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.

Heidegger and the Human

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

Nietzsche in Hollywood

Argues that Nietzsche’s idea of the Übermensch was a central concern of filmmakers in the 1920s and 1930s.

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.

Event of Signature

In dialogue with Derrida, formulates a new philosophical problem - a complex aporia that underlines the topic of the handwritten as a sign of legal identification.

Saying Peace

Offers an immanent critique of Levinas’s core philosophical proposals by reference to his allegedly eurocentric statements.

Literature and Skepticism

Examines the skeptical foundations of literature in order to reassess the status of fiction.

The Writing of Innocence

An original reading of Blanchot's thought with far-reaching philosophical and literary implications.

Rethinking Life

Fourteen Italian philosophers reflect on how the global experience of vulnerability and precariousness—of which the Covid-19 pandemic is but one example—compels us to rethink life and collective living.

Between Celan and Heidegger

Probing reassessment of the relation between Celan's poetry and Heidegger's thought.

A Black Forest Walden

Compares life today in the German Black Forest with Thoreau's experiences at Walden Pond.

Antigone's Sisters

An original and innovative exploration of Antigone, femininity, and love in various cosmological, philosophical, and theological contexts.

A Philosophical Defense of Culture

Draws on two different but strikingly similar streams in our world tradition to argue for the contemporary philosophical relevance of “culture.”

The Play of Light

Juxtaposes five contemporary French poets, illuminating the philosophical elements of their work while making their sometimes difficult writing newly accessible.

Thinking Faith after Christianity

Examines theological motifs in the work of Jan Patočka, drawing out their implications for contemporary theology and philosophy of religion.

The Voice of Misery

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

Thinking Difference with Heidegger and Levinas

Highlights the extent to which the two thinkers share a common philosophical framework, while also demonstrating how Levinas shifts the orientation of philosophical thinking from truth to justice.

Adult Life

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

E-Co-Affectivity

Offers an interdisciplinary investigation of affectivity in various forms of life.

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 Movement of Showing

Explores why Derrida, Hegel, and Heidegger conceive their thought as a “movement” rather than as a presentation of results or conclusions, and of the consequences of such an indirect method for critique and responsibility.

Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Philosophy

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

Subjects That Matter

Argues for postcoloniality as a model for philosophical practice.

The Lily's Tongue

Examines four discourses by Kierkegaard, arguing that they play a critical and surprising role in his oeuvre and contribute to the philosophy of figural language.

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.

Revolutionary Time

Examines the relationship between time and sexual difference in the work of French feminists Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray.

Bergson and History

Explores the philosophy of history of Henri Bergson and shows its relevance to contemporary historical thought.

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 between Philosophy and Symbolism

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

The Cudgel and the Caress

Offers philosophical and psychological reflections on cruelty and tenderness.

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.

Love and Violence

A critical, philosophical engagement of the psychological structures that propagate the continued oppression of women.

The Little Crystalline Seed

Shows how contemporary French philosophy adopted this literary paradigm and argues for its significance for addressing concerns in ethics, ontology, and aesthetics.

Face to Face with Animals

Edited by Peter Atterton & Tamra Wright
Subjects: Philosophy

Explores Levinas’s approach to animal ethics from a range of perspectives.

The Ages of the World (1811)

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

Beyond the Subject

An original reading of Nietzsche and Heidegger that paved the way for Vattimo's conception of weak thought.

Aesthetic Reason and Imaginative Freedom

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

Remnants of Hegel

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

Roberto Esposito

Analyzes key concepts and arguments in the work of one of Europe’s leading philosophers.

Atomistic Intuitions

An English translation of Bachelard's sixth book, in which he seeks to develop a metaphysical context for modern atomistic science.

The Other in Perception

By Susan Bredlau
Subjects: Philosophy

Demonstrates the unique, pervasive, and overwhelmingly important role of other people within our lived experience.

The Adventure of Weak Theology

Štofaník provides a unique, personal reading of weak theology and tries to inhabit the gap between it and its “founder,” John D. Caputo.

Thinking the Inexhaustible

Essays address the major themes of Pareyson’s hermeneutic philosophy in the context of his existentialist approach to personhood.

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.

Germs of Death

An analysis of Derrida’s early work engaging Plato, Hegel, and the life sciences.

The Symbolic Order of the Mother

Argues that affirming the irreducible differences between men and women can lead to more transformative politics than the struggle for abstract equality between the sexes.

Storytelling

An innovative philosophical meditation on the muteness of Holocaust survivors and the human faculty of storytelling.

Adorno's Poetics of Form

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

The Essentialist Villain

By Mikko Tuhkanen
Subjects: Literature

The first book-length study of Bersani’s work, tracing the unfolding of his onto-ethics/aesthetics amidst numerous literary, artistic, and philosophical influences.

The Split God

Offers a critical Pentecostal philosophy of God that challenges orthodox Christianity.

Inheritance in Psychoanalysis

Anthology of recent, cutting-edge work in psychoanalysis and philosophy on the concept of inheritance.

Adventures in Phenomenology

Repositions Bachelard as a critical and integral part of contemporary continental philosophy.

Biodeconstruction

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

For Foucault

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

Think Like an Archipelago

A career-spanning assessment of Glissant’s work as a philosophical project.

Plato's Statesman

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

The Debt of the Living

An analysis of theological and philosophical understandings of debt and its role in contemporary capitalism.

Toward a Non-humanist Humanism

Assesses the limits and possibilities of humanism for engaging with issues of pressing political and cultural concern.

Containing Community

Analyzes the role of community in the writings of Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, and Jean-Luc Nancy.

The Tragedy of Philosophy

Reframes philosophical understanding of, and engagement with, tragedy.

Gaston Bachelard, Revised and Updated

Comprehensive overview of the entire spectrum of works by one of twentieth-century France’s most original thinkers.

Poetic Fragments

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

Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World

By Glen A. Mazis
Subjects: Philosophy

Assesses Merleau-Ponty’s contribution to ethics as calling for a poetic interplay between perception and imagination, and between silence and solidarity, that reveals our place in the world, and our obligations to ourselves and others.

Freedom from the Free Will

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

Between Philosophy and Non-Philosophy

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

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.

Deconstruction, Its Force, Its Violence

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

Existence and Heritage

Explores overlapping concerns and themes in African(a) and continental philosophy.

Contemporary Italian Political Philosophy

Highlights and critically assesses the work of contemporary Italian political philosophers.

Ecstasy, Catastrophe

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

Revivals

By William Robert
Subjects: Philosophy

Presents new ways of thinking about the human and the humanities through a rethinking of Antigone.

The Question of the Other

Introduces the phenomenology of the Other, taking into account the work of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Schutz, and Derrida, but mostly going back to things themselves.

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.

Sparks Will Fly

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

Naturalizing Heidegger

Explores the evolution of Heidegger’s thinking about nature and its relevance for environmental ethics.

Sacrifice in the Post-Kantian Tradition

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

A Man of Little Faith

By Michel Deguy
Edited and translated by Christopher Elson
Introduction by Christopher Elson
Contributions by Jean-Luc Nancy
Subjects: Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary French Thought

A poetic and philosophical negotiation of the alternatives of atheism and religious faith.

Between Levinas and Heidegger

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

Apropos of Nothing

Everything you wanted to know about the Lacanian critique of deconstruction, but were afraid to ask the Coen Brothers.

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.

Nihilism and Metaphysics

An assessment and reevaluation of nihilism’s ascendency over metaphysics.

Lacan's Ethics and Nietzsche's Critique of Platonism

Brings Lacan and Nietzsche together as part of a common effort to rethink the tradition of Western ethics.

Moments of Disruption

By Kris Sealey
Subjects: Philosophy

Explores the ethical and political implications of Levinas’s and Sartre’s accounts of human existence.

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.

Ontological Humility

Explores ontological humility in the history of philosophy, from Descartes to contemporary gender and race theory.

Wonder and Generosity

A compelling understanding of equality and difference in public life.

Derrida and Joyce

All of Derrida’s texts on Joyce together under one cover in fresh, new translations, along with key essays covering the range of Derrida’s engagement with Joyce’s works.

Weak Thought

Foundational collection on one of the most influential concepts to emerge from contemporary Italian philosophy.

A Propos, Levinas

Rejects Levinas’s argument for the preeminence of ethics in philosophy.

Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary

Examines how violence has been conceptually and rhetorically put to use in continental social theory.

David Hume

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

The Call to Radical Theology

The major death-of-God theologian explores the meaning and purpose of radical theology.

Utopia of Understanding

A hermeneutics of language after Auschwitz.

Hegel, Deleuze, and the Critique of Representation

A critical account of the key connections between twentieth-century French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and nineteenth-century German idealist G. W. F. Hegel.

The Intercorporeal Self

An original interpretation of Merleau-Ponty on subjectivity, drawing from and challenging both the continental and analytic traditions.

The William Desmond Reader

Career-spanning selections from the writings of William Desmond.

Ontotheological Turnings?

Explores and critiques the so-called “decentering of the subject” in French phenomenology.

The Heidegger Change

Elaborates the author’s conception of plasticity by proposing a new way of thinking through Heidegger’s writings on change.