Michael Naas, The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments

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Feb 192017
 

Michael Naas, The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments: Derrida’s Final Seminar. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015; 232 pages. ISBN: 9780823263295

Reviewed by Ege Selin Islekel, Loyola Marymount

The End of The World and Other Teachable Moments: Derrida’s Final Seminar is a beautifully written analysis of Derrida’s final two-volume seminar, The Beast and The Sovereign. As  … Read More ...

Timothy Secret, The Politics and Pedagogy of Mourning

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Jan 112017
 

Timothy Secret, The Politics and Pedagogy of Mourning: On Responsibility in Eulogy. London: Bloomsbury 2015. 296 pages. ISBN: 9781472575142.

Reviewed by Adam Haaga, Memorial University

What do we owe the dead? And how are we to measure up to the impossible demands for ethical responsibility in the absence of the other? Such are the principal concerns framing Secret’s exceptional  … Read More ...

Claude Romano, At the Heart of Reason

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Jan 082017
 

Claude Romano, At the Heart of Reason. Trans. Michael Smith and Claude Romano. New York: Northwestern University Press, 2015; 635 pages. ISBN: 9780810131378.

Reviewed by Maxwell Kennel, McMaster University

Claude Romano’s book At the Heart of Reason is an impressive contribution to phenomenology. Differing from the broader project of his earlier diptych, Event and World and Event and Time … Read More ...

Axel Honneth and Jacques Rancière, Recognition or Disagreement

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Jan 062017
 

Axel Honneth and Jacques Rancière, Recognition or Disagreement: A Critical Encounter on the Politics of Freedom, Equality, and Identity.  K. Genel and J.-P. Deranty eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016; 240 pp. ISBN: 978-0231177160.

Reviewed by Matheson Russell, The University of Auckland.

Recognition or disagreement? Jacques Rancière and Axel Honneth present influential yet divergent contemporary approaches to critical theory.  … Read More ...

Teodor Mladenov, Critical Theory and Disability: A Phenomenological Approach

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Dec 172016
 

Teodor Mladenov. Critical Theory and Disability: A Phenomenological Approach. New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2016; 232 pp. ISBN: 978-1628921991.

Reviewed by Shelley Tremain, Independent Scholar.

For several decades in the twentieth century, the term critical theory was used as a proper noun (i.e., Critical Theory) that referred specifically to the work of an intellectual movement of German  … Read More ...

Lee Braver (ed.), Division III of Heidegger’s Being and Time

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Dec 152016
 

Lee Braver (ed.), Division III of Heidegger’s Being and Time: The Unanswered Question of Being. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2015; 362 pp. ISBN: 978-0-262-02968-1

Reviewed by Clinton Debogorski, University of Toronto

Division III of Heidegger’s Being and Time: The Unanswered Question of Being, a recent volume of sixteen essays edited, introduced, and contributed to by Lee Braver, offers  … Read More ...

Georgia Warnke (ed.), Inheriting Gadamer: New Directions in Philosophical Hermeneutics

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Dec 152016
 

Georgia Warnke (ed.), Inheriting Gadamer: New Directions in Philosophical Hermeneutics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016; 248 pages. ISBN: 978-0748698974.

Reviewed by Christopher Gibson, University of Ottawa

In Truth and Method, Hans-Georg Gadamer claims that the meaning of a text always goes beyond what the author originally intended. (TM, 296) In his view, the essential, dialogical framework of understanding  … Read More ...

Gary A. Mullen, Adorno on Politics After Auschwitz

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Nov 282016
 

Gary A. Mullen. Adorno on Politics After Auschwitz. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015; 158 pp. ISBN: 9781498515740.

Reviewed by Shannon Mariotti, Southwestern University

In a way that is both broad-ranging in its treatment of themes from Adorno’s work and narrowly focused on exploring how they are influenced by the horrors of the Holocaust, Gary Mullen’s Adorno on Politics After Auschwitz … Read More ...