Stefania Tarantino

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A Transformation of the Philosophical Scene and the Imagination of Art. The «Scratches» of Sarah Kofman

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Keywords: Sarah Kofman, Sigmund Freud, Deconstruction, Philosophical Scene, Aporia

This paper highlights some characteristics of Sarah Kofman’s thought. It focuses in particular on the method she applied for a real and adequate deconstruction of the metaphysical conception of the subject in order to proceed towards a modification of the philosophical scene. Using the analytical instruments of Freudian psychoanalysis, her theoretical works show the instinctual fundamentals of the major philosophical works and the disruptive abyssal depths that break through everywhere by questioning the supposed linearity of philosophical discourse. Her analysis intercepts not only the obvious intentions of the authors: it also reveals what is not explicitly said in their texts. Another important aspect of her work is the original way of thinking about the mechanisms of exclusion of women from the political and intellectual spheres. This is why Sarah Kofman’s analysis of the history of philosophy makes it possible to create a real epistemological break with the underlying theological and metaphysical construction

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