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  1. Week 1 4 items
    Read §55 from Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, §125 and §343 from The Gay Science.
    1. Athens and Jerusalem - Lev Shestov, Bernard Martin 2016

      Book Essential Read the Foreword to Lev Shestov's Athens and Jerusalem, paying particular attention to the story of the poisoning and death of Socrates (pp. 51-67). Read also pp. 80-93 from the first chapter, 'Parmenides in Chains', about Socrates's death and Plato's definition of philosophy as the 'practice of death'.

    2. The Lev Shestov journal =: Cahiers Léon Chestov - University of Glasgow. Department of French 1997-

      Journal Essential Read the article on 'The Death of Socrates: Philosophy Beyond the Limit' in The Lev Shestov Journal nr. 2/1998, pp.

    3. Existentialism: a reconstruction - David E. Cooper 1990

      Book Further Read the first chapter, 'Preliminaries', from David E. Cooper's book, Existentialism, paying attention to the sources and uses of the word 'existentialism' in the modern period (pp. 1-19)

    4. Conceptions of the absurd: from surrealism to the existential thought of Chestov and Fondane - Ramona Fotiade, University of Oxford. European Humanities Research Centre 2001

      Book Recommended Read the Introduction paying special attention to the emergence of the notions of the 'absurd' and of 'existential' philosophy in 20thC French thought. (pp. 1-7, 11-12)

  2. Week 2 4 items
    Read §55 from Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, §125 and §343 from The Gay Science.
    1. Lev Shestov - In Job's Balances - ToC

      Webpage Essential Lev Shestov, 'The Conquest of the Self-Evident', In Job’s Balances, translated by Bernard Martin, Ohio University Press, 1975, pp. 3-85; 148-150.

    2. Léon Chestov 1866-1938: la pensée du dehors - Ramona Fotiade, Alexis Nahan, François Jonquière, Matthew Cowan 2016

      Audio-visual document Recommended Watch the film documentary paying attention to the context of Shestov's French reception and the manner in which he challenged the tradition of Greek philosophy with a different interpretation of death and temporal existence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMQHjayz4Ps

    3. Embodiment: phenomenological, religious, and deconstructive views on living and dying 2014

      Book Recommended Read the article on Shestov's critique of Husserl's phenomenology and his interpretation of the relationship between man and God, death and resurrection: ‘Cur Deus homo? The Irrational Residue of Being: Reflections on Shestov and Jean-Luc Marion’, in Ramona Fotiade, David Jasper, Olivier Salazar-Ferrer (eds.), Embodiment: Phenomenological, Religious and Deconstructive Views on Living and Dying, Routledge/Ashgate: 2014, pp. 117-130.

    4. Léon Chestov: 1866-1938 : la pensée du dehors : exposition, Paris, Mairie du 6e arrondissement, du 23 mars au 9 avril 2016 2016

      Book Further Browse through the catalogue of the retrospective exhibition on Shestov's life and work, which includes more than 200 previously unpublished manuscript facsimile, photographs, and a full chronology and bibliography together with a critical commentary; and a selection of articles in French.

  3. Week 3 7 items
    1. The myth of Sisyphus - Albert Camus 2005

      Book Essential Please read in preparation for class and come prepared to discuss Camus's account of the fundamental problem of philosophy ('suicide') and his critique of religious existentialism as 'philosophical suicide'.

    2. The rebel - Albert Camus, Anthony Bower c2000

      Book Further

    3. Camus: the challenge of Dostoevsky - Ray Davison 1997

      Book Essential Read chapter 2: 'Dostoevsky and the Absurd Novel', chapter 7: 'Ivan and Metaphysical Revolt', and chapter 8: 'Camus and Les Possedes - Nihilism and Historical Revolt'.

    4. A student's guide to Camus - Brian Masters 1974

      Book Recommended

    5. The Outsider - Albert Camus 1961

      Book Further

    6. Camus: the challenge of Dostoevsky - Ray Davison 1997

      Book Essential Read chapter 2: 'Dostoevsky and the Absurd Novel'

    7. Concluding unscientific postscript to Philosophical fragments: Volume 1 - Søren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong, Edna H. Hong, Dawson Books 1992

      Book Recommended S. Kierkegaard, trans. H. V. and E. H. Hong, Concluding Unscientific Postscript (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992), Chapter 3 §1, 'What it Means to Exist; Actuality' (pp. 301-18) and §4 'The Subjective Thinker; His task; His Form, That is, His Style' (pp. 349-60). (On-line version available through the library)

  4. Week 4 5 items
    1. Existential Monday: Philosophical essays - Benjamin Fondane, Benjamin Fondane 2016

      Book Essential Read Fondane's essay on history and existential thought in English translation, and compare it with Camus's interpretation of the myth of Sisyphus.

    2. Conceptions of the absurd: from surrealism to the existential thought of Chestov and Fondane - Ramona Fotiade, University of Oxford. European Humanities Research Centre 2001

      Book Essential Read the passage from chapter 3 on Fondane's conception of time and history (pp. 120-143).

    3. Subversions of history: 'The Writer Before the Revolution' and 'Man Before History' by Benjamin Fondane: a critical edition with translations, accompanying essay and notes on the translations 2012

      Thesis Recommended Read as much as you can of the introductory essay on Fondane for the context of his work and his critique of the Hegelian notion of history (pp. 1-27), as well as the conclusion (pp. 39-41) on Fondane's interaction with French intellectuals in the run-up to WWII and his arrest and deportation to Drancy and then to Auschwitz.

    4. The fall out of redemption: writing and thinking beyond salvation in Baudelaire, Cioran, Fondane, Agamben, and Nancy - Joseph Acquisto 2015

      Book Essential Read the chapter on Fondane and Baudelaire (pp. 67-98).

  5. Week 5 3 items
    1. Foucault/Blanchot: Maurice Blanchot : the thought from outside - Michel Foucault, Michel Foucault, Maurice Blanchot, Maurice Blanchot 1987

      Book Essential Read Michel Foucault's article on Blanchot and the Thought from Outside, paying special attention to the manner in which he defines the outside (as compared to Shestov's, Kierkegaard's and Camus's definitions of the absurd).

    2. The Foucault reader - Michel Foucault, Paul Rabinow 1991, c1984

      Book Essential Read the online version of the Foucault Reader. From 'What is Enlightenment' read pp. 45-46; from 'Truth and Method' read pp. 57-58 and 74-75; from 'Right of Death and Power over Life' read pp. 258-267.

    3. History of madness - Michel Foucault, Jonathan Murphy, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

      Book Essential Read the preface and the first chapter, 'Stultifera Navis', about the confinement and repression of madness from the vantage point of abstract, universal reason.

  6. Week 6 7 items
    1. Friendship - Maurice Blanchot 1997

      Book Essential Read the chapter on Camus 'The Detour Toward Simplicity' pp. 188-200. A pdf copy of this chapter is available on Moodle.

    2. The Instant of my Death

      Document Essential Read the first part of this volume which includes the English translation of Maurice Blanchot's essay, The Instant of my Death. We will study the second essay, by Derrida, later in the course, so keep this resource in mind for future reference.

    3. The space of literature - Maurice Blanchot, Ann Smock 1982

      Book Essential Read the articles: 'The Outside, the Night' and 'Orpheus's Gaze', pp. 163-176.

    4. The death and return of the author: criticism and subjectivity in Barthes, Foucault and Derrida - Seán Burke 2008

      Book Recommended Read the chapter 'What (and Who) is an Author' , pp. 86-111, and compare with Maurice Blanchot's contribution to the volume Who Comes After the Subject (edited by Edouardo Cadava, Peter Connor and Jean-Luc Nancy), available in pdf copy on Moodle.

    5. Who comes after the subject? 1991

      Book Essential Read Maurice Blanchot's contribution to this volume, titled 'Who'.

  7. Week 7 2 items
    1. A thousand plateaus: capitalism and schizophrenia - Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Brian Massumi, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2008 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential Read chapter 12: '1227: Treatise on Nomadology - The War Machine', pp. 310-350, paying particular attention to Deleuze's comments on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Shestov as 'private thinkers' and 'nomad thinkers'.

    2. The wanderer and his charts: exploring the fields of vagrant thought and vagabond beauty - Kenneth White 2004

      Book Essential Read ‘The Nomadic Intellect’ and ‘An Outline of Geopoetics’, pp. 3-16, pp. 229-247.

  8. Week 8 4 items
    1. Cinema 1: the movement-image - Gilles Deleuze 1986

      Book Essential Read pp. 116-117, 119-120, 135-137.

    2. Cinema II: the time-image - Gilles Deleuze, Hugh Tomlinson, Robert Galeta, ProQuest (Firm) 2013

      Book Essential Read pp. 166-167, 169-171.

    3. Deleuze: a critical reader - Paul Patton 1996

      Book Essential Read: chapter 2 Jean-Martin Clet, ‘The Eye of the Outside’ pp. 18-28, and chapters 5-6, pp. 81-113

    4. Afterimages of Gilles Deleuze's film philosophy - David Norman Rodowick c2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential Read Marie-Claire Ropars-Wuilleumier's chapter, 'The Thought of the Outside in the Time-Image' - pp. 15-30.

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