The Broken Middle: Out of Our Ancient Society
April 1992, Wiley-Blackwell
The Broken Middle expounds the phenomenology of the diremption of law and ethics. By reconstructing the suppressed political history of modernity, it shows that contemporary thought belongs to a tradition which has become ancient. Following this drama in the configuration of anxiety of beginning, equivocation of the ethical, and agon of authorship, the logos opens out of the pathos of the concept.
Introduction: Diremption of Spirit.
Part One From the Middle in the Beginning.
1. Personae of the System: Kierkegaard, Hegel and Blanchot.
2. Regina and Felice - In Repetition of Her: Kierkegaard and Kafka.
3. Anxiety of Beginning: Kierkegaard, Freud and Lacan.
Part Two From the Beginning in the Middle.
4. Repetition in the Feast: Mann and Girard.
5. Love and the State: Varnhagen, Luxemburg and Arendt.
6. New Political Theology - Out of Holocaust and Liberation: Levinas, Rosenzweig and Fackenheim.
Preface: Pathos of the Concept.
* An original, controversial and complex book.