In Joyful Cruelty, Clement Rosset lays the foundation for a new philosophy that refuses to turn away from the world and thereby accepts a confrontation with reality in all of its immediacy. An almost spiritual practice, his theory is at once cruel because it destroys all illusion and joyful because it allows one to see the world in its simplest and purest terms. Perpetually at odds with contemporary Jacques Derrida, Rosset developed his anti-philosophical philosophy in response to what he felt was the post-modern misappropriation of Nietzschean thought. Out of print for nearly 20 years, it is the first and only work by Rosset to be translated into English.
Softcover, 5 x 8 in, 176 pages, English, January 2010.