Phenomenology Online

A Resource for Phenomenological Inquiry

Maurice Blanchot was born in France in 1907. He is considered one of the key figures of postwar European thought; he has radically transformed the understanding of the relations between philosophy and literature. His strikingly original fiction and his penetrating critical studies of other writers, such as Kafka, Beckett and Mallarme, have long been recongized as influential. His oeuvre as a whole, with its connections to the thought of Hegel and Heidegger, Derrida, Levinas, Bataille and Foucult, places him at the forefront of contemporary debates on philosophical and literary culture.