Reading Descartes Otherwise: Blind, Mad, Dreamy, and Bad

Reading Descartes Otherwise: Blind, Mad, Dreamy, and Bad

Kyoo Lee

targeting the 1st 4 photos of the opposite mobilized in Descartes' Meditations--namely, the blind, the mad, the dreamy, and the bad--Reading Descartes Otherwise casts mild on what have heretofore been the phenomenological shadows of "Cartesian rationality." In doing so, it discovers dynamic symptoms of spectral alterity lodged either on the middle and at the edges of contemporary Cartesian subjectivity.

Calling for a Copernican reorientation of the very idea "Cartesianism," the book's sequence of shut, creatively severe readings of Descartes' signature pictures brings the dramatic forces, moments, and scenes of the cogito into our personal modern second. the writer patiently unravels the knotted skeins of ambiguity which have been spun inside of philosophical modernity out of such cliches as "Descartes, the summary sleek topic" and "Descartes, the daddy of recent philosophy"--a determine who's right now all over and nowhere. within the procedure, she revitalizes and reframes the legacy of Cartesian modernity, in a much more aware of its proto-phenomenological traces.

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