PHILOSOPHY, LANGUAGE& THE POLITICAL: Poststructuralism in Perspective


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The book is based on the proceedings of the conference on ‘Philosophy, Language and the Political – Reevaluating Poststructuralism’ held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, on the 10th, 11th and 12th December 2014. Several scholars from India and abroad participated in it. The book comprises 17 papers that were presented at the event, besides three additional papers, plus a Preface by Marc Crepon, as well as a description of the conference and a thematic introduction, both by Franson Manjali.

The contributiors discuss diverse aspects of the poststructuralist and related philosophical ideas and practices, in the works of Jacques Derrida, Michael Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Helene Cixous, Jurgen Habermas, Jean-Luc Nancy, Georgio Agambed, Maurice Blanchot, Emmanuel Levinas, Martin Heideggar, Jean-Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzche, Baruch Spinoza, and several other philosophers. The questions of language, literature, culture, art, the political, feminism, self and the other death, theology, violence, shame, the animal, psychoanalysis, Marxism, etc, receive scholarly attention of the contributors.

Marc Crépon is a director of research with the CNRS. He is currently Chair, Department of Philosophy at Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris). His publications address issues of moral and political philosophy, and focus most notably on the question of violence. Among his publications are: Le Malin genie des langues, Vrin 2000; Les promesses du langage, Benjamin, Rosenzweig, Heidegger, Vrin, 2001; Neitzsche, l’art de la politique de l’avenir. PUF, 2003; Terreur et poesie, Galilee, 2004; Langues sans demeure, Galilee, 2005; La culture de la peur, identite, securite, democratie, Galilee, 2008; Vivre avec, la pensee de la mort et la memoire des guerres, Hermann, 2008 (Tr., The Thought of Death and the Memory of War, 2013.); La guerre des civilisations, Galilee, 2010, Le consentement meurtrier, la litterature et la philosophie a l’epreuve de la violence, ed. 2014, and L’epreuve de la haine, essais sur le refus de la violence, ed. 2016 both from Odile Jacob.

Franson Manjali serves as professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is engaged in a wide range of humanities areas, viz., language, literature, culture and philosophy. He has researched at JNU for his doctorate, and subsequently in Paris and Strasbourg and at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. His publications include: Literature and Infinity, IIAS, Shimla, 2001, Language, Discourse and CUlture – Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives, Anthem, 2008, and more recently, Labyrinths of Language – Philosophical and Cultural Investigations, Aakar, 2014. He has translated several scholarly texts from the French into English, notably Jean-Luc Nancy’s Philosophical Chronicles (Fordham, 2007).


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