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Chronopathologies 

Jack Reynolds, Chronopathologies: Time and Politics in Deleuze, Derrida, Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology (Rowman and Littlefield) 

A battle over the politics (and philosophy) of time is a major part of what is at stake in the differences between three competing currents of contemporary philosophy: analytic philosophy, post-structuralist philosophy, and phenomenological philosophy. Avowed or tacit philosophies of time define representatives of each of these groups and also guard against their potential interlocutors. However, by bringing the temporal differences between these philosophical trajectories to the fore, and showing both their methodological presuppositions and their ethico-political implications, this book begins a long overdue dialogue on their respective strengths and weaknesses. It argues that there are systemic temporal problems (chronopathologies) that afflict each, but especially the post-structuralist tradition (focusing on Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida and their prophetic future politics) and the analytic tradition (focusing on John Rawls and philosophical methodology in general, particularly the tendency to oscillate between forms of atemporality and intuition-oriented “presentism”). What is required is a “middle-way” that does not treat the living-present and the pragmatic temporality associated with bodily coping as an epiphenomenon to be explained away as either a transcendental illusion (and as a reactive force that is ethically problematic), or as a subjective/psychological experience that is not ultimately real.

"Reynolds is at the forefront of a return: the rebirth of phenomenology after successive burials by analytic philosophy, post-structuralism and naturalism. It returns, critically and controversially, through a philosophy of time setting lived time alongside contemporary scientific theories and ideas taken from Derrida and Deleuze. Reynolds has made believable phantoms of Heidegger, Levinas and, above all, Merleau-Ponty. It matters not whether you wish to dispel them or make them flesh, his book is an essential discussion of debates around time at the cross-over of different philosophical traditions" - James Williams.


"Jack Reynolds has undertaken the monumental task of defining philosophy as it stands today. Unlike any other book of which I know, Reynolds has approached all the major strains of contemporary philosophy with an even hand and a depth of insight, from analytic philosophy to post-structuralism, to phenomenology. Reynolds shows us that the primary philosophical problem remains that of time but now it is time connected to ethics and politics. The value of Chronopathologies cannot be underestimated" - Leonard Lawlor. 

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