Leslie Hill, Blanchot: Extreme Contemporary [Book Review]

Philosophy in Review 18:344-346 (1998)

Victoria I. Burke
Ryerson University
Extreme Contemporary is a concise intellectual biography of Maurice Blanchot, a figure whose name, Leslie Hill claims, marks the site where the most important ideas of 19th and 20th century European philosophy overlap, intersect, and indeed, come to their fruition. It situates Blanchot as the radical heir to the questions concerning totality, experience, limit, Being, and Other, which G.W.F. Hegel and Martin Heidegger left in their wake, and it distinguishes him from George Bataille and Emmanuel Levinas, his friends and close counterparts. It does justice to the subtlety and elusive quality of Blanchot's writing.
Keywords il y a  differance  negativity  impossibility  asymmetry  beyond
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