Rethinking Facticity

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-08
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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The concept of facticity has undergone crucial transformations over the last century in hermeneutics and phenomenology, but it has not yet received the attention that it warrants. Following a suggestion by Merleau-Ponty that philosophy is not about essences but rather the facticity of existence, prominent philosophers examine the significance of facticity in its historical context and reflect on its contemporary relevance. Focusing on the works of Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Lacan, and Fanon, among others, they trace its significance from life-philosophy to contemporary European thought and explore its philosophical implications. The following questions are addressed: What thoughts of experience, of subjectivity, of finitude, of nature, of the body, of racial and sexual difference does facticity provoke? What thinking of language, of history, of birth and death, of our ethical being-in-the-world does it mobilize? Exploring these questions, the contributors offer new interpretations of facility. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Phenomenology and Facticity
From Phenomenological Immortality to Natalityp. 25
On the Genesis of Heidegger's Formally Indicative Hermeneutics of Facticityp. 41
Factical Life and the Need for Philosophyp. 69
Heidegger and the Hermeneutics of Facticity
The Passion of Facticityp. 89
The Being-with of the Being-Therep. 113
Heidegger and the Ethics of Facticityp. 129
Intransitive Facticity? A Question to Heideggerp. 149
Race, Embodiment, and the Unconscious
Can Race Be Thought in Terms of Facticity? A Reconsideration of Sartre's and Fanon's Existential Theories of Racep. 195
Merleau-Ponty on Fact and Essencep. 215
The Chiasm and the Remainder (How Does Touching Touch Itself?)p. 229
The Unconscious Body in the Psychoanalytic Theory of J.-D. Nasiop. 253
Contemporary Perspectives
Keeping Art to its Edgep. 273
Existence Authoritarian: Compulsion, Facticity, and the Philosophy of Identityp. 289
Primordial Attunement, Hardening, and Bearingp. 317
Re: Thinking Facticityp. 345
Contributors Informationp. 375
Indexp. 379
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