Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought

Author(s): John McCumber

Cultural Studies

"Time and Philosophy" presents a detailed survey of continental thought through an historical account of its key texts. The common theme taken up in each text is how philosophical thought should respond to time. Looking at the development of continental philosophy in both Europe and America, the philosophers discussed range from Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, Adorno and Horkheimer, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Foucault, Derrida, to the most influential thinkers of today, Agamben, Badiou, Butler and Ranciere. Throughout, the concern is to elucidate the primary texts for readers coming to them for the first time. But, beyond this, "Time and Philosophy" aims to reveal the philosophical rigour which underpins and connects the history of continental thought.


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"Time and Philosophy fills a great vacuum in the literature on continental philosophy, providing students with an invaluable orientation into this complex tradition. The book - while necessarily implementing a selective criteria - sets forth a nuanced and exhaustive reading of the diversity of the tradition, and suggests the unifying thematic of temporality as the essential concern and horizon of continental philosophy. This book will be useful to continental and analytic philosophers alike." - James Luchte, University of Wales

John McCumber is Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages at UCLA.

Introduction Part I Germany, 1790-1890 1. The Collapse of Kant 2. Hegel Discovers the Past 3. Marx, Capitalism and the Future 4. Kierkegaard's Dreadful Future 5. Nietzsche and the Boundless Future Part II Germany and America, 1900-68 6. The Return of Traditional Philosophy: Edmund Husserl 7. The Finite Future: Martin Heidegger 8. Activity and Mortality: Hannah Arendt 9. The Twilight of Enlightenment: Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer Part III France since 1945 10. The Future and Freedom: Jean-Paul Sartre 11. The Future and the Disclosure of Being: Simone de Beauvoir 12. The Future as Rupture: Michel Foucault 13. The Future and Hope: Jacques Derrida Epilogue: Agamben, Badiou, Butler, Ranciere and the Crocodile's Final Secret

General Fields

  • : 9781844652761
  • : Acumen Publishing Ltd
  • : Acumen Publishing Ltd
  • : July 2011
  • : 234mm X 156mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John McCumber
  • : Paperback
  • : 115
  • : 352