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Introduction

Edith Wyschogrod

in Crossover Queries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226061
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235148 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226061.003.0001

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Introduction

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This book explores the risks and ambiguities, and the unstable concatenations of contemporary thought as manifested in many and varied contexts—in the desire for transcendence and in meanings ascribed to corporeality, in critical dilemmas of ethical existence and in the status of philosophical inquiry itself—as expressions of negation loosely linked in a nexus of crossings. In the chapters that follow, philosophical accounts of expressions of the negative are seen as a complex of crossings, no one of which is designed to endure but which, taken together, sway in the manner of fragile, loosely linked ropes that connect efforts to overcome manifestations of the negative to claims about its irrevocability. The book considers four interrelated moments of negation as presupposed by the sections that organize the content of this work: inquiries into transcendence, meanings attributable to the body, an ethics of otherness, the comparison of philosophies, and the relation of art to ethics.

Keywords: transcendence; corporeality; ethical existence; negation; crossings; art; ethics; otherness; body

Chapter.  4331 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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