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  1. Ashley Woodward (2014). Lyotard and the Figural in Performance, Art and Writing. [REVIEW] H-France Review 14 (15).
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  2. Ashley Woodward (2013). Deleuze, Nietzsche, and the Overcoming of Nihilism. Continental Philosophy Review 46 (1):115-147.
    This paper critically examines Deleuze’s treatment of the Nietzschean problem of nihilism. Of all the major figures in contemporary continental thought, Deleuze is at once one of the most luminous, and practically a lone voice in suggesting that nihilism may successfully be overcome. Whether or not he is correct on this point is thus a commanding question in relation to our understanding of the issue. Many commentators on Nietzsche have argued that his project of overcoming nihilism is destined to failure (...)
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  3. Ashley Woodward (2013). Testimony and the Affect-Phrase. In Heidi Bickis & Rob Shields (eds.), Rereading Jean-François Lyotard: Essays on His Later Work,. Ashgate.
     
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  4. Ashley Woodward (2012). The End of Time. Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 15:87-105.
    Approximately one trillion, trillion, trillion (101728) years from now, the universe will suffer a “heat death.” What are the existential implications of this fact for us, today? This chapter explores this question through Lyotard’s fable of the explosion of the sun, and its uptake and extension in the works of Keith Ansell Pearson and Ray Brassier. Lyotard proposes the fable as a kind of “post-metanarrative” sometimes told to justify research and development, and indeed the meaning of our individual lives, after (...)
     
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  5. Felicity Joseph, Jack Reynolds & Ashley Woodward (eds.) (2011). Continuum Companion to Existentialism. Continuum.
    The Continuum Companion to Existentialism offers the definitive guide to a key area of modern European philosophy. The book covers the fundamental questions asked by existentialism, providing valuable guidance for students and researchers to some of the many important and enduring contributions of existentialist thinkers. Eighteen specially commissioned essays from an international team of experts explore existentialism’s relationship to philosophical method; ontology; politics; psychoanalysis; ethics; religion; literature; emotion; feminism and sexuality; cognitive science; authenticity and the self; its significance in Latin (...)
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  6. Jack Reynolds & Ashley Woodward (2011). Existentialism and Poststructuralism: Some Unfashionable Observations. In Felicity Joseph, Jack Reynolds & Ashley Woodward (eds.), Continuum Companion to Existentialism. Continuum. 260.
    This chapter challenges the received doxa that the generation of ‘poststructuralist’ philosophers broke decisively with existentialism and rendered it out of date, a mere historical curiosity. Drawing on recent research in the area, it draws some lines of influence, and even argues for some surprising points of commonality, between existentialism and poststructuralism. At least some of the core philosophical ideas of poststructuralists such as Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze bear more in common with existentialism than is often supposed. (...)
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  7. Ashley Woodward (2011). Camus and Nihilism. Sophia 50 (4):543-559.
    Camus published an essay entitled ‘Nietzsche and Nihilism,’ which was later incorporated into The Rebel . Camus' aim was to assess Nietzsche's response to the problem of nihilism. My aim is to do the same with Camus. The paper explores Camus' engagement with nihilism through its two major modalities: with respect to the individual and the question of suicide in The Myth of Sisyphus , and with respect to the collective and the question of murder in The Rebel . While (...)
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  8. Ashley Woodward (ed.) (2011). Interpretations of Nietzsche: Receptions and Influence. Continuum.
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  9. Ashley Woodward (2011). Nihilism and the Sublime in Lyotard. Angelaki 16 (2):51 - 71.
    This paper seeks to demonstrate that in Lyotard?s later works the sublime is posited as a response to nihilism. This demonstration is significantly complicated by the fact that while Lyotard frequently gave the sublime a positive valuation, he also identified it with nihilism. The paper charts Lyotard?s confrontation with nihilism throughout his career, showing how the themes with which he characterizes nihilism in his earlier works are repeated as characteristics of the sublime in his later works. It then argues that (...)
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  10. Ashley Woodward (2009). The Lyotard Reader and Guide. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 28 (2):105-107.
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  11. Ashley Woodward (2009). Nihilism in Postmodernity. The Davies Group.
    Nihilism in Postmodernity is an exploration of the nature of the problem of meaninglessness in the contemporary world through the philosophical traditions of nihilism and postmodernism. The author traces the advent of modern nihilism in the works of Nietzsche, Sartre, and Heidegger, before detailing the postmodern transformation of nihilism in the works of three major postmodern thinkers: Lyotard, Baudrillard, and Vattimo. He presents a qualified defense of their positions, arguing that while there is much under-appreciated value in their responses to (...)
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  12. Ashley Woodward (2009). The Verwindung of Capital: On the Philosophy and Politics of Gianni Vattimo. Symposium 13 (1):73-99.
    Gianni Vattimo occupies the relatively rare position of being both a prominent philosopher and an engaged politician. This article outlines Vattimo’s philosophy of “weak thought” and his democratic socialist politics, and argues that there is a “gap” between them: his stated political positions seem at odds with aspects of his philosophy. This gap between the phi- losophical and the political is examined with reference to the topic of globalised capitalism. I then apply Vattimo’s own strategy in reading other philosophers to (...)
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  13. Ashley Woodward (2008). Deleuze and Suicide. In Anna Hickey-Moody & Peta Malins (eds.), Deleuzian Encounters: Studies in Contemporary Social Issues. Palgrave Macmillan.
     
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  14. Ashley Woodward (2008). Weak Thought and its Discontents: Engaging the Philosophy of Gianni Vattimo. Colloquy 15:178-196.
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  15. Ashley Woodward (2008). Was Baudrillard a Nihilist? International Journal of Baudrillard Studies 5 (1).
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  16. Ashley Woodward (2007). Immaterial Matter. In Barbara Bolt, Felicity Colman, Graham Jones & Ashley Woodward (eds.), Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life. Cambridge Scholars Press.
    This chapter explores Lyotard’s aesthetics in relation to the artist Yves Klein. Through the different activities of philosophy and art, Lyotard and Klein both explore the nature of sensibilité through an investigation of matter. Both paradoxically conclude that matter is in a sense immaterial. Lyotard understands matter as that part of an artwork which is diverse, unstable, and evanescent: in music, this corresponds to nuance and timbre, and in painting, to colour. Following Kant’s aesthetics, Lyotard interprets matter as that which (...)
     
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  17. Ashley Woodward (2007). Minima Memoria: In the Wake of Jean-Franciois Lyotard. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review (5).
     
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  18. Ashley Woodward (2006). Answering the Question, ‘What is an Event? antiTHESIS 16:12-25.
    This article surveys the notion of the event as it is treated in Lyotard’s works, and examines the implications of this treatment for his method, and for critical theory in general. While the event is of importance to many influential French philosophers, it is arguably Lyotard who has positioned his philosophy most central around the problem of accounting for events. For Lyotard, an event is an occurence which cannot be predicted in advance, and cannot be fully determined in retrospect. An (...)
     
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  19. Ashley Woodward (2006). Gianni Vattimo, Dialogue with Nietzsche Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 26 (4):303-305.
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  20. Ashley Woodward (2006). New Technologies and Lyotard's Aesthetics. Literaria Pragensia 16 (32):14-35.
    One of the less-appreciated modalities of Lyotard’s rethinking of aesthetics is a consideration of the way that technologies, and in particular information technologies, reconfigure the nature of aesthetic experience. For Lyotard, information technology presents a particular problem in relation to the arts and aesthetic experience. When art uses communication technologies themselves as its matter or medium, the “traditional” model of aesthetic experience becomes problematised. Lyotard argues that this is the case because information technologies determine or “program” a conceptual meaning in (...)
     
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  21. Ashley Woodward, Jean-François Lyotard. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  22. Ashley Woodward (2002). Nihilism and the Postmodern in Vattimo's Nietzsche. Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 6:51-67.
    A connection is often made between postmodernism and nihilism, but the full meaning of such a connection is rarely explored. The contemporary Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo is one of the few philosophers to have devoted much work to explaining this connection. Vattimo extrapolates the relevance of Nietzsche’s theory of nihilism for the postmodern condition, arguing that the concept of the postmodern can only be thought rigorously in relation to the nihilistic destiny of the West. This article explores Vattimo’s postmodern reading (...)
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