Becoming a Self: A Reading of Kierkegaard's Concluding by Merold Westphal

By Merold Westphal

Presents a reader's consultant to the booklet frequently taken to be Kierkegaard's most crucial contribution to philosophy and theology.

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Archaeology of Deconstruction 14. )" Christie V. McDonald 180 15. "Genealogy and/as Deconstruction: Nietzsche, Derrida, and Foucault on Philosophy as Critique" Alan D. Schrift 193 16. "Deconstructing, Fort/Derrida" John O'Neill 214 VII. The Future of Postmodernism 17. "Postmodernism: It's Future Perfect" Andrew J. McKenna 228 18. " Wilhelm S. Wurzer 243 Page vii Contributors 251 About the Editors 255 Index 257 Page 1 INTRODUCTION Hugh J. Silverman What is the relation between Postmodernism and Continental Philosophy?

The themes that prevail in this volume arise out of and mark the vanguard of research in the continental tradition as it has been practiced in North America for at least three decades. The Merleau-Pontean concern with embodiment is here linked up not only with the importance of language but also with desire. Desire as one of Lyotard's major concerns in Discours, Figure (1971) and Economie libidinale (1974) is also an indispensable feature of Deleuze's writings of the 1970s. The debate among Lingis, Dillon, and Krell arises out of a Merleau-Pontean perspective but is linked implicitly with the problem of desire in postmodernism.

Officially "absurd," effectively "realistic", these writers sought to express the decline of modernism by offering something radically other a sense of repetition, conformity, accumulation, meaninglessness, aimlessness, enigma, complexity, ambiguity, dramatic intensity, and perceptiveness. To be modern was fundamentally to be new, à la mode, excitingly different. In this sense, the 1950s were not devoid of modernism. One might even say that there was new hope in novelty. But the character of novelty had changed.

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