Butler on Whitehead

Butler on Whitehead : On the Occasion

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This volume is based on the first set of formal conversations which brings together the dynamic philosophies of two eminent thinkers: Judith Butler and Alfred North Whitehead. Each has drawn from a wide palette of disciplines to develop distinctive theories of becoming, of syntactical violence, and creative opportunities of limitation. In bringing together internationally renowned interpreters of Butler and Whitehead from a variety of fields and disciplines-philosophy, rhetoric, gender and queer studies, religion, literary and political theory-the editors hope to set a standard for the relevance of interdisciplinary philosophical discourse today. This volume offers a unique contribution to and for the humanities in the struggles of politics, economy, ecology, and the arts, by reaching beyond their closed circles toward understandings that may serve as the basis for the activation of humanity today. Considered together, Butler and Whitehead delineate a whole new cadre of approaches to long-standing problems as well as never-before asked questions in the humanities.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 334 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 657.71g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073917276X
  • 9780739172766
  • 1,554,120

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Samuel Johnson criticized Metaphysical poetry for its 'violent juxtapositions.' He was right in the characterization, wrong in the judgment. Is Butler a Whiteheadian? No. Is Whitehead proto-Butlerian? No. Is it ever appropriate to speak of them together? Hell yes! The present volume, a 21st-century Metaphysical poem, sets the parameters for this timely conversation and brilliantly starts the ball rolling! -- Steven Meyer, Washington University in St. Louis
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About Roland Faber

Roland Faber is the Kilsby Family/John B. Cobb, Jr. Professor of Process Studies, as well as the executive co-director of the Center for Process Studies and executive director of the Whitehead Research Project, which was founded in 2007. Michael Halewood is senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex. Deena M. Lin is a Ph.D candidate in philosophy of religion and theology at the Claremont Graduate University.
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Table of contents

Foreword Deena M. Lin Acknowledgments Introduction Michael Halewood Part I: Butler on Whitehead Chapter 1: On this Occasion ... Judith Butler Chapter 2: After Performativity: On Concern and Critique Vikki Bell Chapter 3: Provocative Reflections: Judith Butler on Subjectivity, Objectivity, and Moral Obligations Randy Ramal Part II: Butler and Whitehead Chapter 4: Undoing and Unknowing: The Widening Relations of Judith Butler and Alfred North Whitehead Catherine Keller Chapter 5: Adventure and Risk: Exploring Creative Possibility for True Ethical Responsibility Jeremy D. Fackenthal Chapter 6: Coming Out with Butler and Whitehead: Opacity, Apophasis, and the Phallacy of Misplaced Closetness Sigridur Gudmarsdottir Chapter 7: The Feeling of What Matters: Vectors of Power in Butler and Whitehead Alan Van Wyk Chapter 8: Khora and Violence: Revisiting Butler with Whitehead Roland Faber Chapter 9: Modes of Violence: Whitehead, Deleuze, and the Displacement of Neoliberalism Jeffrey A. Bell Chapter 10: Language, the Body, and the Problem of Signification Michael Halewood Chapter 11: The Objects Have Been Equal to the Occasion Astrid Lorange Part III: On Butler On Mourning Chapter 12: Prehending Precarity: Presenting a Social Ontology that Feels Beyond the Frame Deena M. Lin Chapter 13: Which Lives Are Grievable? Daniel A. Dombrowski Chapter 14: Loss of 'Self,' Grievability of Life, and Reharmonizing Political Potential Kirsten M. Gerdes Chapter 15: "A Tender Care That Nothing Be Lost"-Universal Salvation and Eternal Loss in Butler and Whitehead? Roland Faber Chapter 16: Occasioned by "On this Occasion": More Thoughts on Butler and Whitehead Catherine Keller Chapter 17: The Inappropriate Tenderness of the Divine: Mono No Aware and the Recovery of Loss in Whitehead's Axiology Matthew S. LoPresti
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