Chronopathologies : Time and Politics in Deleuze, Derrida, Analytic Philosophy, and Phenomenology

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This book interrogates the temporal differences between post-structuralism, analytic philosophy and phenomenology, suggesting that time is the transcendental matrix of contemporary philosophy and the means by which these three major trajectories distinguish themselves from their competitors. It also argues that there are systemic temporal problems (chronopathologies) that afflict each, but especially the post-structuralist tradition (focusing on the prophetic future politics of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida) and the analytic tradition, focusing on philosophical methodology in general and the tendency to oscillate between forms of atemporality and intuition-oriented "presentism."show more

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  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 589.67g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739132814
  • 9780739132814
  • 2,130,819

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Reynolds is at the forefront of a return: the rebirth of phenomenology after successive burials by analytic philosophy, post-structuralism and naturalism. It returns, critically and controversially, through a philosophy of time setting lived time alongside contemporary scientific theories and ideas taken from Derrida and Deleuze. Reynolds has made believable phantoms of Heidegger, Levinas and, above all, Merleau-Ponty. It matters not whether you wish to dispel them or make them flesh, his book is an essential discussion of debates around time at the cross-over of different philosophical traditions. -- James Williams, University of Dundee Jack Reynolds has undertaken the monumental task of defining philosophy as it stands today. Unlike any other book of which I know, Reynolds has approached all the major strains of contemporary philosophy with an even hand and a depth of insight, from analytic philosophy to post-structuralism, to phenomenology. Reynolds shows us that the primary philosophical problem remains that of time but now it is time connected to ethics and politics. The value of Chronopathologies cannot be underestimated. -- Leonard Lawlor, Pennsylvania State University Jack Reynolds' insightful essays demonstrate the importance as well as the difficulty of thinking across the metaphilosophical borders that separate phenomenology, poststructuralism and analytic philosophy. They develop a compelling case for the deficiencies of each, from the perspective of the others, in relation to their respective approaches to time and suggest ways in which each can learn from the others. This book both calls for and exemplifies genuine conversation between analytic and continental philosophy. -- Paul Patton, Scientia Professor, Political Philosophy, University of New South Wales In Chronopathologies, the Australian philosopher Jack Reynolds gives an exciting analysis of the intimate connection between time and politics in three trajectories of contemporary philosophy: analytic philosophy, poststructuralism and phenomenology. Reynolds makes an important contribution to the philosophical study of time. He convincingly shows that the analytic and continental branches of philosophy need each other to become aware of the temporal and normative biases that bedevil them. International Journal of Philosophical Studiesshow more

About Jack Reynolds

Jack Reynolds is senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at LaTrobe more

Table of contents

Introduction: Chronopathologies: The Politics of Time Part I. Analytic Philosophy, Atemporality, and Presentism: Some Encounters Across the Chunnel Chapter 1: Analytic and Continental Philosophy: A Contretemps? Chapter 2: Common Sense and Philosophical Methodology: Some Metaphilosophical Reflections on Analytic Philosophy via Deleuze Chapter 3: Negotiating the Non-negotiable: Rawls, Derrida, and the Intertwining of Political Calculation and Ultra-politics Part II. Poststructuralism, Time Out of Joint, and Future Politics Chapter 4: The Politics of Futurity in Derrida and Deleuze Chapter 5: Wounds and Scars: Deleuze on the Time and the Ethic of the Event Chapter 6: Deleuze's Perverse-structure: Beyond the Other-structure and the Struggle for Recognition Chapter 7: Derrida, Friendship, and the Transcendental Priority of the "Untimely" Part III. Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Pragmatic Temporality: An Anachronistic Dialogue Chapter 8: Time Out of Joint: Between Phenomenology and Post-structuralism Chapter 9: Dreyfus, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze on l'Habitude, Coping, and Trauma in Morality and Skill Acquisition Chapter 10: Touched by Time: Some Critical Reflections on Derrida's Reading of Merleau-Ponty in Le Toucher. Chapter 11: Heidegger and Derrida on Being-towards-death and Philosophy's Untimely Future Conclusion: Beyond Chronopathologiesshow more