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Engages the work and career of a central figure in contemporary philosophy.
Hugh J. Silverman was an inspiring scholar and teacher, known for his work engaging and shaping phenomenology, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, structuralism, poststructuralism, and deconstruction. As Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University, State University of New York, Silverman’s work was marked by “the between,” a concept he developed to think the postmodern in the space between philosophy and non-philosophy. In this volume, leading scholars explore and extend Silverman’s philosophical contributions, from reflections on the notions of care, time, and responsibility, to presentations of the practices and possibilities of deconstruction itself. They provide an assessment of Silverman’s life and work at the intersection of philosophy, ethics, and politics.
Donald A. Landes is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Université Laval, Québec. He is the author of several books, including Merleau-Ponty and the Paradoxes of Expression and The Merleau-Ponty Dictionary, as well as the translator of Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception. Leonard Lawlor is Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University. He is the author and editor of many books, including Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy. Peter Gratton is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the author of The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity and the coeditor (with Marie-Eve Morin) of Jean-Luc Nancy and Plural Thinking: Expositions of World, Ontology, Politics, and Sense, both also published by SUNY Press.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Donald A. Landes
Part 1. Inscriptions and Textualities: Silverman’s Deconstructive Practice
2. Enacting the “Between”: Silverman and Continental Philosophy Gary E. Aylesworth
3. Between Inscriptions: Intertextuality as Philosophical Method Donald A. Landes
4. Autobiographical Textualities: Hugh J. Silverman on Writing the Self Galen A. Johnson
Part 2. Silverman and Derrida: Justice/Hospitality/Writing
5. In MemoriamAn Indecidable: For HJS Michael Naas
6. Of Philosophy, Friendship, and Justice Debra Bergoffen
7. Return to Sender: The Atopia and Non-Synchronicity of Autobiographizing Eduardo Mendieta
Part 3. Postmodern Heroes, Subjects, and Responsibilities
8. The Space-in-Between: The Frame and Excess in the Thought of Hugh J. Silverman Leonard Lawlor
9. From the Death of the Subject to Stories of Natality: Foucault, Arendt, and Silverman Ewa Płonowska Ziarek
10. The Murderer, the Journalist, and the Responsibility between Us Peter Gratton
11. Postmodernisms: On a Posthumous Book Gertrude Postl
Part 4. Care/Time/Community: Remembering Hugh J. Silverman
12. Hugh Silverman’s Cosmopolitan Hospitality Kelly Oliver
13. HughTaking Time and Taking Care Edward S. Casey
14. The Silverman Network Gail Weiss
15. The Final BetweenBeing Inbetween Self: Epigrams Inbetween Epigraphs and Epitaphs Lee Silverman
Selected Bibliography of Works by Hugh J. Silverman Kathleen Hulley