By Malgorzata Kowalska, Cain Elliott, Jan Burzynski
<I>Dialectics past Dialectics </I>is a examine of up to date French philosophy from Bataille to Derrida. It analyses, at the first point of generalization, the decomposition of Hegelianism understood as <I>philosophy of totality</I>. Many French philosophers of the 20<SUP>th</SUP> century deconstruct Hegelian dialectics and harshly criticize the very suggestion of totality as both harmful or very unlikely. The thesis of the publication is that, on doing so, they don't fairly holiday with dialectics, yet rework it. at the moment point of generalization, the difficulty of the ebook is modernity and the thesis is that modifications of dialectics display changes of recent cognizance which - regardless of hasty declarations at the <I>end of modernity </I>- nonetheless continues to be ours.
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For in order to work and to know, it first has to exist. As distinct from Heidegger and Sartre, Lévinas does not associate the existence of the I with either “thrownness” or with absurd facticity, which remains beyond our choice. On the contrary, for a being to exist as I, it needs to find a way to constitute its own existence. Such a constitution is nothing more or less than an act of self-identification or an ongoing self-identifying: To be I is, over and beyond any individuation that can be derived from a system of references, to have identity as ones content.
It seems, however, that totality in the strong sense can exist only insofar as the difference is relative, that is, insofar as there is no real rupture, and the “work of difference” is ultimately subordinated to both global identity and continuity. Does it not follow, then, that in order to speak of totality one has to posit such a global identity?
24 If marginalized, the striving toward such freedom has always been present in the course of history. It finds its confirmation in the strange and brutal rites of early religions, especially in sacrificial rites, and wars or, more precisely, in brutality that transcends the utilitarian goals of war. Finally, it also finds its confirmation in various religions, although, according to the author of the Theory of Religion, the major monotheisms in which God is deemed a purely spiritual and transcendent being have largely perverted the quest for an intimate relation with being.