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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Jul 222015

Matthew C. Altman (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014; 801 pp. ISBN: 9781137334749.

Reviewed by Christopher Lauer, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Scholars of sporadic ambition and a passing familiarity with German idealism might assume that a book like The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism is exactly what they need. After all, this  … Read More …

Jun 202015

Giorgio Baruchello and Ingerid S. Straume (eds), Creation, Rationality and Autonomy: Essays on Cornelius Castoriadis. København, Denmark: NSU Press and Nordiskt Sommaruniversitet, 2013; 273pp. ISBN 978-87-87564-99-1.

Reviewed by Antonio Calcagno, King’s University College

Given the influence and impact of Cornelius Castoriadis’s work on post-World War II philosophy, psychoanalysis, politics, and economics, especially in France, one is surprised to  … Read More …

Jun 122015

Peter Gratton, Speculative Realism: Problems and Prospects. Bloomsbury: London, 2014; 266 pages. ISBN 1441174753.

Reviewed by Rick Elmore, Appalachian State University

Peter Gratton’s Speculative Realism: Problems and Prospects is the most complete and accessible critical introduction to contemporary continental realism available. Gratton provides a comprehensive review of thinkers associated with speculative realism (including Meillassoux, Harman, Brassier, and Grant), as  … Read More …

Jun 102015

Jean Baudrillard, The Divine Left: A Chronicle of the Years 19771984. Translated by David L. Sweet. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2014; 152 pages. ISBN: 978-1-58435-129-0.

Reviewed by Matthew R. McLennan, Saint Paul University

Substantively speaking, Jean Baudrillard’s thought appears to have developed very little from the mid-1970s to his death in 2007. It takes shape in a bleak  … Read More …