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Plato Pursued

John Martis

in Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225347
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235490 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225347.003.0002

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Plato Pursued

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Two recurrent themes form the backdrop to this book's exploration of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. The first is subjectal loss—the loss of the subject of philosophy, in literature and mimesis. The second, intertwined with the first, is in fact instrumental in stimulating the rigor with which the first develops. Broadly speaking, it can be named as the refusal of the subject to be lost or dismissed, that is, the return of the subject. Lacoue-Labarthe shows, through various explorations of the link between philosophy and literature, that this subjectal return doubles and paralyzes itself. He attests that, ultimately, the subject itself becomes not found but lost. Hyperbological subjectal loss is marked in the realm of representation by the recurrent decision “for” the subject, but the subjectivity apparently engendered on this score might well—if both loss and return are to be taken seriously—be sought in another realm, that of presentation.

Keywords: Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; subjectal loss; literature; mimesis; representation; presentation; philosophy; subject

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Subjects: Philosophy

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