christopher fynsk is dean of the Division of Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School. He is author of Heidegger: Thought and Historicity (1986), Language and Relation: . . . That There Is Language (1996), Infant Figures (2000), The Claim of Language: A Case for the Humanities (2004), Last Steps: Maurice Blanchot’s Exilic Writing (2013), and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe’s Phrase (2016).
This essay addresses Jacques Rancière’s attempt to critique notions of resistance invoked by Jean-François Lyotard and Gilles Deleuze. It focuses in particular on Rancière’s efforts to contain Deleuze within a shallow account of the aesthetic tradition of the past two centuries and to disqualify a post-Heideggerian thought of difference in philosophy of art. It ultimately takes issue with Rancière’s effort to police the function of modern art.