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The Philosophy of Julia Kristeva

The Philosophy of Julia Kristeva
Library of Living Philosophers Volume XXXVI
Edited by Sara G. Beardsworth

Supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

This monumental volume includes Kristeva’s autobiographical reflections, in interviews with Samuel Dock, published here in English for the first time, plus thirty-six critical essays by leading thinkers of today and experts on Kristeva’s work, along with Kristeva’s replies to each essay, and a complete Kristeva bibliography.

Julia Kristeva’s work has extraordinary breadth, from linguistics and literature to psychoanalysis, religion, public health, maternity, ethics, and politics, as well as her original and penetrating works of fiction. Kristeva has extended semiotics through the notions of intertextuality, dialogism, and semanalysis. Her readings of Plato, Hegel, Heidegger, Sartre, and Arendt enrich the encounters in psychoanalysis and literature across a broad front. Her search for a new humanist vision both keeps a stake in Enlightenment thinking and redraws the philosophical and psychoanalytic paths of what has come to be known as “negativity,” opening up investigations that resonate with the crises humanity is facing in our times.