Contemporary French Philosophy: Modernity and the Persistence of the Subject

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 01.11.2001 - 272 Seiten
French philosophy and cultural theory continue to hold a prestigious and influential position in European thought. One of the central themes of contemporary French philosophy is its concern with the theoretical and political status of the subject, a question which has been broached by structuralists and poststructuralists through an analysis of the construction of the subject in and by language, discourse, power and ideology.Contemporary French Philosophy outlines the construction of the subject in modern philosophy, focusing in particular on the seminal work of Althusser, Lacan, Derrida and Foucault. The book interrogates some of the most influential perspectives on the question of the subject to contest those postmodern voices which announce its disappearance or death. It argues instead that the question of the subject persists, even in those perspectives which seek to abandon it altogether.Providing a broad introduction to the field and an original analysis of some of the most influential theorists of the 20th Century, the book will be of great interest to political and literary theorists, cultural historians, as well as to philosophers.
 

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Introduction
1
Subjectivity and Modern Philosophy
12
from Lukács to Althusser
38
3 Psychoanalysis Subjectivity and the Vita Lingua
78
4 Derrida Subjectivity and the Politics of Différance
109
5 The Discursive Construction of the Subject
152
Conclusion The Persistence of the Subject
190
Notes
198
Bibliography
234
Index
246
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Caroline Williams is Lecturer in Political Theory at Queen Mary and Westfield College. She has written on feminism, subjectivity and psychoanalysis.

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