1st Edition

Problems in Twentieth Century French Philosophy

ISBN 9780367193775
Published March 4, 2019 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

Read through the lens of a single key concept in twentieth-century French philosophy, that of the "problem", this book relates the concept to specific thinkers and situates it in relation both to the wider history of philosophy and contemporary concerns.

How exactly should the notion of problems be understood? What must a problem be in order to play an inaugurating role in thought? Does the word "problem" have a univocal sense? What is at stake – theoretically, ethically, politically, and institutionally – when philosophers use the word? This book addresses these and other questions, and is devoted to making historical and philosophical sense of the various uses and conceptualisations of notions of problems, problematics, and problematisations in twentieth-century French thought. In the process, it augments our understanding of the philosophical programs of a number of recent French thinkers, reconfigures our perception of the history and wider stakes of twentieth-century French philosophy, and reveals the ongoing theoretical richness and critical potential of the notion of the problem and its cognates.

Working through the twentieth-century, and focussing on specific thinkers including Foucault and Deleuze, this book will be of interest to all scholars of French philosophy.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Angelaki.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Problems in Twentieth-Century French Philosophy

Sean Bowden and Mark G.E. Kelly

Introduction: Problematizing Problems

Sean Bowden and Mark G.E. Kelly

1. The Misadventures of the "Problem" in "Philosophy": From Kant to Deleuze

Giuseppe Bianco

2. Bergson’s Method of Problematisation and the Pursuit of Metaphysical Precision

Craig Lundy

3. An Anti-Positivist Conception of Problems: Deleuze, Bergson and the French Epistemological Tradition

Sean Bowden

4. Cavaillès, Mathematical Problems and Questions

Pierre Cassou-Noguès

5. Lautman on Problems as the Conditions of Existence of Solutions

Simon B. Duffy

6. Simondon on the Notion of the Problem: A Genetic Schema of Individuation

Daniela Voss

7. On the Problem and Mystery of Evil: Marcel’s Existential Dissolution of an Antinomy

Jill Hernandez

8. Towards A Phenomenology of Sagesse: Uncovering the Unique Philosophical Problematic of Pierre Hadot

Matthew Sharpe

9. The Errors of History: Knowledge and Epistemology in Bachelard, Canguilhem and Foucault

Alison Ross

10. Problematizing the Problematic: Foucault and Althusser

Mark G.E. Kelly

11. Foucault, Psychoanalysis, and Critique: Two Aspects of Problematization

Amy Allen

12. Problematization in Foucault’s Genealogy and Deleuze’s Symptomatology: Or, How to Study Sexuality Without Invoking Oppositions

Colin Koopman

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Sean Bowden is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of The Priority of Events: Deleuze’s Logic of Sense (2011).

Mark G.E. Kelly is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University, Australia. His most recent book is For Foucault: Against Normative Political Theory (2018).