Martin Breaugh et al., Thinking Radical Democracy

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Jan 262016
 

Martin Breaugh, Christopher Holman, Rachel Magnusson, Paul Mazzocchi, and Devin Penner (eds.), Thinking Radical Democracy: The Return to Politics in Post-war France. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015; 277 pages. ISBN: 978-1442650046.

Reviewed by Devin Zane Shaw, Carleton University/University of Ottawa

One defining feature of contemporary, radical French thought is the emphasis it places on political emancipation.  … Read More …

Beata Stawarska, Saussure’s Philosophy of Language as Phenomenology

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Jan 252016
 

Beata Stawarska, Saussure’s Philosophy of Language as Phenomenology: Undoing the Doctrine of the Course in General Linguistics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015; 286 pages. ISBN 9780190213022.

Reviewed by Miglena Nikolchina, University of Sofia

Nearly a century after the publication of one of the most influential works of the 20th century, Ferdinand de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics, Beata  … Read More …

Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Ontology after Ontotheology

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Jan 142016
 

Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Ontology after Ontotheology: Plurality, Event, and Contingency in Contemporary Philosophy. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2014; 340 pages. ISBN: 9780820704722.

Reviewed by Daniel Adsett, Marquette University

In Ontology after Ontotheology, Gert-Jan van der Heiden critically evaluates the ontologies of Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy, Claude Romano, Quentin Meillassoux, and Giorgio Agamben as each attempts to respond  … Read More …

Christina M. Gschwandtner, Postmodern Apologetics? and Degrees of Givenness

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Dec 012015
 

Christina M. Gschwandtner, Postmodern Apologetics?: Arguments for God in Contemporary Philosophy. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013; 378 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8232-4275-7.

Christina M. Gschwandtner, Degrees of Givenness: On Saturation in Jean-Luc Marion. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014; 297 pages. ISBN: 978-0-253-01419-1.

Reviewed by Eric D. Meyer, Independent Scholar

What happens to the Christian God in the  … Read More …

Jean-Luc Nancy and Adèle Van Reeth. La jouissance

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Nov 182015
 

Jean-Luc Nancy and Adèle Van Reeth. La jouissance. Paris: Éditions Plon, 2014; 144 pages. ISBN: 9782259223201.

 Reviewed by Peter GrattonMemorial University

When we fuck, have we lost something? Together and apart, alone and with many others, is there no jouissance? As Modernity reaches beyond its end, pleasure machines just keep us ultimately inside of ourselves,  … Read More …

Abed Azzam, Nietzsche versus Paul

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Nov 042015
 

Abed Azzam, Nietzsche versus Paul. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015; 209 pages. ISBN 9780231169301.

Reviewed by Daniel I. Harris, Hunter College-CUNY

Contributions to Nietzsche studies often fall within one of two camps. On the one hand there are smaller-scale, problem-based attempts to work through the finer details of Nietzsche’s thought, often exploring one key concept or issue. Then, there  … Read More …

Markus Gabriel, Fields of Sense

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Aug 252015
 

Markus Gabriel, Fields of Sense: A New Realist Ontology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015; 272 pages. ISBN: 9780748692897.

Reviewed by Joshua Lalonde, University of Ottawa

In Fields of Sense, Markus Gabriel expands on the “no-world” doctrine introduced in his Transcendental Ontology (Continuum, 2011) and popularized in Why the World Does Not Exist (Polity, 2015). For Gabriel, to  … Read More …

Janet Roitman, Anti-Crisis

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Aug 252015
 

Janet Roitman, Anti-Crisis. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014; 176 pages. ISBN: 978082235527.

Reviewed by Peter Gratton, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Janet Roitman’s Anti-Crisis deserves to be one of the more consequential works in the last year at the nexus of Continental philosophy and social theory. Made up of three chapters (I will focus on the first), the short book  … Read More …