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Flowers of TimeOn Postapocalyptic Fiction$
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Mark Payne

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691205946

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691205946.001.0001

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Landscape with Figures

(p.163) Conclusion
Flowers of Time

Mark Payne

Princeton University Press

This chapter investigates the ontology of what is being poised between fiction, theory, and historical existence, and what affordances for thinking it offers. It explores the meaning of thinking with a figure in the landscapes of postapocalyptic fiction through Ernst Jünger's forest fleer and Carl Schmitt's cosmopartisan, which are the two figures of freedom from mid-twentieth-century political theory. It also discusses the reflections on catastrophe that are convergent with Claude Lévi-Strauss's contemporary admonition in Tristes tropiques. The chapter analyses the disappearance of the anthropological horizon of the New World that has forever removed the possibility of rethinking the idea of freedom in the West. It talks about the figure as a way of imagining the demolition and as a foretaste of the freedoms it imagines.

Keywords:   thinking, theory, historical existence, postapocalyptic fiction, Ernst Jünger, Carl Schmitt, Claude Lévi-Strauss

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