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Blanchot’s Vigilance

Literature, Phenomenology and the Ethical


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Lars Iyer
    Pages 1-3
  3. Lars Iyer
    Pages 4-49
  4. Lars Iyer
    Pages 50-88
  5. Lars Iyer
    Pages 89-116
  6. Lars Iyer
    Pages 117-132
  7. Lars Iyer
    Pages 133-150
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 151-169

About this book


Of the many questions provoked by Blanchot's thought and writing, that of understanding its ethical and political significance is perhaps the most pressing. Spanning his literary critical and philosophical writings, and addressing such major concepts as the image and the neuter, Blanchot's Vigilance presents a sustained analysis of Blanchot's response to Levinas's ethical thought, the political commitments of the Surrealists, Heidegger's readings of the ancient Greeks, and the claims of psychoanalysis. In a series of thorough and lucid readings, Iyer presents Blanchot's central concern as maintaining a kind of vigilance over a difference which opens in the articulation of sense.


concept Emmanuel Lévinas Martin Heidegger phenomenology philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophical StudiesUniversity of Newcastle upon TyneUK

About the authors

LARS IYER is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. He is the author of Blanchot's Communism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

Bibliographic information


'The great strength of the book is Iyers' ability to place Blanchot's thinking close to literary works and the plastic arts, and thus for the literary reader new to Blanchot I believe I would recommend this book above all the others I have mentioned.' - Thomas Carl Wall, Journal for the British Society for Phenomenology