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By Richard Eldridge

The essays during this quantity discover the ways that conventional philosophical difficulties approximately self-knowledge, self-identity, and price have migrated into literature because the Romantic and Idealist classes. In a wide-ranging severe and philosophical dialogue, the individuals provide a philosophical knowing of the roots and nature of latest literary and philosophical perform, and complicated strong and influential, yet not often decisively articulated, conceptions of the human topic and of worth.

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Thus, etched into the project of the ironist is that form of sceptical self-consciousness which attempts to secure itself as free and self-determining by disavowing its dependence on the deliverances of its senses which afford it the opportunity of exercising its capacity for negation. In both forms of consciousness all contents are conceived of as being logically incommensurable with the essential autonomy of the self: to be selfdetermining is to be in perpetual and necessary excess to any content.

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31 Richard Eldridge 9 Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction, trans. Robert Hurley (New York: Random House, 1978), p. 93. 10 Jean-Frangois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, trans. Geoff Bennington and Brian Massumi (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984), p. 81. 11 There is controversy about how this word ought to be spelled. The Greek word is 7toiT|aei, later transliterated into Latin as poesis, as in Horace's Ars poetica, and it is this latter, Latin spelling that has been familiar from schoolboy classical educations for several hundred years.

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