"The Absence of Origin”: Beckett and Contemporary French Philosophy

Tubridy, Derval. 2006. "The Absence of Origin”: Beckett and Contemporary French Philosophy. In: David Rudrum, ed. Contemporary Debates in Literature and Philosophy. London: Palgrave macmillan, pp. 24-36. ISBN 1403947732 [Book Section]

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'Samuel Beckett and Contemporary French Philosophy' explores the productive relationship between literature and philosophy, tracing the key ideas that inform Beckett's work and the ways in which these ideas are central to the French philosophy that developed in Beckett's wake. Forged within a similar cultural nexus both writer and philosophers pursue questions of epistemology and ontology within an exploration of the nature and function of language. Reacting against the rule-bound parameters of conceptual frameworks such as empiricism and structuralism, the chapter argues that both Beckett and key French philosophers such as Lyotard, Derrida, Deleuze and Blanchot seek to establish an understanding of subjectivity that takes into consideration the somatic and the contingent within the context of writing.

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