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- DescriptionThe philosopher Stanley Cavell once asked, Can a human being be free of human nature? On Ceasing to Be Human examines philosophical as well as literary texts and contexts, in which various senses of Cavell's question might be explored and developed. During the past thirty or so years, the very concept of being human has been called into question within such fields as cybernetics, animal-rights theory, analytic philosophy (neurophilosophy in particular). This book examines these issues, but its main concern is the link between freedom and nidentity that Cavell's question implies, and which turns out to be a major concern among the thinkers Bruns takes up in this book: Maurice Blanchot, Emmanuel Levinas, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, and Jacques Derrida. Each of these is, in different ways, a philosopher of the singular for whom the singular cant be reduced to concepts, categories, distinctions, or the rule of identity.
- Author BiographyGerald L. Bruns is William P. & Hazel B. White Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Notre Dame. His most recent books are On the Anarchy of Poetry and Philosophy (2006) and The Material of Poetry (2005).
- Author(s)Gerald L. Bruns
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication08/10/2010
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight204 g
- Width3564 mm
- Height5499 mm
- Spine18 mm
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