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  • Author(s) Christina Howells
  • Edition1
  • Published11th November 2011
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780745652757
This wide ranging and challenging book explores the relationship
between subjectivity and mortality as it is understood by a number
of twentieth-century French philosophers including Sartre, Lacan,
Levinas and Derrida. Making intricate and sometimes unexpected
connections, Christina Howells draws together the work of prominent
thinkers from the fields of phenomenology and existentialism,
religious thought, psychoanalysis, and deconstruction, focussing in
particular on the relations between body and soul, love and death,
desire and passion.



From Aristotle through to contemporary analytic philosophy and
neuroscience the relationship between mind and body (psyche and
soma, consciousness and brain) has been persistently recalcitrant
to analysis, and emotion (or passion) is the locus where the
explanatory gap is most keenly identified. This problematic forms
the broad backdrop to the work?s primary focus on
contemporary French philosophy and its attempts to understand the
intimate relationship between subjectivity and mortality, in the
light not only of the ?death? of the classical subject
but also of the very real frailty of the subject as it lives on,
finite, desiring, embodied, open to alterity and always incomplete.
Ultimately Howells identifies this vulnerability and finitude as
the paradoxical strength of the mortal subject and as what permits
its transcendence.



Subtle, beautifully written, and cogently argued, this book will be
invaluable for students and scholars interested in contemporary
theories of subjectivity, as well as for readers intrigued by the
perennial connections between love and death.

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  • Author(s) Christina Howells
  • Edition1
  • Published11th November 2011
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780745652757
This wide ranging and challenging book explores the relationship
between subjectivity and mortality as it is understood by a number
of twentieth-century French philosophers including Sartre, Lacan,
Levinas and Derrida. Making intricate and sometimes unexpected
connections, Christina Howells draws together the work of prominent
thinkers from the fields of phenomenology and existentialism,
religious thought, psychoanalysis, and deconstruction, focussing in
particular on the relations between body and soul, love and death,
desire and passion.



From Aristotle through to contemporary analytic philosophy and
neuroscience the relationship between mind and body (psyche and
soma, consciousness and brain) has been persistently recalcitrant
to analysis, and emotion (or passion) is the locus where the
explanatory gap is most keenly identified. This problematic forms
the broad backdrop to the work?s primary focus on
contemporary French philosophy and its attempts to understand the
intimate relationship between subjectivity and mortality, in the
light not only of the ?death? of the classical subject
but also of the very real frailty of the subject as it lives on,
finite, desiring, embodied, open to alterity and always incomplete.
Ultimately Howells identifies this vulnerability and finitude as
the paradoxical strength of the mortal subject and as what permits
its transcendence.



Subtle, beautifully written, and cogently argued, this book will be
invaluable for students and scholars interested in contemporary
theories of subjectivity, as well as for readers intrigued by the
perennial connections between love and death.
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