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The Technique of Thought: Nancy, Laruelle, Malabou, and Stiegler after Naturalism

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2019.10.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ian James, The Technique of Thought: Nancy, Laruelle, Malabou, and Stiegler after Naturalism, University of Minnesota Press, 2019, 247pp., $28.00 (pbk), ISBN 9781517904302. Reviewed by Samuel Talcott, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia This book tentatively envisions philosophy as a technique of thought in order to "imagine a future" when there is no longer a fracture between analytic and Continental traditions in philosophy. If particular philosophies differ in their methods of thinking, then these might be considered, compared, and debated, no matter how incompatible the philosophical traditions appear. The focus on technique requires for Ian James, moreover, the recognition that all thought be understood in relation to the reality to which it responds. And this means that philosophy must be a naturalism pursued in relation to scientific work. James borrows the image of thought as technique from Bernard Stiegler, a contemporary French philosopher, and the hopeful vision of communication restored from Richard Rorty. The book proceeds... Read More

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