Filosofia, mimesis, arkkietiikka

An Interview with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe (b. 1940) is a professor of philosophy at the University of Strasbourg. In the interview, professor Lacoue-Labarthe reflects in a kind of "autobiographical fiction" his route to philosophy, and throws light on the genesis of his works. The basic problematics of professor Lacoue-Labarthe's philosophy concern what could be called "onto-typology" and the ancient problem of mimesis. The aim is to study, in the paths opened up by Heidegger, the problematics of the figure (Gestalt) and fiction in all its meanings. Professor Lacoue-Labarthe's notion of esth-ethics is also discussed. The theme originally rises from Heidegger's Brief über den Humanismus and Jacques Lacan's reading of Sophocles' Antigone. The idea is not an aestheticisation of politics (or ethics): rather, it is possible, through the concept of esth-ethics, to access the basic questions of identification and psychoanalysis and to look for ethos, the transcendental precedent of ethics, instead of constructing positive theories of the good. Professor Lacoue-Labarthe's future plans include a book on Heidegger's commentary on poetry, a philosophical detective story (or a "political-metaphysical thriller") around Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus, and a book on Marx, thought and protest.

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