Title In Praise of Risk
Author Anne Dufourmantelle
ISBN 9780823285440
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 240
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Fordham University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“To live is to accept a certain degree of risk—the risk of hairline disappointments, of a too forceful will to believe, of brusque rejections that fatigue the soul, of being misunderstood yet again, of being undone without ever being saved. We could venture the idiom ‘life goes on’ with cynicism or despair, but we could also do so with the measure of desire. Anne Dufourmantelle’s beautiful book places us on the side of life and love, showing us the power of psychoanalytic reflection on those moments when we are asked to find the courage to risk ourselves on behalf of the other.”

Jamieson Webster, author of Conversion Disorder


“Magisterial. Dufourmantelle shows how life is universalized in risk and how recognizing this fact means enlisting in a fraternity among humans.”

Antonio Negri


When Anne Dufourmantelle drowned in a heroic attempt to save two children caught in rough seas, obituaries around the world rarely failed to recall that she was the author of a book entitled In Praise of Risk, implying that her death confirmed the ancient adage that to philosophize is to learn how to die. Now available in English, this magnificent and already much-discussed book indeed offers a trenchant critique of the psychic work the modern world devotes to avoiding risk.

Yet this is not a book on how to die but on how to live. For Dufourmantelle, risk entails an encounter not with an external threat to life but with something hidden in life that conditions our approach to such ordinary risks as disobedience, passion, addiction, leaving family, and solitude.Keeping jargon to a minimum, Dufourmantelle weaves philosophical reflections together with clinical case histories. The everyday fears, traumas, and resistances that therapy addresses brush up against such broader concerns as terrorism, insurance, addiction, artistic creation, and political revolution. Taking up a project than joins the work of many French thinkers, such as Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Hélène Cixous, Giorgio Agamben, and Catherine Malabou, Dufourmantelle works to dislodge Western philosophy, psychoanalysis, ethics, and politics from the redemptive logic of sacrifice. She discovers the kernel of a future beyond annihilation where one might least expect to find it, hidden in the unconscious.

In an era defined by enhanced security measures, border walls, trigger warnings, and endless litigation, Dufourmantelle’s masterwork provides a much-needed celebration of the risks that define what it means to live.


Translator’s Introduction: The Risk of Reading


Chapter 1. To Risk One’s Life

Chapter 2. Eurydice Saved

Chapter 3. Minuscule Magical Dependencies

Chapter 4. Voluntary Servitude and Disobedience

Chapter 5. In Suspense

Chapter 6. At the Risk of Passion

Chapter 7. Leaving the Family

Chapter 8. Forgetting, Anamnesis, Deliverance

Chapter 9. Incurable (In)fidelities

Chapter 10. Zero Risk?

Chapter 11. How (Not) to Become Oneself . . .

Chapter 12. Being in Secret

Chapter 13. Befriending Our Fears

Chapter 14. At the Risk of Being Sad

Chapter 15. At the Risk of Being Free

Chapter 16. The Time They Call Lost

Chapter 17. Dead Alive

Chapter 18. Of a Perception Infinitely Vaster . . .

Chapter 19. Anxiety, Lack—Spiritual Hunger?

Chapter 20. Farewell Magic World: Beyond Disappointment

Chapter 21. Life—Mine, Yours

Chapter 22. At the Risk of the Unknown

Chapter 23. At the Risk of Being Carnal

Chapter 24. May There Be an End to Our Torment . . .

Chapter 25. Breaking Up

Chapter 26. At the Risk of Speech

Chapter 27. Solitudes

Chapter 28. Laughter, Dreaming—Beyond the Impasse

Chapter 29. Hope No More

Chapter 30. Once Upon a Time, the “Athenaeum” . . . or, Why Risk Romanticism?

Chapter 31. Risking Belief

Chapter 32. Risking Variation

Chapter 33.The Event: Hyperpresence

Chapter 34. Intimate Prophecy

Chapter 35. At the Risk of Bedazzlement

Chapter 36. Desire, Body, Writing

Chapter 37. Healing?

Chapter 38. An Other Language

Chapter 39. Risking Scandal

Chapter 40. Taking the Risk of Childhood

Chapter 41. Assiduity

Chapter 42. Risking the Future

Chapter 43. At the Risk of Beauty

Chapter 44. At the Risk of Spirit

Chapter 45. Risking the Universal?

Chapter 46. Hauntings

Chapter 47. Spirals, Ellipses, Metaphors, Anamorphoses

Chapter 48. Envisaging Night

Chapter 49. Revolutions

Chapter 50. At the Risk of Going Through Hell (Eurydice)



About the Author:

Anne Dufourmantelle, philosopher and psychoanalyst, taught at the European Graduate School and wrote monthly columns for the Paris newspaper Libération. Her books in English include Power of Gentleness: Meditations on the Risk of Being; Blind Date: Sex and Philosophy; and, with Jacques Derrida, Of Hospitality.

Target Audience:

People interested in philosophy, psychoanalysis, ethics, and politics.


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