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Art and Technology in Maurice Blanchot

Holly Langstaff

Holly Langstaff reappraises the influential French thinker Maurice Blanchot's writing from the 1940s to his late work in the 1980s, demonstrating how Blanchot's exploration of the question of technology remains decisive throughout his career.

She situates Blanchot's fictional and critical work in the context of his thinking of art as techne - as it develops out of Martin Heidegger's philosophy. While Blanchot follows Heidegger in the view that writing is a form of techne, he never appeals for salvation from the menace of technology in the modern era. Rather, he sees in all forms of technology the opportunity for a new way of thinking beyond value. This, Blanchot calls an entirely different sort of affirmation.

Langstaff demonstrates Blanchot's ongoing importance for contemporary philosophical debate about technology, the post-human, and ecological thinking.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publish Date: Oct 31st, 2023
  • Pages: 200
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.50in - 1.01lb
  • EAN: 9781399515474
  • Categories: Individual PhilosophersEuropean - FrenchHistory & Surveys - Modern

About the Author

Langstaff, Holly: - Holly Langstaff is a Lecturer in French at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. She researches and teaches modern and contemporary French literature and thought. She runs the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation.