Integration and Difference: Constructing a Mythical Dialectic

Author(s) : Grant Maxwell

Integration and Difference: Constructing a Mythical Dialectic

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : June 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 360
  • Category :
    Culture and Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 96583
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032049854
  • ISBN 10 : 9781032049
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This groundbreaking work synthesizes concepts from thirteen crucial philosophers and psychologists, relating how the ancient problem of opposites has been opening to an integration which not only conserves differentiation but enacts it, especially through the integration of myth into the dialectic.

Weaving a fascinating narrative that ‘thinks with’ the complex encounters of theorists from Baruch Spinoza, G. W. F. Hegel, Friedrich Nietzsche, and William James to Alfred North Whitehead, C. G. Jung, Gilles Deleuze, and Isabelle Stengers, this book uniquely performs the convergence of continental philosophy, pragmatism, depth psychology, and constructivist ‘postmodern’ theory as a complement to the trajectory culminating in Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction.

This is an important book for professionals and academics working across the humanities and social sciences, particularly for continental theorists and depth psychologists interested in the construction of a novel epoch after the modern.

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'Integration and Difference strikes me as an important book for continental philosophy especially because it emphasizes the positive, constructive, and indeed integrative potentials within this tradition while nevertheless attempting to do justice to the negative contributions of deconstruction and postmodernism more broadly. It is a wonderful book, patient and generous in its approach to the thinkers it treats and fundamentally hopeful about the power of their ideas to create new, non-totalizing syntheses, or in Maxwell’s terms, differentiating integrations. I fully expect it will become a valuable resource for many who are trying to create a new philosophical dispensation from the materials of the continental, pragmatic, and psychoanalytic traditions.' - David F. Hoinski, Professor of Philosophy, West Virginia University.

'This is a tremendously exciting and generative book. Through an exploration of thirteen of Western culture’s most original thinkers from Spinoza to Stengers, Maxwell brilliantly explicates various powerful forms of integrative thought that yet preserve and enact differentiation as their necessary and perpetual concomitant. Written in a supple, spirited, and engaging style, the book also performs its own impressive feat of differentiating integration in creating such a rich and cogent narrative among these so distinctive thinkers.' - Roderick Main, Professor of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex; coeditor of Jung, Deleuze, and the Problematic Whole

'In an era of division, intellectual and cultural, Maxwell presents a thrilling journey through the work of some of the greatest thinkers, seeking a way forward which is embedded in theories often deemed to be in opposition. Where Derrida pauses in the still moment before integration and holds you there, this book explores how philosophy’s crises are part of its being, and their attempted resolution the very task that drives knowledge forward. Brilliant.' - Peter Salmon, author of An Event, Perhaps: A Biography of Jacques Derrida

About the Author(s)

Grant Maxwell is an editor of the Archai journal and he holds a PhD from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He is the author of multiple books including The Dynamics of Transformation: Tracing an Emerging World View, and he has written for Deleuze and Guattari Studies, the American Philosophical Association blog, American Songwriter magazine, and the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.

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