New Symposium Out

It includes an excellent, thought-provoking paper by Jim Bradley.

Vol. 16, No. 1 (2012)


MARIE-ANDRÉE RICARD, Proust et le nouveau: Une lecture anti-platonicienne de son œuvre [abstract]

L’objectif de cet article est de montrer, contre toute attente peut-être, que le thème du nouveau est au centre du projet proustien d’une « recherche du temps perdu », autrement dit de sa conception de l’art comme une réminiscence. Compris dans un sens anti-platonicien, le nouveau correspond ultimement chez Proust à notre besoin d’être.

MARGUERITE LA CAZE, Moss, Fungus, Cauliflower: Sartre`s Critique of  “Human Nature” [abstract]

I argue that Sartre’s understanding of needs is not inconsistent with his conception of the human condition. I will demonstrate that his use of the term “needs” signals a change of focus, not a rejection of his earlier views. Sartre’s later “dialectical” account of human needs should be read, in light of his phenomenological account in Being and Nothingness, as aspects of our facticity and situation. Satisfying needs is compatible with a range of choices about how to satisfy those needs and what they mean for us. I contend that Sartre remains true to the phenomenological roots of his work and avoids a commitment to a human nature or essence. Finally, I will address some of the questions that arise from Sartre’s focus on needs in his dialectical ethics. I will begin by examining Sartre’s early account of the human condition, and then consider his focus on needs in relation to this account.

PIERRE-ALEXANDRE FRADET, La durée bergonienne et le temps d’Einstein: Conciliation et insubordination [abstract]

Une vulgate interprétative a repéré chez Bergson deux intentions majeures : d’une part, celle de montrer que le temps d’Einstein est compa-tible avec la conception de la durée; d’autre part, celle de subordonner le temps einsteinien au temps vécu. Les pages qui suivent seront l’occasion pour nous d’ébranler le second volet de cette interprétation. Sans le réfuter de point en point, nous voudrions en effet montrer que de nombreux passages de l’œuvre bergsonienne permettent d’atténuer l’idée que Bergson ait inféodé le temps d’Einstein au sien propre. L’intérêt principal de cette tâche sera de faire contrepoids à une conception bien ancrée, mais excessive, et de montrer que le temps de la relativité restreinte a pleine valeur non seulement dans le cadre des sciences physiques en général, mais aussi dans celui du bergsonisme en particulier.

CHRISTIAN LOTZ, Distant Presence: Representation, Painting and Photography in Gerhard Richter’s Reader [abstract]

In this essay, I offer thoughts on the constitution of images in art, especially as they are constituted in painting and in photography. Utilizing ideas from Gadamer, Derrida and Adorno, I shall argue that representation should be conceived as a performative concept and as an act of formation; i.e., as a process rather than as something “fixed.” My reflections will be carried out in connection with a careful analysis of Gerhard Richter’s painting Reader (1994), which is a painting of a photograph that depicts a female who is reading. I demonstrate how a close analysis of this fascinating painting leads us deeper into the problem of painted images, insofar as it enacts what it is about, namely, the constitution of itself as an image by means of a complex and enigmatic relationship between seeing, reading, memory, inner, outer, gaze and blindness.

VITTORIO HÖSLE, Sociobiology [abstract]

The essay explores the development of sociobiology, its basic tenets, and its contributions to the study of human nature as well as ethics. It insists that Darwinism is more than a biological theory and presents a possibility of interpreting sociobiology as manifesting not the triumph of the selfish gene but, on the contrary, the only way in which the expansion of altruism was possible.

OLIVIER HUOT-BEAULIEU, Négativité et logos dialectique chez le jeune Heidegger (Winner of the CSCP 2011 Graduate Essay Prize) [abstract]

Tout au long de sa carrière philosophique, Heidegger s’est livré à une constante explication avec Hegel, qu’il considérait comme son plus vif antagoniste. Dans le cadre de cet article, nous entendons nous rapporter aux origines de leur différend et prendre la mesure des griefs du jeune Heidegger à l’endroit de la dialectique hégélienne. Nous tenterons en un second lieu de démontrer que son opposition frontale camoufle en fait une secrète appropriation, puisque Heidegger aurait préalablement fait sienne l’idée d’un usage productif de la négation en philosophie.

JAMES BRADLEY, Philosophy and Trinity [abstract]

I will argue that “Continental Philosophy” is an Anglo-American invention. It is “Pseudo-Continentalism,” no more than a highly selective rendering of Western European Philosophy. Borne out of opposition to the dominance of analytical philosophy in our universities, Pseudo-Continentalism in fact converges with analysis in remarkable ways. Both are advertised as revolutions in thought and both stand over against the tradition of speculative philosophy; both repeat each other’s historical shibboleths about traditional speculative philosophy in respect of the completeness of reason and of reality, the priority of identity and totality, the predetermined fixity of teleology. What this amounts to is a common rejection of a chimera, which in Pseudo-Continental Philosophy is usually called onto-theology or the metaphysics of presence and in the analytic tradition is sometimes called speculative philosophy. Here, indeed, the analytic tradition is more radical: as I will show, it characteristically rejects any notion of a special kind of activity of actualisation as a feature of the real, whether this is understood as Being, mind, will, the élan vital, Difference, or the impotential. These are the vestiges of the tradition of speculative philosophy that are retained under the rubric of Continental Philosophy.

IAN ANGUS, The Pathos of A First Meeting: Particularity and Singularity in The Critique of Technological Civilization [abstract]

In this essay, I will outline the positive content of George Grant’s conception of “particularity” and clarify it by comparing it to Reiner Schürmann’s similar concept of “singularity” as a starting point for an engagement with the positive good to which it refers. In conclusion, a five-step existential logic will be presented, which, I will suggest, can resolve the important aspects of the difference between them.

MAX DEUTSCHER, In Sensible Judgement [abstract]

Only in being pleased at what is done can I judge it as right. Kant is correct, nevertheless, that my motive is not the object of my judgment’s concern. In working to make a good judgment, it is not pleasure but the right result that one seeks. In taking the jury’s decision to be right, one is pleased at it—one takes pleasure in it. At the same time, it would shift attention from judgment’s proper object to find the point of the justice of the decision in one’s having been pleased

Études critiques / Review Essays

Constantin V. Boundas, Jean-Clet Martin, Une Intrigue criminelle de la philosophie: Lire La Phénoménologie de l’Esprit de Hegel

Comptes Rendus / Book Reviews

Devin Zane Shaw, Miguel Abensour, Democracy Against the State: Marx and the Machiavellian Moment

Tracy Colony, Rob Boddice (ed.), Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals, Environments

Anna Carastathis, Ladelle McWhorter, Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy

Steven Sych, Simon Morgan Wortham, The Derrida Dictionary

Élodie Boublil, Stefan Kristensen, Parole et Subjectivité. Merleau-Ponty et la phénoménologie de l’expression

Joe Balay, Mauro Carbone, An Unprecedented Deformation: Marcel Proust and the Sensible Ideas

Yasemin Sari, François Raffoul, The Origins of Responsibility

Maxwell Kennel, Félix Guattari, Soft Subversions: Texts and Interviews 1977-1985

Travis Holloway, Marc Crépon and Bernard Stiegler, De la démocratie participative: Fondements et limites

Kevin W. Gray, Hauke Brunkhorst, Habermas. Gordon James Finlayson, Habermas: A Very Short Introduction. Mattias Iser and David Strecker, Jürgen Habermas: zur Einführung

Devin Zane Shaw, Bernard Stiegler, For a New Critique of Political Economy.

Eva Buccioni, Vittorio Hösle, Die Rangordnung der drei griechischen Tragiker. Ein Problem aus der Geschichte der Poetik als Lackmustest ästhetischer Theorien

Kristin Rodier and Emily Anne Parker, Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex