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Death's Following: Mediocrity, Dirtiness, Adulthood, Literature

John Limon


Almost all twentieth-century philosophy stresses the immanence of death-as drive, as the context of Being, as the essence of humanity's defining ethics or language. Limon makes use of literary analysis (Sebald, Bernhard, Stoppard), cultural analysis, and autobiography to argue that death is best conceived as always unfathomably beyond ourselves, neither immanent nor (in principle) imminent. Thus he rejects the courage of twentieth-century death philosophy-bravely facing death within life-as an evasion of the real inhuman facelessness of death. The two key concepts of the book are adulthood-the ... More

Keywords: Death, Dirtiness, Mediocrity, Adulthood, Sebald, Bernhard, Stoppard, Heidegger

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823242795
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823242795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Limon, author
Williams College

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