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Poetics of History: Rousseau and the Theater of Originary Mimesis

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe


This book opens with a philosophical scene: in the context of a reading of Hölderlin, Heidegger dismisses Rousseau as irrelevant to the true concerns of philosophy, and thus shows his own blindness to Rousseau’s very evident influence. This dismissal is motivated in part by Heidegger’s pro-German posture, but also by a disregard of Rousseau’s thinking, particularly his thinking of mimêsis. In what follows, Lacoue-Labarthe’s task is, first, to show that Rousseau articulates a genuine transcendental thinking of origins, one that will be read and retained by the major philosophers who follow him ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, Poetics, Aufhebung, catharsis, Greeks, Heidegger, mimesis, Rousseau, techne, theater, tragedy

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823282340
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282340.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, author
Universite Marc Bloch

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Part One The Scene of Origin




Part Two Anterior Theater




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