French Philosophy Since 1945

Problems, Concepts, Inventions, Postwar French Thought IV

The long-awaited final volume in The New Press Postwar French Thought Series, with excerpts from key works of the leading postwar French philosophers, from Sartre to Lacan

“Seminal writings since 1945 that reflect the theoretical innovations and richness of French thought . . . a new history of ideas proper to each discipline.” —from the series preface by Ramona Naddaff

Following World War II, French philosophy entered a particularly rich period whose influence is still strongly felt today. New styles were invented, new problems formulated, new critical functions engaged, transforming the very nature of the humanities and the social sciences throughout the world.

French Philosophy Since 1945, the final volume in the distinguished New Press Postwar French Thought series, provides a fresh map and analysis for understanding this singular period in the history of ideas. Organized around a series of interconnected questions, featuring many different and sometimes opposed voices, this volume brings together the writings of both celebrated and unknown French philosophers for the first time.

Including new translations by Arthur Goldhammer, the material is contextualized within a larger intellectual and political history and chronology. Indispensable for understanding the development of postwar French philosophy as a whole, French Philosophy Since 1945 also includes a comprehensive chronology.

With selections by:

  • Louis Althusser
  • Alain Badiou
  • Georges Bataille
  • Maurice Blanchot
  • Jacques Bouveresse
  • Georges Canguilhem
  • Jean Cavaillès and Albert Lautman
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari
  • Jacques Derrida
  • Michel Foucault
  • Marcel Gauchet
  • Claude Imbert
  • Luce Irigaray
  • Sarah Kofman
  • Julia Kristeva
  • Jacques Lacan
  • Claude Lefort
  • Emmanuel Levinas
  • Claude Lévi-Strauss
  • Jean-François Lyotard
  • Henri Maldiney
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty
  • Jean-Claude Milner
  • Pierre-François Moreau
  • Jean-Luc Nancy
  • Jacques Rancière
  • Paul Ricoeur
  • Jules Vuillemin

  • The editors and publisher wish to note the following errata, which are important for the proper understanding and use of this volume


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