Living Existentialism

Living Existentialism

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Writing in the late 1990s about the tendency of encyclopedists to designate existentialism a finished project, Thomas W. Busch cautions that such hasty periodization risks distorting our understanding of the contemporary philosophical scene and of depriving ourselves of vital resources for critiquing contemporary forms of oppression, what Garbriel Marcel referred to as processes of dehumanization. We should recall that ""existentialism made possible present forms of Continental philosophy, all of which assume the existentialist critique of dualism, essentialism, and totality in modern philosophy,"" and we should acknowledge that ""existentialism remains capable of haunting today's scene as an important and relevant critic.""
Offered in honor of Thomas W. Busch after his more than fifty years of work in philosophy, the essays in this volume attest to existentialism as a living project. The essays are written by scholars who championed existentialism in America and by scholars who now seek to extend existentialist insights into new territory, including into research in cognitive science. The essays range from studies of key figures and texts to explorations of urgent topics such as the nature of freedom and the possibility of what Busch calls ""incorporation,"" a sense of communicative solidarity that respects difference and disagreement.

""While each essay opens up a world of its own and invites the reader along a skillfully guided argument, the entire collection is a refreshing contribution to the existentialist scholarship. Instead of a partisan defense of the tradition's timelessness, this volume faithfully echoes Thomas W. Busch's sober approach and demonstrates the thematic timeliness of existentialism.""
--Farhang Erfani, American University; author of Aesthetics of Autonomy: Sartre and Ricoeur on Emancipation, Authenticity, and Selfhood

""This collection testifies to the diverse and lasting impact of Tom Busch's thinking and teaching. Busch's interest in thinkers including Marcel, Sartre, Beauvoir, and Merleau-Ponty has translated, for his readers and students, into enduring contributions in fields as varied as feminist philosophy, political theory, cognitive science, and literary analysis. Many of these essays have inherited from Busch's teaching and writing the element of hopefulness that he himself found in existentialism and phenomenology.""
--Rebecca Steiner Goldner, St. John's College, Annapolis


Gregory Hoskins, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, is the Assistant Director of the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program at Villanova University.
 
J. C. Berendzen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498298513
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/24/2017
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Gregory Hoskins, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, is the Assistant Director of the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program at Villanova University.
 
J. C. Berendzen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Preface Gregory Hoskins J. C. Berendzen xi

Acknowledgments xix

Part 1 Gabriel Marcel in Contemporary Context

1 Marcel and Derrida: Christ inn Existentialism and the Genesis of Deconstruction John Caputo 3

2 Reading Marcel's Philosophy of Dialogical Inter-subjectivity in a Con temporary Light Sally Fischer 24

3 Reflections on Gabriel Marcel's Belief in the Afterlife Geoffrey Karabin 45

Part 2 Living French Existentialism: Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre

4 Picking Out the "Right" Color: Perceptual Normativity in Merleau-Ponty J. C. Berendzen 61

5 Misadventures of the Dialectic: Merleau-Ponty and Sartre Thomas Flynn 78

6 The End of the Gaze Shaun Gallagher 99

7 Sartre in Dialogue with Husserl and Beauvoir: The Evolution of Existential Freedom Shannon M. Mussett 111

8 "Bad Faith" in Being and Nothingness: Unambiguously Epistemological as well as Ontological Ronald E. Santoni 128

9 Beauvoir on Communication and Incorporation in The Mandarins: Building on Insights from Thomas Busch Sally Scholz 135

10 The Devil and the Good Lord: Demystifying Feudalism, God, and the Devil Adrian van den Hoven 152

Part 3 Beyond French Existentialism

11 Kierkegaard on the Positive Role of Reason in Leading to Christian Faith Thomas Anderson 177

12 Farewell to Postmodernism? William McBride 189

13 Edith Stein's Experiential Critique of Heidegger Robert Wood 197

14 Living Existentialism: Art Interview with Thomas W. Busch Thomas Busch Gregory Hoskins 214

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