Debates in Continental Philosophy: Conversations with Contemporary Thinkers

Debates in Continental Philosophy: Conversations with Contemporary Thinkers

Debates in Continental Philosophy: Conversations with Contemporary Thinkers

Debates in Continental Philosophy: Conversations with Contemporary Thinkers

Synopsis

This important book brings together in one volume a collection of illuminating encounters with some of the most important philosophers of our age-by one of its most incisive and innovative critics. For more than twenty years, Richard Kearney has been in conversation with leading philosophers, literary theorists, anthropologists, and religious scholars. His gift is eliciting memorably clear statements about their work from thinkers whose writings can often be challenging in their complexity. Here, he brings together twenty-one originally published extraordinary conversations-his 1984 collection Dialogues: The Phenomenological Heritage, his 1992 Visions of Europe: Conversations on the Legacy and Future of Europe, and his 1995 States of Mind: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers. Featured interviewees include Stanislas Breton, Umberto Eco, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Herbert Marcus, George Steiner, Julia Kristeva, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jean-Fran'ois Lyotard. To this classic core, he adds recent interviews, previously unpublished, with Paul Ricoeur, Jean-Luc Marion, Jacques Derrida, and George Dumazil, as well as six colloquies about his own work. Wide-ranging and accessible, these interviews provide a fascinating guide to the ideas, concerns, and personalities of thinkers who have shaped modern intellec-tual life. This book will be an essential point of entry for students, teachers, scholars, and anyone seeking to understand contemporary culture. ContentsPrefacePart One: Recent DebatesJacques Derrida: Terror, Religion, and the New PoliticsJean-Luc Marion: The Hermeneutics of RevelationPaul Ricaur: (a) On Life Stories (b) On The Crisis of Authority (c) The Power of the Possible (d) Imagination, Testimony, and TrustGeorges Dumézil: Myth, Ideology, SovereigntyPart Two: From Dialogues: The Phenomenological Heritage, 1984Emmanuel Levinas: Ethics of the InfiniteHerbert Marcuse: The Philosophy of Art and PoliticsPaul Ricaur: (a) The Creativity of Language (b) Myth as the Bearer of Possible WorldsStanislas Breton: Being, God, and the Poetics of RelationJacques Derrida: Deconstruction and the OtherPart Three: From States of Mind, 1995Julia Kristeva: Strangers to Ourselves: The Hope of the SingularHans Georg Gadamer: Text MattersJean-François Lyotard: What Is Just?George Steiner: Culture-The Price You PayPaul Ricaur: Universality and the Power of DifferenceUmberto Eco: Chaosmos: The Return to the Middle AgesPart Four: Colloquies with Richard KearneyVillanova Colloquy: Against OmnipotenceAthens Colloquy: Between Selves and OthersHalifax Colloquy: Between Being and God Stony Brook Colloquy: Confronting ImaginationBoston Colloquy: Theorizing the GiftDublin Colloquy: Thinking Is DangerousAppendix: Philosophy as Dialogue

Excerpt

The present volume brings together twenty-one dialogues which I conducted over recent years in the area of Continental thought.

Part 1 features previously unpublished exchanges, ranging from the conversation with Georges Dumézil, one of the founding fathers of structural anthropology, to more recent debates with Jacques Derrida, Paul Ricoeur, and Jean-Luc Marion. Part 2 contains interviews held with Continental thinkers originally published in 1984 by Manchester University Press under the title Dialogues with Contemporary Con tinental Thinkers: The Phenomenological Heritage. While some of these have since been anthologized, the original volume has been out of print since the early 1990s. The third part of the book features a selection of interviews from two of my later volumes, Visions of Europe: Conversations on the Legacy and Future of Europe (1992) and Stated of Mind (1995). This section includes conversations with Julia Kristeva, Umberto Eco, George Steiner, and Paul Ricceur, recorded between 1991 and 1993 as part of a series for Irish Public Television (RTE). It also contains two subsequent exchanges with Jean-Francis Lyotard and Hans-Georg Gadamer conducted between 1994 and 1995. The fourth and final part of the book adds six new colloquies on my own work, which took place at a number of recent international symposia.

I am very grateful to all those who participated in the organizing and editing of these dialogues—John Manoussakis, Todd Sadowski . . .

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