top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
Madness and Death in Philosophy
Madness and Death in Philosophy
Click on image to enlarge

Ferit Guven - Author
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 232 pages
Release Date: March 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6393-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6393-2

Price: $29.95 
Paperback - 232 pages
Release Date: June 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6394-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6394-9

Price: $29.95 
Electronic - 232 pages
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-8356-5

Before purchasing a SUNY Press PDF eBook
for the first time you must read this...

click here
Available as a Google eBook
for other eReaders and tablet devices.
Click icon below...

Available on Kno platform as an interactive eBook for use on iPad, Web and Android devices. Click icon below...

Summary Read First Chapter image missing

Demonstrates the significance of the concepts of madness and death for the history of philosophy.

Ferit Güven illuminates the historically constitutive roles of madness and death in philosophy by examining them in the light of contemporary discussions of the intersection of power and knowledge and ethical relations with the other. Historically, as Güven shows, philosophical treatments of madness and death have limited or subdued their disruptive quality. Madness and death are linked to the question of how to conceptualize the unthinkable, but Güven illustrates how this conceptualization results in a reduction to positivity of the very radical negativity these moments represent. Tracing this problematic through Plato, Hegel, Heidegger, and, finally, in the debate on madness between Foucault and Derrida, Güven gestures toward a nonreducible, disruptive form of negativity, articulated in Heidegger's critique of Hegel and Foucault's engagement with Derrida, that might allow for the preservation of real otherness and open the possibility of a true ethics of difference.

"The brilliant rethinking of the problem of negativity in Hegel and Heidegger is intellectually important. It is convincing, clear, and truly interesting. In addition, it is pivotal to clarifying Heidegger's contribution to contemporary thought. This reading is also valuable because, implicitly, it shows how mistaken the Frankfurt School is in its response to Heidegger, since this response is largely based on the supposed absence of negativity in his work. Güven's excellent reading proves that such critiques have no basis in Heidegger's work." — Krzysztof Ziarek, author of Inflected Language: Toward a Hermeneutics of Nearness: Heidegger, Levinas, Stevens, Celan

"An excellent exposition of a much-neglected area in philosophy, this is a very important and timely work." — Jon Mills, author of The Unconscious Abyss: Hegel's Anticipation of Psychoanalysis

Ferit Güven is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College.

Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents




Madness and Death

1. Plato: Death and Madness in the Phaedo and Phaedrus

2. Hegel: The Madness of the Soul and the Death of the Spirit

3. Heidegger: Death as Negativity

4. Heidegger: Madness, Negativity, Truth, and History

5. Foucault: The History of Madness


Madness Is Not a Thing of the Past




Related Subjects

Related Products

Art and Its Significance
Art and Its Significance
Being and Time
Being and Time
Human Experience
Human Experience
The Moral Warrior
The Moral Warrior
The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives
The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives

Customers Who Bought This Product Also Bought
Cavell on Film
Cavell on Film
The Actuality of Adorno
The Actuality of Adorno