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- DescriptionThis remarkable posthumous work by one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century engages Augustine's Confessions, one of the major canical works of world literature and the very paradigm of autobiography as a definable genre of writing. Lyotard approaches his subject by returning to his earliest phemelogical training, rearticulating Augustine's sensory universe from a vantage point imaginarily inside the confessant's world, a vantage point that reveals the intense point of conjuncture between the sensual and the spiritual, the erotic world and the mystical, being and appearance, sin and salvation. Lyotard reveals the very origins of phemelogy in Augustine's narrative, and in so doing also shows the origins of semiotics to lie there (in the explication of the Augustinian heavens as skin, as veil, as vellum). Lyotard's explication of Augustine is also a final survey of the entirety of the philosophical enterprise, a philosopher's profound reflections on the very basis of philosophy. He sees the Confessions as a major source of the Western-and decidedly modern-determination of the self and of its rmativity, the point of departure for all reflection and the condition of possibility of all experience. Lyotard suggests that Augustine's I, Descartes's cogito, and Husserl's transcendental ego in essence or structurally say the same thing. Lyotard aims at simple ascription of Augustine's position. Instead, his text centers on what he takes to be Augustine's central confession: the repeated avowal of an essential uncertainty concerning the status of the faith confessed, of being in a sense already too late, of a difficulty in being longer of this world while being in it all the same. Far from offering the foundation of all subsequent journeys to selfhood, Lyotard sees the Confessions as many evocations of a certain loss of self, of a temporality that is t given or recuperated all at once-or once and for all-but that time and again is lost or forgotten.
- Author BiographyThe late Jean-Francois Lyotard was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII and Professor of Humanities at Emory University. Stanford has published two other books of his: Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime (1994) and The Inhuman: Reflections on Time (1992).
- Author(s)Jean-Francois Lyotard
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication01/08/2000
- Series TitleCultural Memory in the Present Series
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note5 half-tones
- Weight187 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Translated byRichard Beardsworth
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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