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AtopiasManifesto for a Radical Existentialism$
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Frédéric Neyrat

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277551

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277551.001.0001

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Critique of Pure Madness

Critique of Pure Madness

(p.3) Critique of Pure Madness

Frédéric Neyrat

, Walt Hunter, Lindsay Turner
Fordham University Press

This chapter proposes the necessity of a radicalized existentialism for a world in which both philosophy and existence are denied the possibility of an outside. Outlining the situation of contemporary thought, in which both poststructuralism and Object-Oriented Ontology have tended to deny binary difference and hierarchy at the expense of reproducing those hierarchies or of flattening everything onto a single plane of existence, Neyrat defines a new version of transcendence, transcendence x, which does not delimit a transcendent entity so much as set up a motion toward the outside. In the face of this contemporary ontological regime of saturated immanence, which is both philosophical and practical, Neyrat argues that philosophy’s task is to re-think existence in all its eccentricity, starting from the category of the trans-ject, and to stake out an atopia, an inside-outside space for thought and being.

Keywords:   atopia, flux, saturated immanence, spacing, transcendence ≈ x, trans-ject

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