Reflections on Jean Améry

Torture, Resentment, and Homelessness as the Mind’s Limits

  • Vivaldi Jean-Marie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Vivaldi Jean-Marie
    Pages 127-129
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 131-147

About this book


This book elaborates Jean Améry’s critique of philosophy and his discussion of some central philosophical themes in At the Mind’s Limits and his other writings. It shows how Améry elaborates the shortcomings and unfitness of philosophical theories to account for torture, the experience of homelessness, and other indignities, and their inability to assist with overcoming resentment. It thus teases out the philosophical import of Jean Améry's critique of philosophy, which constitutes his own philosophical testament of being an inmate at Auschwitz. This book situates At the Mind’s Limits in the context of twentieth-century Continental philosophy. On the one hand, it elaborates Améry’s engagement with key philosophical figures. On the other hand, it shows how thoroughly Améry denounces the limits of the philosophical enterprise, and its impotence in capturing and accounting for the crimes of the Third Reich. 


holocaust adorno auschwitz anti-semitism nazism

Authors and affiliations

  • Vivaldi Jean-Marie
    • 1
  1. 1.City University of New YorkNew York, NYUSA

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