Maurice Blanchot: The Refusal of Philosophy

Maurice Blanchot: The Refusal of Philosophy

Gerald L. Bruns

As a novelist, essayist, critic, and theorist, Maurice Blanchot has earned tributes from authors as varied as Jacques Derrida, Giles Deleuze, and Emmanuel Levinas. yet their compliment has advised us little approximately what Blanchot's paintings truly says and why it's been so influential. within the first accomplished learn of this crucial French author to seem in English, Gerald Bruns ties Blanchot's writings to one another and to the works of his contemporaries, together with the poet Paul Celan.

Blanchot belongs to the new release of French intellectuals who got here of age in the course of the Thirties, survived the career, and flourished through the sector century or so after global battle II. He used to be one of many first French intellectuals to take a scientific curiosity in questions of language and which means. His concentration within the mid-1930s on severe situations―death, insanity, imprisonment, exile, revolution, catastrophe―anticipated the later curiosity of the existentialists. Like Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Adorno, Blanchot was once a self-conscious author of fragments, and he has given us one the main built investigations that we have got at the fragment as one of those writing.

In a chain of shut readings, Bruns addresses the philosophical and political questions that experience surrounded Blanchot and his writings for many years. He describes what's artistic in Blanchot's readings of Heidegger's debatable works and examines Blanchot's perception of poetry as an inquiry into the boundaries of philosophy, rationality, and tool.

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