An Utterly Dark Spot: Gaze and Body in Early Modern Philosophy (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)

An Utterly Dark Spot: Gaze and Body in Early Modern Philosophy (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)


Slovenian thinker Miran Bozovic's An completely darkish Spot examines the elusive prestige of the physique in early glossy ecu philosophy by way of interpreting its a number of encounters with the gaze. Its diversity is remarkable, relocating from the Greek philosophers and theorists of the physique (Aristotle, Plato, Hippocratic scientific writers) to early smooth thinkers (Spinoza, Leibniz, Malebranche, Descartes, Bentham) to trendy figures together with Jon Elster, Lacan, Althusser, Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen J. Gould, and others. Bozovic presents startling glimpses into quite a few overseas mentalities haunted via difficulties of divinity, immortality, construction, nature, and wish, scary insights that invert well-known assumptions concerning the courting among brain and body.
The standpoint is Lacanian, yet Bozovic explores the idiosyncrasies of his fabric (e.g., the our bodies of the Scythians, the transvestites remodeled and disguised for the gaze of God; or Adam's physique, which remained unseen so long as it was once the single one in lifestyles) with an awareness to aspect that's unprecedented between Lacanian theorists. The process makes for enticing studying, as Bozovic phases imagined encounters among top thinkers, letting them communicate approximately topics that every explored, yet in a unique time and position. whereas its concentration is on a specific challenge within the heritage of philosophy, An totally darkish Spot will entice these attracted to cultural reviews, semiotics, theology, the background of faith, and political philosophy as well.
Miran Bozovic is affiliate Professor of Philosophy on the college of Ljubljana, Slovenia. he's the writer of Der grosse Andere: Gotteskonzepte in der Philosophie der Neuzeit (Vienna: Verlag Turia & Kant, 1993) and editor of The Panopticon Writings through Jeremy Bentham (London: Verso, 1995).

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