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Description - A Biography of Ordinary Man by Francois Laruelle

This book is a foundational text for our understanding of Francois Laruelle, one of France's leading thinkers, whose ideas have emerged as an important touchstone for contemporary theoretical discussions across multiple disciplines.

One of Laruelle's first systematic elaborations of his ethical and "non-philosophical" thought, this critical dialogue with some of the dominant voices of continental philosophy offers a rigorous science of individuals as minorities or as separated from the World, History, and Philosophy. Through novel theorizations of finitude and determination in the last instance, Laruelle develops a thought "of the One" as a "minoritarian" paradigm that resists those paradigms that foreground difference as the conceptual matrix for understanding the status of the minority. The critique of the "unitary illusion" of philosophy developed here stands at the foundation of Laruelle's approach to "uni-lateralizing" the power of philosophy and the universals with which it has always thought, and thereby acts as a basis for his subsequent investigations of victims, mysticism, and Gnosticism.

This book will appeal to students and scholars of continental philosophy, philosophy of religion, ethics, aesthetics, and cultural theory.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781509509966
ISBN-10: 1509509968
Format: Paperback / softback
(228mm x 160mm x 20mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Francois Laruelle

Francois Laruelle is Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris X (Nanterre).

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