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Mimesis, Philosophy, Politics

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$57.00 • £45.95 • €51.50

ISBN 9780674917002

Publication Date: 09/29/1989



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Lacoue-Labarthe’s work is outstanding. His essays represent without exception a formidable achievement; they will definitely set new standards for the debate concerning Heidegger’s philosophy, and more generally for all those engaged in the debate about the relation of philosophy and literature. If this inquiry into an abyssal ‘ground’ of theory and philosophy seems to undo their pretensions, it is not simply for the benefit of what one commonly understands by fiction or the literary. It is, rather, an operation at the service of a new type of philosophizing, of a type of philosophy that instead of deploring philosophy’s deficiency regarding its so-called infallibility, valorizes this failure as the source of constant questioning and renewal.—Rodolphe Gasché, State University of New York at Buffalo

Lacoue-Labarthe is one of the most talented philosophical readers writing in France today and the author of some of the most instructive, pedagogically effective essays I have read on nineteenth- and twentieth-century German literature and philosophy. In his work on the question of mimesis, Lacoue-Labarthe is able to formulate with stark clarity the vertiginous double bind that (in the spectral form of ‘Greece’) haunts German thought of the last two centuries—and hence haunts our ‘modernity.’ Because mimesis is a necessity of any attempt at self-identification (including national self-identification), Lacoue-Labarthe’s ability to think through the aporias and impasses of its logic leads to a truly ‘post-Heideggerian’ rethinking that would rewrite our understanding of history and politics and that is nothing short of a rethinking of our modernity.—Andrzej Warminski, University of California, Irvine

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