Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
(Un)timely Meditations

John McKeane

Legenda (General Series)


10 December 2014  •  184pp

ISBN: 978-1-909662-42-1 (hardback)  •  RRP £80, $110, €95

ISBN: 978-1-351191-19-7 (Taylor & Francis ebook)


Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe (1940-2007) was a professor of philosophy, and also a poet, a translator and a playwright. His life and work were dedicated to the philosophical and political movements of the post-1968 era, from his communal life together with Jean-Luc Nancy to his collaborations with Jacques Derrida. These movements also carried him towards disparate modes of writing such as poetry and theatre. The tension between Lacoue-Labarthe's timely and untimely meditations governs the approach in this study, the first to attempt an accessible and comprehensive account of this forceful thinker.

John McKeane is Assistant Professor in French at the University of Warwick.


  • ‘This study is a comprehensive and clearly written introduction to Lacoue-Labarthe’s thought and writing.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 51.3, July 2015
  • ‘With an irresistible combination of patience, precision, lucidity, and forceful intellectual engagement, McKeane gives us Lacoue-Labarthe in all his compelling dispersion... This is an excellent and enlightening book, and highly recommended.’ — Martin Crowley, French Studies 70.1, January 2016, 130
  • ‘McKeane contests such an approach [regarding PL-L as purely a philosopher], insisting on the importance of keeping ‘art, literature and the stage’ in view in discussing Lacoue-Labarthe. One of the virtues of McKeane’s study is that, while it rejects the notion of any eclecticism on the part of Lacoue-Labarthe, it draws judiciously on a wide range of texts, yet manages to present a cohesive sense of this unique writer and thinker. It is fascinating as well to see McKeane refer to his own unpublished interviews and correspondance with Nancy.’ — Jeff Fort, Modern Language Review 111.2, April 2016, 555-57 (full text online)

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McKeane, John, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe: (Un)timely Meditations (Legenda, 2014)

First footnote reference: 35 John McKeane, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe: (Un)timely Meditations (Legenda, 2014), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 McKeane, p. 47.

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McKeane, John. 2014. Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe: (Un)timely Meditations (Legenda)

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