Apr 082014


Towards a Transcendental Materialism: Johnston’s Attempted Marriage of Recent Neuroscience and Lacanianism

Adrian Johnston, Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, Volume 1: The Outcome of Recent French Philosophy. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2013; 280 pages. ISBN: 978-0810129122.

By Peter Gratton (Memorial University of Newfoundland). Published in Symposium, vol. 18, no. 1.

The  … Read More …

Apr 082014

Eric Severson, Levinas’s Philosophy of Time: Gift, Responsibility, Diachrony, Hope. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2013; 372 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8207-0462-3. 

Review by Clarence Joldersma, Calvin College

Eric Severson’s book explaining Levinas’s idea of time uncovers chronologically multiple notions layered in his changing conceptual landscape. While focused on an explication of Levinas’s complex and shifting idea of time, Severson’s rich discussion  … Read More …

Mar 182014

Jean-Luc Marion, Givenness & Hermeneutics. Trans. Jean-Pierre Lafouge. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Marquette University Press, 2013; 80 pages. ISBN: 978-0-87462-598-1.

Review by Maxwell Kennel, Conrad Grebel University College

Presented and published as the 2013 Père Marquette Lecture in Theology, the short book Givenness & Hermeneutics is one of several recent English translations of Jean-Luc Marion’s work, including The Reason of the  … Read More …

Mar 172014

Paul Ricoeur, Being, Essence and Substance in Plato and Aristotle. Ed. Jean-Louis Schlegel. Trans. David Pellauer and John Starkey. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2013; 266 pages. ISBN 978-0-7456-6054-7.

Review by Matthew Wood, University of Ottawa

For many students of both continental and ancient philosophy, the publication of David Pellauer and John Starkey’s English translation of Paul Ricoeur’s 1953–1954 lecture  … Read More …

Feb 052014

Antonio Negri, The Winter is Over: Writings on Transformation Denied, 1989-1995. Ed. Giusseppe Caccia. Trans. Isabella Bertoletti, James Cascaito, and Andrea Casson. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2013; 312 pages. ISBN: 978-1-58435-121-4.

Review by Matthew R. McLennan, University of Ottawa and Carleton University

One of the defining tasks of emancipatory political philosophy in our time has been to map and articulate  … Read More …

Jan 152014



Jean-François Lyotard, Discourse, Figure. Trans. A. Hudek and M. Lydon. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011; 544 pages. ISBN 978-0816645657.

By Matthew R. McLennan, University of Ottawa/Carleton University. Published in volume 17, number 2. 

2011 saw an important publication in continental philosophy by the University of Minnesota Press: Antony Hudek and  … Read More …

Sep 212013

Steven Crowell, Normativity and Phenomenology in Husserl and Heidegger. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013; 321 pages. ISBN 978-1107682559.

Review by Jonathan O’Rourke, National University of Ireland, Galway

Given the ubiquity of Husserl’s influence in the twentieth century, it is often vexing to interpret the complicated appropriation of his vocabulary by later writers. In particular, his placement of phenomenology in  … Read More …