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  1. Unveiling the Pathos of Life: The Phenomenology of Michel Henry and the Theology of John the Evangelist.John Behr - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):104-126.
    From the early centuries, the Evangelist John has been referred to as “the theologian.” And rightly so, for Christian theology, as we have come to know it, is inconceivable without his Gospel and especially its Prologue. Its words have provided the vocabulary for theological reflection thereafter, and it seems certain that, until the middle to the end of the second century, the annual celebration of Christ’s Passion, Pascha, was only celebrated by those who recalled how John had worn the distinctive (...)
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    Introduction: Kristeva and Race.Carol Mastrangelo Bové - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):1-5.
    The Kristeva Circle Conference of 2017 in Pittsburgh confirmed that writers throughout the world have been engaging with Julia Kristeva’s thought in large numbers and in ways relevant to “an ethics of inclusion,” the topic of the Conference. The question of race arguably came to a head at the conference when one of the founders of the Kristeva Circle, Fanny Söderbäck, commented on the paper just delivered by Kristeva via Skype, “The Psychic Life--A Life in Time: Psychoanalysis and Culture.” According (...)
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    Spain and Islam Once More: Fundamentalism in Sainte Thérèse D’Avila.Carol Mastrangelo Bové - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):69-80.
    Julia Kristeva's Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila confronts us with the contemporary problem of violent forms of fundamentalism, especially Islamic, as it recreates the life of Saint Theresa. The novel's psychoanalytic perspective engages our emotions and sensations, and is also therapeutic for author and reader. But most of all, it engages our thinking and deals in depth with this compelling, timely issue.
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  4. A Frightful Leap Into Darkness: Auto-Destructive Art and Extinction.Jack Halberstam - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):6-14.
    In a new book titled Wild Things: Queer Theory After Nature, I develop a new critical vocabulary to access different, transdisciplinary ways of thinking about race, sexuality, alternative political imaginaries and queer futurity and extinction. Wildness in no way signals the untamed frontier, or the absence of modernity, the barbarian, the animalistic or the opposite of civilization. Rather, in a post-colonial and even de-colonizing vein, it has emerged in the last few years as a marker of a desire to return (...)
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    Christianity: A Phenomenological Approach?Michel Henry - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):91-103.
    Here I investigate the possibility of a phenomenological approach to Christianity, with the understanding that this would not be a matter of proposing an interpretation, but that such an “approach” would be able to lead directly to the heart of Christianity. I will say immediately that a phenomenology that would be able to undertake such a task is not the historical phenomenology that was born with Husserl. Only an ideal phenomenology that would become what is required would be able to (...)
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    The Psychic Life: A Life in Time: Psychoanalysis and Culture.Julia Kristeva - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):81-90.
    Last year I published an autobiographical text in the form of interviews with a young psychologist entitled Je me voyage. The title’s neologism gives a nod to my foreign status in the French language which has largely determined my psychosexual positioning in research and in writing; the psychic experience has been central to my life’s trajectory In my familial context, culture constituted a world that made life liveable —and I experienced life, due to the importance accorded to language, as survival, (...)
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    Art, Mysticism, and the Other: Kristeva’s Adel and Teresa.Elaine P. Miller - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):43-55.
    Kristeva's Teresa My Love concerns the life and thought of a 16th century Spanish mystic, written in the form of a novel. Yet the theme of another kind of foreigner, equally exotic but this time threatening, pops up unexpectedly and disappears several times during the course of the novel. At the very beginning of the story, the 21st century narrator, psychoanalyst Sylvia Leclerque, encounters a young woman in a headscarf, whom Kristeva describes as an IT engineer, who speaks out, explaining (...)
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    Deleuze, Concepts, and Ideas About Film as Philosophy: A Critical and Speculative Re-Examination.Jakob Nilsson - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):127-149.
    This article explores the idea of film as a possible means for articulating original philosophical concepts, in Gilles Deleuze’s sense of concepts. The first of two parts, critically re-examines current ideas about film as philosophy in relation to Deleuze’s ideas on philosophy and cinema/art. It is common within the field of film-philosophy to trace back its central argument that film/cinema is capable of expressing original philosophy, to Deleuze’s cinema books. In and around these books, however, Deleuze did not express such (...)
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    Kristeva's Severed Head in Iraq: Antoon’s The Corpse Washer.Frances L. Restuccia - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):56-68.
    This paper offers a Kristevan reading of Antoon's The Corpse Washer. Although this text focuses specifically on Arab/Muslim culture, which cannot be translated into a racial category, this reading is meant to show the pertinence of Kristevan psychoanalytic theory in a non-Western context. One might go about linking such psychoanalytic work on non-Western writing to “race” in two ways. Insofar as The Corpse Washer demonstrates the validity of Kristevan psychoanalytic theory for non-Western art/artists, it implies the universality of that theory, (...)
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    Reading the Genotext in Harryette Mullen’s Muse & Drudge: “Sapphire’s Lyre Styles…”.William Scott - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):32-42.
    In her early work on Modernist poetry and avant-garde poetics, Julia Kristeva proposed a bifurcated view of the poetic text as simultaneously constituted by both a “genotext” and a “phenotext.” Reading the “genotext” of any given poem might start by “pointing out the transfers of drive energy that can be detected in phonematic devices and melodic devices ”; and, in her words, it would also need to take into consideration “the way semantic and categorial fields are set out in syntactic (...)
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    Time and Crisis: Questions for Psychoanalysis and Race.Hortense Spillers - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):25-31.
    In the triumvirate of personalities and motives—from Wright and Baldwin to Coates—we encounter the essential elements of the “crisis” that configures black passage in the New World. These lines of kinship, both consanguineous and ineffable, travelling from father to son, from uncle to nephew, from one generation to the next, lend us a figurative rhythm that grasps the notion of the processional —the traversal of time and space that remains fundamentally mysterious, just as we can put our finger directly on (...)
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    From Necrotic to Apoptotic Debt: Using Kristeva to Think Differently About Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy.Benigno Trigo - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (2):15-24.
    Without the maternal hold, without its herethical ethics and sublimation, without the stability that this hold can bring, we are melancholically or defensively driven to commit the most heinous acts of atrocity and violence in the name of eternal life, development, and progress. For the most part, Kristeva has described the combination of personal loss and social, cultural, and historical pressures brought to bear on the vexed sublimation of the maternal hold by artists like Giovanni Bellini. More recently, however, her (...)
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    Book Review: Rockwell F. Clancy, Towards a Political Anthropology in the Work of Gilles Deleuze: Psychoanalysis and Anglo-American Literature. [REVIEW]Ronald Bogue - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (1):134-137.
    A review of Rockwell F. Clancy, Towards a Political Anthropology in the Work of Gilles Deleuze: Psychoanalysis and Anglo-American Literature.
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    Book Review: Rockwell F. Clancy, Towards a Political Anthropology in the Work of Gilles Deleuze: Psychoanalysis and Anglo-American Literature. [REVIEW]Ronald Bogue - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (1):134-137.
    A review of Rockwell F. Clancy, Towards a Political Anthropology in the Work of Gilles Deleuze : Psychoanalysis and Anglo-American Literature.
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    Surprise: A Circular Dynamic of Multi-Directional Verbalization.Natalie Depraz - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (1):21-37.
    To understand the dynamics of the verbalization of surprise, I will start with the philosophical theoretical place that is, in my opinion, the most remarkable in terms of the descriptive phenomenology of surprise, namely, its approach by Paul Ricœur in Freedom and Nature in terms of what he calls “emotion-surprise.” This theoretical position will lead me to retrace, in a second step, the archeology of what Ricoeur calls the “circular phenomenon” or the “circular process” of surprise, which includes body language (...)
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    Logic of the Egotistical Sentence: A Reading of Descartes.Vincent Descombes - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (1):1-20.
    This text is a translation of two extracts from Vincent Descombes' 2014 book Le parler de soi. The majority of the translation consists of the chapter that Descombes dedicates to discussing Descartes extensively. In this text, Descombes analyzes “egotistical sentences,” or I-statements, beginning with the infamous example from Descartes. From here, he develops a substantial meditation on the nature of the self and its inherent philosophical paradoxes. The “radical question” guiding Descombes is whether or not an egotistical sentence has or (...)
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    Did Foucault Do Ethics? The "Ethical Turn," Neoliberalism, and the Problem of Truth.Patrick Gamez - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (1):107-133.
    This paper argues against a common misunderstanding of Foucault's work. Even after the release of his lectures at the Collège de France, which ran throughout the 1970s until his death in 1984, he is still often taken to have made an "ethical" turn toward the end of his life. As opposed to his genealogies of power published in the 1970s, which are relentlessly suspicious of claims of individual agency, his final monographs focus on the ethical self-formation of free individuals. I (...)
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    L’énigme du cap acéphale: Autour des parentés philosophiques entre égologie et hétérologie dans la lecture derridienne du Monsieur Teste de Valéry.Pietro Lembo - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (1):64-83.
    Le but de cette contribution c'est d'analyser la lecture derridienne du Monsieur Teste de Valéry afin de montrer que, par cette figure énigmatique, Derrida a voulu proposer une déconstruction double : une déconstruction de l’égologie souveraine au moyen de l’hétérologie contre-souveraine et vice-versa.
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    Putting the Ghost Into Language: Cartesian Echoes in Contemporary French Medical Humanism.Matthew R. McLennan - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (1):38-63.
    This article offers a definition of medical humanism and identifies four key contemporary medical humanists in France. It then makes two claims about the historical provenance of their humanism. First, they define it in opposition to a process of iatric medicalization that they trace to certain conceptual errors made by Descartes. But second, they remain more Cartesian than they seem to realize because they accept Descartes's knotting together of humanity, ethics and language. By looking at Gori and Del Volgo, Roudinesco (...)
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    The Curiosity at Work in Deconstruction.Perry Zurn - 2018 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 26 (1):84-106.
    Beginning with Jacques Derrida’s Beast and the Sovereign, I identify two forms of curiosity: 1) scientific curiosity, which proceeds through objective dissection and 2) therapeutic curiosity, which proceeds through observational confinement. Through an analysis of Derrida’s treatment of both sorts of curiosity, I notice and develop a third, deconstructive form of curiosity. Through repeated turn to the work of Sarah Kofman, I characterize this third curiosity as, by turns, linguistic, animal, and critical. As linguistic, this curiosity is a penchant for (...)
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