A phenomenological account of spatial perception in relation to the lived body.

David Hume

An original, rigorous, and daring reappraisal and recategorization of David Hume.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

The definitive scholarly edition of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg’s philosophical aphorisms.

The Closed Commercial State

Critical scholarly edition of J. G. Fichte's Closed Commercial State

Utopia of Understanding

A hermeneutics of language after Auschwitz.

The Philosophical Rupture between Fichte and Schelling

Correspondence and texts by Fichte and Schelling illuminate their thought and the trajectory of their philosophical falling out.

Schelling's Organic Form of Philosophy

Locates in Schelling a new understanding of our relation to nature in philosophy.

Reading Kant's Geography

Perspectives on Kant's teachings on geography and how they relate his understanding of the world.

An Unprecedented Deformation

Philosophical interpretation of Proust based on the work of Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze.

Objectivity

Appearing for the first time in English, Günter Figal’s groundbreaking book in the tradition of philosophical hermeneutics offers original perspectives on perennial philosophical problems.

Heidegger's Neglect of the Body

Challenges conventional understandings of Heidegger’s account of the body.

Being and Time

A revised translation of Heidegger's most important work.

Sense and Finitude

Takes Heidegger’s later thought as a point of departure for exploring the boundaries of post-conceptual thinking.

Logic as the Question Concerning the Essence of Language

Aims to transform logic into a reflection on the nature of language.

Schelling's Dialogical Freedom Essay

Explores Schelling’s Essay on Human Freedom, focusing on the themes of freedom, evil, and love, and the relationship between his ideas and those of Plato and Kant.

The Death of Empedocles

The definitive scholarly edition and new translation of all three versions of Hölderlin’s poem, The Death of Empedocles, and his related theoretical essays.

Rethinking Facticity

Examines the historical context and contemporary relevance of facticity.

The Ends of Solidarity

An in-depth look at the theory of solidarity of German philosopher Jürgen Habermas, serving also as a comprehensive introduction to his work.

Bearing Witness to Epiphany

Makes the novel argument that erotic life is the real sphere of human freedom.

Ellipsis

Examines poetic language in the work of Heidegger, Hölderlin, and Blanchot.

Adorno

Examines the role of experience within Adorno’s philosophy of language and epistemology.

Historical-critical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mythology

Appearing in English for the first time, Schelling’s 1842 lectures develop the idea that many philosophical concepts are born of religious-mythological notions.

Sartre and Adorno

Systematic comparison of Sartre and Adorno that focuses on their theories of the subject.

The Grounding of Positive Philosophy

The first English translation of Schelling’s final “existential system.”

Such a Deathly Desire

Provocative essays on language, literature, and the aesthetics of embodiment.

Epochal Discordance

Examines the German poet Hölderlin’s philosophical insights into tragedy.

Words in Blood, Like Flowers

A philosophical exploration of the power that poetry, music, and the erotic have on us.

Tragedies of Spirit

Examines tragedy in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit.

The Time of Life

Explores the notion of ēthos in Heidegger’s thought.

Unquiet Understanding

Argues that Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics merits a radical reappraisal.

The Things Themselves

Essays on phenomenological encounters with the world.

The Bodily Dimension in Thinking

An ontology of bodily being featuring Plato, Nietzsche, Scheler, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, and Foucault.

Madness and Death in Philosophy

Demonstrates the significance of the concepts of madness and death for the history of philosophy.

Heidegger and Rhetoric

Leading scholars address Heidegger’s 1924 lecture course, “Basic Concepts of Aristotelian Philosophy. ”

The Promise of Memory

Argues for a closer connection between memories of injustice and promises of justice as a means to overcome violence.

Heidegger and Aristotle

Interprets Heidegger’s phenomenological reading of Aristotle’s philosophy.

Nietzsche and Embodiment

Examines the significance of Nietzsche’s writings for contemporary debates about embodiment.

The Step Back

Explores the ethical and political possibilities of philosophy after deconstruction.

Lyrical and Ethical Subjects

A wide-ranging attempt to develop a theory of ethical life from a hermeneutic understanding of language.

Sojourns

Heidegger's philosophical journal, written during his first visit to Greece in 1962, and appearing here in English for the first time.

The Science of Knowing

The first English translation of Fichte’s second set of 1804 lectures on the Wissenschaftslehre.

The Gathering of Reason

This second edition of the author's classic study of Kant's First Critique includes a new preface and extensive afterword.

Platonic Legacies

Demonstrates how archaic Platonism has a profound significance for contemporary thought.

Questioning Platonism

Explores interpretations of Plato by Heidegger, Derrida, Irigaray, Cavarero, and Gadamer.

Hegel and Contemporary Continental Philosophy

Twenty-three of the most important writings by contemporary continental thinkers on the work of Hegel.

Deleuze's Wake

Focuses on Deleuze's style, his conception of the self, and his understanding of philosophy's relationship to the arts.

First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature

Schelling's first systematic attempt to articulate a complete philosophy of nature.