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Irony on OccasionFrom Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man$
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Kevin Newmark

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240128

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240128.001.0001

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Introduction: Irony on Occasion

Introduction: Irony on Occasion

(p.1) Introduction: Irony on Occasion
Irony on Occasion

Kevin Newmark

Fordham University Press

What is the relation between a given book and the occasion back to which it can presumably be traced? Responding to this question entails an examination of the relation between the “occasion” and the philosophical concept of causality. The accidental nature of the occasion and its relation to the concept of irony is disclosed by considering the status of causality in the writings of Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, among others. A book on irony ought therefore to confront the accidental and occasional nature of its own composition, though not without also noting effects of causal coherence that inevitably ensue from such a confrontation. The history of irony as it unfolds from German romanticism to certain writers in the 20th century and beyond can be treated as the site of interference between temporal patterns of coherence and ironic forces of interruption that would become historical in an altogether different sense.

Keywords:   Occasion, Causality, Accident, Historical occurrence, Irony, Interruption, Thought, Writing

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