Read through the lens of a single key concept in twentieth-century French philosophy, that of the "problem", this book relates the concept to specific thinkers and situates it in relation both to the wider history of philosophy and contemporary concerns.

How exactly should the notion of problems be understood? What must a problem be in order to play an inaugurating role in thought? Does the word "problem" have a univocal sense? What is at stake – theoretically, ethically, politically, and institutionally – when philosophers use the word? This book addresses these and other questions, and is devoted to making historical and philosophical sense of the various uses and conceptualisations of notions of problems, problematics, and problematisations in twentieth-century French thought. In the process, it augments our understanding of the philosophical programs of a number of recent French thinkers, reconfigures our perception of the history and wider stakes of twentieth-century French philosophy, and reveals the ongoing theoretical richness and critical potential of the notion of the problem and its cognates.

Working through the twentieth-century, and focussing on specific thinkers including Foucault and Deleuze, this book will be of interest to all scholars of French philosophy.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Angelaki.

chapter |6 pages


Problematizing Problems
BySean Bowden, Mark G.E. Kelly

chapter |23 pages

The Misadventures of the “Problem” in “Philosophy”

From kant to deleuze
ByGiuseppe Bianco

chapter |19 pages

An Anti-Positivist Conception of Problems

Deleuze, bergson and the french epistemological tradition
BySean Bowden

chapter |15 pages

Cavaillès, Mathematical Problems and Questions

ByPierre Cassou-Noguès

chapter |15 pages

Lautman on Problems as the Conditions of Existence of Solutions

BySimon B. Duffy

chapter |19 pages

Simondon on the Notion of the Problem

A genetic schema of individuation
ByDaniela Voss

chapter |12 pages

On the Problem and Mystery of Evil

Marcel’s existential dissolution of an antinomy
ByJill Hernandez

chapter |14 pages

Towards a Phenomenology of Sagesse

Uncovering the unique philosophical problematic of pierre hadot
ByMatthew Sharpe

chapter |16 pages

The Errors of History

Knowledge and epistemology in bachelard, canguilhem and foucault
ByAlison Ross

chapter |15 pages

Problematizing the Problematic

Foucault and althusser
ByMark G.E. Kelly

chapter |17 pages

Foucault, Psychoanalysis, and Critique

Two aspects of problematization
ByAmy Allen

chapter |18 pages

Problematization in Foucault’s Genealogy and Deleuze’s Symptomatology

Or, how to study sexuality without invoking oppositions
ByColin Koopman