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Conclusion: Variations on a Theme from Nietzsche

Gerald Moore

in Politics of the Gift

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642021
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671861 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642021.003.0006
Conclusion: Variations on a Theme from Nietzsche

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The conclusion considers various attempts to categorise and thematise French poststructuralism around themes including difference, anti-foundationalism, hospitality and what Alain Badiou has called ‘antiphilosophy’. An alternative is to read the history of French theory in broad terms of the tension between hostility to (philosophical) ‘Anthropology’ and the openness to (the discipline of) anthropology through which philosophers would be brought into dialogue with their various others. There has perhaps been a philosophical tendency to see the problems of politics sublated by the power of philosophical thought; to see politics occurring only in the failure or absence of philosophy. But this begins to dissipates once philosophy starts to reinvent itself through engagement with the emerging social sciences. Poststructuralism is marked by an eternal return to the problematic of the gift, and to the question of the relationship between philosophy and politics that it opens up.

Keywords: Anthropology; Hospitality; Eternal Return; Philosophy; Politics

Chapter.  3422 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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