Current Continental Theory and Modern Philosophy

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Stephen Daniel, Stephen Hartley Daniel
Northwestern University Press, 2005 - Philosophy - 290 pages
For decades Continental theorists from Derrida to Deleuze have engaged in provocative, penetrating, and often extensive examinations of modern philosophers-studies that have opened up new ways to think about figures such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, and Kant. This volume, for the first time, gives this work its due. A systematic rereading of early modern philosophers in the light of recent Continental philosophy, it exposes overlooked but critical aspects of sixteenth- through eighteenth-century philosophy even as it brings to light certain historical assumptions that have colored-and distorted-our understanding of modernist thought. This volume thus retrieves modern thinkers from the modernistic ways in which they have been portrayed since the nineteenth century; at the same time, it enhances our view of the roots and concerns of current Continental thought.

What claims does the early modern period have on contemporary philosophy? How have recent theorists engaged this material, and why? In answer, some of these essays explore how major Continental theorists such as Derrida, Deleuze, Le Doeuff, Irigaray, Kristeva, and Althusser explicate the ideas of classical modern thinkers; others draw on recent Continental insights to examine the doctrines of modern philosophers beginning with Machiavelli and ending with Kant. Together they show how current Continental theory reinvigorates the study of the history of modern philosophers by transforming not only how we interpret their answers to certain questions, but also how we understand the very nature of these questions.


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Machiavelli Historical Repetition and French Philosophies of Difference
Truth and Evidence in Descartes and Levinas
Le Doeuff and Irigaray on Descartes
The Vacuum
Spinoza on the Body Politic
Spinoza and Materialism
Thinker of Difference or Deleuze against the Valley Girls
Difference Continuity and the Calculus
The Encyclopedists and the Philosophical Imaginary
Deleuzes Hume and Creative History of Philosophy
A Materialist Encounter
Derrida Rousseau and the Politics of Perfectibility
Gadamer Kant and Freedom
The Unnatural Nuptials of Deleuze and Kant
Notes on Contributors

Althussers Reading of Locke
A Heideggerian Reading of Of Property

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Stephen H. Daniel is a professor of philosophy at Texas A & M University.

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