Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Part 1. Proving Grounds

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pp. 3-60

Whether you mean to prove that you can do it, or we are driven by what Maurice Blanchot calls “the trial of experience,” and he submits himself endlessly to Nietzsche’s loyalty tests, or she is a runaway replicant whose human factor is being scrutinized, or the sadistic coach has us revving up for an athletic contest; ...

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Part 2. Trial Runs

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pp. 61-130

In the interview accorded to Salomon Malka, Levinas announces, “I prefer the word épreuve to expérience because in the word expérience a knowing of which the self is master is always said. In the word épreuve there is at once the idea of life and of a critical ‘verification’ which overflows the self of which it is only the ‘scene.’”1 ...

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Part 3. On Passing the Test

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pp. 131-150

In a book that was supposed to wrap it all up for him following the extravagance he had permitted himself with Zarathustra, Nietzsche speaks of physics as just another interpretation of the world: “It is perhaps just dawning on five or six minds,” he calculates, “that physics, too, is only an interpretation and exegesis of the world ...

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Part 4. The Test Drive: On Nietzsche’s Gay Science

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pp. 151-246

We do not always know how to calculate the importance of a work. In some cases, there is nothing even to guarantee that the work will arrive. Some works seem to set an ETA – there is a sense that it will take them years to make their arrangements, overcome the obstacles of an unprotected journey, get past the false reception desks blocking their paths. ...

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Part 5. Trial Balloon: Husserl to Front Weatherman #414

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pp. 247-276

Philosophy as a rigorous science – they’re all saying that the dream is over, “der Traum ist ausgeträumt.” I’m not ready to give it up, no matter what Merleau-Ponty thinks. He says that in my Crisis book I have thrown in the towel. And then when my friends created a fuss, he said that it was unconscious. Ahem. ...

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Part 6. Testing Your Love, or: Breaking Up

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pp. 277-326

Supposing I were in love, or, let us say, I am deeply transferentially engaged. Supposing the transference went sour. Well, not sour; I am still transferred onto this other, unavoidably. But I feel betrayed. At some level I don’t care about the schoolboyish ideologies of betrayal: my middle name is betrayal. ...

Notes

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pp. 327-360

Index

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pp. 361-372