This book frames the mission of the Continental Philosophy and History of Thought series at Lexington Books. International leading scholars contribute essays that explore and redefine the relationship between received arguments in contemporary Continental philosophy and various influential figures and arguments in the history of thought. By bringing Continental philosophy and the histories of thought into dialogue, editors Christian Lotz and Antonio Calcagno broaden the standard canon of what is considered Continental philosophy by including important yet understudied figures and arguments in the tradition; the chapters also deepen and contextualize significant movements and debate in the field by showing their rich historical underpinnings, thereby establishing new viewpoints in specific constituent subfields of philosophy. Reading Continental Philosophy and the History of Thought shows the growing richness of Continental philosophy via unexplored rethinking of the history of thought. The contributors expand Continental philosophy with and through the recovery of important historical developments, figures, and lines of thought.
Christian Lotz is professor of philosophy at Michigan State University.
Antonio Calcagno is professor of philosophy at King's University College at Western University Canada.
Introduction by Christian Lotz and Antonio Calcagno
Part One: Rethinking the Constitutive Layers of the Histories of Philosophy
Chapter One: The Drift into Metaphysics: Jean-Luc Marion’s Reading of the Relation between Francisco Suárez and René Descartes by Christina M. Gschwandtner
Chapter Two: Marjorie Glicksman Grene and Existentialism’s Important Truths by Marguerite La Caze
Chapter Three: On Arendt and Luxemburg by Christian Lotz
Part Two: Imagining a New Social World
Chapter Four: The Ecological Challenge and the Metamorphosis of the World by Elena Pulcini
Chapter Five: Michel Serres and Ecological Crisis: Listening to the World’s Expressions by Marjolein Oele and Brian Treanor
Chapter Six: Hegel, Antigone, and the Lynching of Emmett Till by Ryan Johnson
Chapter Seven: On the Lived Experience of Inauthentic Community: Gerda Walther and the Possibilities of Personal Freedom by Antonio Calcagno
Part Three: Politics and the History of Thought
Chapter Eight: María Zambrano and Hannah Arendt: Thinking in Exile by Elvira Roncalli
Chapter Nine: One Good Turn…: Aristotle, Derrida, and the “Peaceful Transfer of Power” in Democracy by Michael Naas
Chapter Ten: The Four Threads Composing Levinas’s Thought by Bettina Bergo