Elena del Río, The Grace of Destruction

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Jul 162017
 

Elena del Río, The Grace of Destruction: A Vital Ethology of Extreme Cinemas. London: Bloomsbury, 2016; 267 pages. ISBN 9781501303029.

Reviewed by David H. Fleming, University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

As the latest instalment in Bloomsbury’s “Thinking Cinema” series, The Grace of Destruction surfaces as a paradoxically timely and untimely book. Indeed, insofar as the ongoing “ethical-turn” in contemporary film-philosophy  … Read More ...

Daniel Breazeale, Thinking Through the Wissenschaftslehre

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May 022017
 

Daniel Breazeale, Thinking Through the Wissenschaftslehre: Themes from Fichte’s Early Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013; xxii + 460 pp.; ISBN: 978-0-19-923363-2

Reviewed by Jane Dryden, Mount Allison University

J.G. Fichte is a frustrating but exciting philosopher to spend time with. His early work, during his period at Jena and immediately thereafter (1794–1801), speaks to many contemporary concerns. But in  … Read More ...

Shannon L. Mariotti, Adorno and Democracy: The American Years

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Apr 132017
 

Shannon L. Mariotti. Adorno and Democracy: The American Years. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016; 234 pp. ISBN: 978-0813167336.

Reviewed by Joshua Rayman, University of South Florida

In recent years, revisionist histories of Theodor Adorno’s American exile from David Jenemann, Ulrich Plass, Russell Berman, and others have played a powerful role in combatting dominant images of Adorno as a  … Read More ...

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 ...