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Reflections on Jean Améry

Torture, Resentment, and Homelessness as the Mind’s Limits

Authors: Jean-Marie, Vivaldi

  • Explores Jean Améry’s critique of philosophy, as well as some central philosophical themes in his writings
  • Argues that At the Mind’s Limits offers a unique perspective onto the Holocaust and its cultural and ethical aftermaths 
  • Situates selected parts of At the Mind’s Limits in a conversation with those European philosophers and traditions that influenced Améry
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This book elaborates Jean Améry’s critique of philosophy and his discussion of some central philosophical themes in At the Mind’s Limits and his other writings. It shows how Améry elaborates the shortcomings and unfitness of philosophical theories to account for torture, the experience of homelessness, and other indignities, and their inability to assist with overcoming resentment. It thus teases out the philosophical import of Jean Améry's critique of philosophy, which constitutes his own philosophical testament of being an inmate at Auschwitz. This book situates At the Mind’s Limits in the context of twentieth-century Continental philosophy. On the one hand, it elaborates Améry’s engagement with key philosophical figures. On the other hand, it shows how thoroughly Améry denounces the limits of the philosophical enterprise, and its impotence in capturing and accounting for the crimes of the Third Reich. 

About the authors

Vivaldi Jean-Marie is a Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. He also holds an ongoing appointment as an adjunct Professor of Philosophy and African-American Studies at the IRAAS at Columbia University. He is the author of Fanon: Collective Ethics and Humanism (2007), Kierkegaard: History and Eternal Happiness (2008), and Voodoo Cosmology and the Haitian Revolution in the Enlightenment Ideals of Kant and Hegel (2018). He has published articles in the following peer-reviewed journals: Gnosis, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Souls, and The CLR James Journal. He was Scholar-in-Residence at Hertford College, Oxford University during the Summer 2015.

 


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Memory, the Jewish Intellectual, and Cartesian Cogito

    Jean-Marie, Vivaldi

    Pages 1-28

  • Torture and Homelessness: The Horrible Can Make No Claim to Singularity

    Jean-Marie, Vivaldi

    Pages 29-66

  • Améry and Nietzsche on Resentment, Collective Guilt, and Historical Revisionism

    Jean-Marie, Vivaldi

    Pages 67-97

  • Améry and Sartre: The Necessity and Impossibility of Being an Authentic Jew

    Jean-Marie, Vivaldi

    Pages 99-126

  • Conclusion

    Jean-Marie, Vivaldi

    Pages 127-129

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-02345-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $74.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-02344-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reflections on Jean Améry
Book Subtitle
Torture, Resentment, and Homelessness as the Mind’s Limits
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02345-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02345-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-02344-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 147
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