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    Conflict of Interpretations on Ricoeur’s Contributions to the Philosophy of Technology.Patrick Francis Bloniasz - 2024 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 31 (1):124-138.
    Recent literature regarding how Ricoeur’s work relates to the philosophy of technology appears prima facie to be contradictory. In one established interpretation, Ricoeur’s contributions are merely indirect as he did not engage with the empirical turn of the discipline in the 1980s and maintained a suspicious view of technology based on a profound concern with the distinction between persons and things. In this view, Ricoeur’s work does not add anything new to the discipline but is still valuable to the philosophy (...)
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    What World is This? On Judith Butler's Ethico-Politics of Breath and Touch.Kurt Borg - 2024 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 31 (1):226-241.
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    The Phenomenology of Pain and Pleasure: Henry and Levinas.Espen Dahl & Theodor Sandal Rolfsen - 2024 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 31 (1):46-67.
    While Henry and Levinas are often juxtaposed, little attention has been given to their shared views on pain and pleasure. Both phenomenologists converge on the argument that an adequate account of pain and pleasure requires a critical confrontation with the theory of intentionality. This raises further questions. What roles do interiority and exteriority play in pain and pleasure? Should they be conceived as different tonalities of one essence or as heterogenous phenomena? Despite their shared critique of intentionality, Henry and Levinas (...)
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    Testing Anthropocentrism: Lacan and the Animal Imago.Jacqueline Dalziell - 2024 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 31 (1):163-187.
    In an effort to complicate the human subject, this article considers the critical insights of psychoanalytic thinker Jacques Lacan, focusing in particular on his essay, “The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I As Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience” (1949). ‘The Mirror Stage’ explains how we break from nature, differentiate ourselves from the animal and graduate from primordial subsistence as psychically folded into the first lightning strike of recognition that arrives with/as self-reflection. Curiously however, in sustaining his argument (...)
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    Raymond Aron and the 'Sense of Compromise' in Democracy.Laure Gillot-Assayag - 2024 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 31 (1):210-225.
    This article seeks to explore the relevance of compromise in Raymond Aron’s essays. The concept of compromise has never been subjected to critical scrutiny in his works. The paper offers a new interpretation of R. Aron’s democratic theory by arguing that “the sense of compromise”, mainly set out in Democracy and Totalitarianism, is a foundational and pivotal concept to highlight the specifics of his liberal thought and his understanding of democratic pluralism. It aims to provide a critical analysis, presenting a (...)
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    Where is the Place for Black Atlantic Literature and Authorship?Sophia Jahadhmy - 2024 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 31 (1):1-23.
    In the wake of Black Atlantic terror, enslavement, colonialism and violence, is there a place for literature? Where is there a place for the author? In other words, to rethink poet Muriel Rukeyser’s question, where is there a place for Black Atlantic literature and authorship? Proposing Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic as the window through which to answer these questions, this essay focuses on the place for/of literature and authorship as Gilroy thinks them through an engagement with Richard Wright’s life (...)
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    La radicalité du manger chez Levinas.Alžbeta Kuchtová & Rui Matsuba - 2024 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 31 (1/2):139-147.
    Le texte propose une analyse de l'acte de manger chez Emmanuel Levinas. Plus spécifiquement, nous nous concentrons sur le manger et le travail. Le manger et le travail sont deux types d’appropriation possibles du monde par l’ipséité. Notre but est de décrire les deux types d’appropriation du monde chez Emmanuel Levinas et de les comparer. On en tirera des possibles conséquences pour une pensée écologique dans la conclusion parce que le manger éfface les frontières entre l'humain et le non-humain. Il (...)
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    Merleau-Ponty and Derrida on Husserl’s Origin of Geometry.Douglas Low - 2024 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 31 (1):188-209.
    A number of claims made by Derrida concerning Merleau-Ponty’s interpretation of Husserl will be carefully considered and evaluated here. First, Derrida’s claim that Merleau-Ponty’s mis-interprets Husserl’s letter to Lévy-Bruhl will be challenged. Secondly, Derrida’s claim that his criticism of Husserl’s phenomenology can be applied just as well to Merleau-Ponty’s will be challenged. Thirdly, it is a careful consideration of textual evidence that will be used to support these challenges. Finally, Merleau-Ponty’s late lectures will take us back to the Lévy-Bruhl letter (...)
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    The Seduction of Metaphors.Philip Mills - 2024 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 31 (1):148-162.
    Nietzsche’s metaphor of seduction suggests that language catches philosophers in the trap of metaphysics. Nietzsche uses the poetic powers of language to fight against this metaphysical language. However, his use of the metaphor of truth as a woman seems to seduce him back in metaphysics. Metaphors become seductive because of their rhetorical and performative power. One must therefore be wary of the seduction of metaphors when attempting at revaluating the metaphysics of language. Hélène Cixous undertakes such a task, using a (...)
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    Sartre and the Phenomenology of Pain: A Closer Look.Jacob Saliba - 2024 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 31 (1):68-84.
    Conventionally distinguished as a problem for medical professionals, experiences of embodied pain have prompted a significant set of themes and perspectives in the Continental tradition of philosophy. The discipline of phenomenology, in particular, offers thought-provoking approaches for understanding the fullness and diversity of living one’s pain in everyday life. In contrast to scientific practices that tend to take for granted the subjective structures of human consciousness in action, the phenomenological framework of lived experience offers profoundly subtle accounts for explaining how (...)
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    The Interrelation of Dialectic and Hermeneutics in Paul Ricœur’s Early Philosophy of the Self.Michael Steinmetz - 2024 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 31 (1):106-123.
    While Ricœur's œuvre is commonly known as hermeneutic philosophy, it is evident that he also deals with major problems dialectically - a discipline often put in opposition to hermeneutics. In this paper, I offer an interpretation of the relationship between dialectic and hermeneutic regarding Ricœur's early theory of the self, which he developed in the 1960s, beginning with the second volume of his Philosophie de la volonté, Finitude et Culpabilité. I argue that hermeneutic and dialectic refer to each other by (...)
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