French Philosophy of the Sixties: An Essay on Antihumanism by Luc Ferry

By Luc Ferry

Due to the fact its book in France in 1985, this critique of the most currents in modern French concept has caused debate over the nature of postmodern philosophy. Luc Ferry and Alain Renaut provide sociopolitical research of the may well 1968 pupil rebellion in France, discover the relationship among the riot and the increase of postmodern inspiration, and query no matter if pupil dissent was once a real humanist response to stipulations in France at the moment.

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It may also be that, through this desire to radicalize a gesture that had already ____________________ 46 M. Foucault, interview of May 29, 1984, which appeared in Les Nouvelles littéraires, from June 28 to July 5, 1984. -25been a ritual of German philosophy for almost a century, '68 philosophy found itself even more naively and more seriously exposed to difficulties that today require, as we attempt to take account of them, a reexamination of the interminable case that has been endlessly made against the subject for two decades.

89). " 35 The questioning of humanism and subjectivity logically belongs within the framework of this deconstruction of modernity: In view of this "devastation of the earth, a result of metaphysics," where man becomes a "beast of labor . . " 38 . As we know, Heidegger would situate it in the opening onto the true revelation of things, in this "illumination of Being" which it is man's to "shepherd," thinking himself as "Da-sein," that is, as the "there" of Being, as the place where Being (the coming forth of things) comes to be gathered in and sheltered in a gaze.

15 J. Derrida, Glas, Galilée, 1974, p. 264. 16 P. Bourdieu, "Le Champ scientifique," Actes, June 1976, p. 88. -13who had not already been reminded of the sophists when confronted with this kind of discourse. The "philosophists" of the '68 period gained their greatest success through accustoming their readers and listeners to the belief that incomprehensibility is a sign of greatness and that the thinker's silence before the incongruous demand for meaning was not proof of weakness but the indication of endurance in the presence of the Unsayable.

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