By Matthew Feldman
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"This selection of essays... represents the main entire research of Beckett's dating to philosophy in print, how philosophical concerns, conundrums, and issues play out amid narrative intricacies. the quantity is therefore either an astonishingly entire evaluate and a chain of certain readings of the intersection among philosophical texts and Samuel Beckett's oeuvre, provided by way of a plurality of voices and bookended through an old advent and a thematic conclusion."--S. E. Gontarski, Journal of Beckett Studies
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All the same, people have wondered if the existentialists’ problem of being may afford a key to your works. There’s no key or problem. 1 1 An earlier draft of this essay appeared in the Sofia Philosophical Review, IV/2 (2010), and is presented here with the kind permission of Prof. Alexander Gungov. 2 Some pages after name-checking the famous Presocratic thinker, Heraclitus the Obscure, and some pages before the same treatment is meted out to the obscure Malebranche (an Occasionalist follower of Cartesianism), the following passage occurs in the ensuing English translation, entitled How It Is: mad or worse transformed à la Haeckel born in Potsdam where Klopstock too among others lived a space and laboured though buried in Altona the shadow he casts3 Amongst the madness and mud and misery and tin-can openers, the phrase is but one of many betraying what must, surely, be considered “philosophic terms”; if not a suspiciously detailed philosophical knowledge.
What fine things, what momentous things, I am going to miss through fear, fear of falling back into the old error, fear of not finishing in time, fear of revelling, for the last time, in a last outpouring of misery, impotence and hate. The forms are many in which the unchanging seeks relief from its formlessness. Ah yes, I was always subject to the deep thought, especially in the spring of the year. That one had been nagging at me for the past five minutes. ” I am grateful to Prof. Knowlson for allowing me to consult this forthcoming, as yet unpublished, text.
23 Similarly, 20 21 22 23 Ibid. G. Collingwood’s translation of Benedetto Croce’s La Filosofia di Giambattista Vico (Rome: Bari, 1911) was published as The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico (London: H. Latimer, 1913); here cited 78, 118–119, and 62–64. , 64. Beckett, letter of 25 January 1931 to Thomas MacGreevy, in reference to the former’s reading of St. Augustine, cited in John Pilling, Beckett’s Dream Notebook (Reading: Beckett International Foundation, 1999), xiii. Along with details of many other Western philosophers consulted by Beckett, a similar passage on “phrase-hunting” in Augustine’s Confessions can be found in The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 1: 1929–1940 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 62.
Beckett/Philosophy by Matthew Feldman