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How does one write an experimental ABC, an impossible theory that would deal with a series of phenomena, concepts, places, sensations, persons, and moods? A para-philosophy? Returning to a once-abandoned project of fragmented thoughts where the author’s voice moves from the serious to the pathetic, to the absurd, to the cynical, Simon Critchley’s ABC of Impossibility finds new life in the form of this small encyclopedic and aphoristic text where the reader bears witness to the slow emergence of an attempt at a poetic ontology. ABC of Impossibility is a unique undertaking that reexamines the poetic site of the fragment as thought. Following a heritage of fragmented, aphoristic thinkers including Pascal, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Pessoa, Critchley revitalizes a para-philosophical thinking that can only be uttered by way of another. As he declares in the opening pages, “In writing this, I promise to tell the truth, but not to be myself.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Fragments
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. World
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. Happiness
  2. pp. 15-20
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  1. Life
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Hegel
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Tourism
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Surfaciality
  2. pp. 27-32
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  1. Indirection
  2. pp. 33-36
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  1. Suicide
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. New York City
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Death
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Critchley
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Augustine
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Poetry
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Emptiness
  2. pp. 49-52
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  1. Patti Smith
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. Relationships
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. Money I
  2. pp. 57-62
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  1. America
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. Languor
  2. pp. 65-70
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  1. Marx
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Impossibility
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. Eccentricity
  2. pp. 75-78
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  1. Being
  2. pp. 79-82
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  1. Possibly dolorous tropical lyrical coda
  2. p. 83
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781937561840
Related ISBN
9781937561499
MARC Record
OCLC
966762314
Pages
100
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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