Philosophizing Madness from Nietzsche to Derrida

  • Angelos Evangelou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  3. Friedrich Nietzsche: Madness and the Limits of Becoming

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
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  4. Georges Bataille: Madness and the ‘Ethics of Vulnerability’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
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  5. Michel Foucault: Madness and Philosophical Incapacity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
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  6. Jacques Derrida: Philosophy Opens Up to Madness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
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  7. Responding to Madness: Autobiographical Philosophy

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      Pages 227-227
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About this book

Introduction

Drawing connections between madness, philosophy and autobiography, this book addresses the question of how Nietzsche's madness might have affected his later works. It also explores why continental philosophy after Nietzsche is so fascinated with madness, and how it (re)considers, (re)evaluates and (re)valorizes madness. To answer these questions, the book analyzes the work of three major figures in twentieth-century French philosophy who were significantly influenced by Nietzsche: Bataille, Foucault and Derrida, examining the ways in which their responses to Nietzsche’s madness determine how they understand philosophy as well as philosophy’s relation to madness. For these philosophers, posing the question about madness renders the philosophical subject vulnerable and implicates it in a state of responsibility towards that about which it asks. Out of this analysis of their engagement with the question of madness emerges a new conception of 'autobiographical philosophy', which entails the insertion of this vulnerable subject into the philosophical work, to which each of these philosophers adheres or resists in different ways.

Keywords

autobiographical philosophy Nietzsche event Ecce Homo Georges Bataille Michel Foucault Jacques Derrida conceptual framework masks

Authors and affiliations

  • Angelos Evangelou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Comparative LiteratureUniversity of KentCanterburyUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57093-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57092-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57093-8
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