Sofia Miguens, Gerhard Preyer, and Clara Bravo Morando eds., Pre-Reflective Consciousness: Sartre and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind

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Mar 072017
 

Sofia Miguens, Gerhard Preyer, and Clara Bravo Morando eds., Pre-Reflective Consciousness: Sartre and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind. New York: Routledge, 2016; 532 pp. ISBN: 978-1138925816.

Reviewed by Marco Dozzi, McGill University.

To the extent that the distinction between Analytic and Continental philosophy is valid at all, this collection of essays represents a successful engagement between the two. Admittedly, a Continental  … Read More ...

Rex Butler and David Denny (eds.), Lars von Trier’s Women

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Feb 232017
 

Rex Butler and David Denny (eds.), Lars von Trier’s Women. London: Bloomsbury 2017; 264 pages. ISBN: 9781501322457

Reviewed by William J. Simmons, CUNY

The relationship between Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier’s filmography and women—but never feminism—has been the subject of intense debate, with a clear line being drawn between academics and laypeople. Lars von Trier’s Women, edited  … Read More ...

D.N. Rodowick, Philosophy’s Artful Conversation

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Feb 212017
 

D.N. Rodowick, Philosophy’s Artful Conversation. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015; 320 pages. ISBN: 9780674416673.

Reviewed by Anders Bergstrom, Wilfrid Laurier University

D.N. Rodowick’s Philosophy’s Artful Conversation (2015) brings to a close a three-volume project by the author that began with The Virtual Life of Film (2007) and continued in Elegy for Theory (2014). Over the course of  … Read More ...

Jacques Rancière, The Intervals of Cinema

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Feb 212017
 

Jacques Rancière, The Intervals of Cinema. Translated by John Howe. London: Verso 2014; 154 pages. ISBN: 9871781686065.

Reviewed by Konstantinos Koutras, Carleton University

What are the poetics of a cinema of equality? Given the rich history of cinema as an object of philosophical and theoretical inquiry, it comes almost as a shock to realize that this question has not  … Read More ...

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 ...