This book was first published in 2003: Developing a reading of some of Beauvoir's and Sartre's most influential writings in philosophy, Max Deutscher explores contemporary philosophy in the light of the phenomenological tradition within which Being and Nothingness and The Second Sex occurred as striking events operating on the border of the modern and the post-modern. Deutscher traces the shifts of genre that produce their gendered philosophies, and responds in terms of contemporary experience to the mood and the arguments of their works. Drawing upon the writings of two contemporary critics in particular - Michele Le DÅ“uff and Luce Irigaray - Deutscher reworks this part of philosophy's history in order to advance thinking in contemporary philosophy, generate renewed philosophical reflection on consciousness, freedom and one's relation to others, and to return a look still cast in our direction from an earlier time.
Contents: Preface; Genre and Gender: Situating theory; Doing lunch; 'A thin film of nothingness': Bound to be free; A void; On lacking reason for desire; Absent and intimate others: In parks and corridors; Coping with others; Intimacy bodily consciousness; Finding ourselves in technology: Lost in La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Divining others; 'The great echo…in the collective consciousness…'; Bibliography; Index.
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