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Heidegger, Duchamp, Derrida

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Tilman Küchler

This is a substantial contribution to the contemporary theoretical discourse. It draws on the works of Heidegger, Gadamer, Lyotard, Derrida and others to show the centrality of play for an effective critique of structures of metaphysical thinking. The author argues that it is the notion of play that allows us to understand postmodernity as a project that asserts the need to continue the modern tradition with a truly critical agenda.

«This book represents a major accomplishment in postmodern critical theory in that it investigates the notion of play in prominent authors of our time (Heidegger, Gadamer, Duchamp, Derrida) in a comparative and interdisciplinary manner and shows the importance of this phenomenon for contemporary thought and artistic creation.» (Ernst Behler, University of Washington)
«... In my opinion, it is, in this rather difficult field, one of the most rigorous and enlightening texts I have ever read. It opens ways of meditation - I should say, 'a method', as Bataille wrote - that are at the same time new and very old, and I would say that it is more than promising.» (Marc Froment-Meurice, Collège International de Philosophie, Paris)
«Küchler's singling out of the general economy of play as the decisive feature of post-metaphysical thought deserves high praise.» (Andreas Michel, The German Quarterly)