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Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: The Wounded Subject,Anagram: On the Philosophy of "Subjectivity After Auschwitz" in Amery's Work Chapter 2: Contemplating Jean Amery's Loss of Transcendence Chapter 3: Amery's Body: "My Calamity . . . My Physical and Metaphysical Dignity" Chapter 4: Politics and Personal Responsibility: Reflections on Jean Amery and Hannah Arendt Chapter 5: Resentment and Recognition: Toward a New Conception of Humanity in Amery's At the Mind's Limits Chapter 6: Imposition, or Writing from the Void: Pathos and Pathology in Amery Chapter 7: Ver-rucktes Universe of Torture: Amery and Bataille Chapter 8: Aufbrechen / Abbrechen: Autobiography, History, and Self-destruction in Jean Amery's Novel-Essay Lefeu oder der Abbruch Chapter 9: "Nachdenken" Chapter 10: The Singular Case of Jean Amery Chapter 11:Sympathy for the Devil Chapter 12: Saying No and Feeling Nowhere. Jean Amery's Introspection of Voluntary Death Chapter 13: Suffering and Responsibility: Between Amery and Levinas About the Contributors

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Magdalena Zolkos is research fellow in political theory for the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at the University of Western Sydney.


This volume, a welcome addition to scholarship on Jean Amery, examines his work from various perspectives. The collection consists of essays analyzing Amery's oeuvre from a philosophical, linguistic, and literary point of view. Scholars from Australia, the United States, Canada, Poland, Denmark, and Austria draw on a wide variety of theoretical frameworks, entering into a cross-disciplinary dialogue with each other, while employing the latest research findings to bring Amery's often forceful, provocative argumentation into focus. Whereas his essays have hitherto received attention in the German-speaking world, Zolkos' merit has been to assemble contributions in English about the oeuvre of this survivor of Auschwitz. It is rewarding to see Amery's essayistic, journalistic and literary work, which continues to be relevant in today's world, finally granted the global attention it merits. -- Petra Fiero, Western Washington University, Bellingham
Jean Amery, Austrian Jew, resistance fighter and Auschwitz survivor was one of the most perceptive and provocative commentators on resentment, human dignity, the loss of trust in the world, guilt, and the bodily moral significance of living through brutal torture. Until recently he has been barely known in the Anglo-American world. But it is becoming increasingly evident how relevant his exquisite thinking is to the tangled issues that continue to trouble and haunt us. This splendid collection of essays-the first of its kind in English-explores the depths and significance of his thinking for our own time. Anyone concerned with the intractable moral and political problems that still confront us will be stimulated by these thoughtful essays. -- Richard J. Bernstein, Professor of Philosophy, New School for Social Research
This noteworthy interdisciplinary and international anthology of essays addressing the works of Jean Amery bears eloquent witness to the continuing impact of Amery's own impassioned, importunate voice. Not even Auschwitz could silence Amery, and this fine collection helps assure that the call to continuing resistance, and to the genuine liberation only such resistance can offer-the call that his works and his life, up to and including his own voluntary death, so consistently and insistently sounded-will continue to sound and resound today, and beyond, for all of our sakes. -- Frank Seeburger, University of Denver

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