1st Edition

What is Thinking? And Other Philosophical Reflections

By Saitya Brata Das Copyright 2021

    The philosophical essays of this collection argue, each time from a singular perspective, that the task of thinking is to release the element of the unconditional from various closures, and thus to make it manifest as the true and the essential task of our individual and social existence. Naming this unconditional element as the "messianic", the book displays the profound ethico-political significance of messianic thought for our contemporary world.

    This book is co-published with Aakar Books, New Delhi. Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the print versions of this book in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

    1. What is thinking? 2. ...And this palpitation of existence 3. When religion has (not) returned? 4. (Dis)Figures of death: taking the side of Derrida, taking the side of death 5. Derrida’s tympan: mourning, philosophy, literature 6. The abyss of human freedom 7. Wholly otherwise 8. Of force, of rhythm, of melody


    Saitya Brata Das is Associate Professor at School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.