Crossover Queries: Dwelling with Negatives, Embodying Philosophy's Others / Edition 3

Crossover Queries: Dwelling with Negatives, Embodying Philosophy's Others / Edition 3

by Edith Wyschogrod
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823226069

ISBN-13: 9780823226061

Pub. Date: 06/15/2006

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Exploring the risks, ambiguities, and unstable conceptual worlds of contemporary thought, Crossover Queries brings together the wide-ranging writings, across twenty years, of one of our most important philosophers.Ranging from twentieth-century European philosophy-the thought of Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, Levinas, Janicaud, and others-to novels and artworks,

…  See more details below

Overview

Exploring the risks, ambiguities, and unstable conceptual worlds of contemporary thought, Crossover Queries brings together the wide-ranging writings, across twenty years, of one of our most important philosophers.Ranging from twentieth-century European philosophy-the thought of Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, Levinas, Janicaud, and others-to novels and artworks, music and dance, from traditional Jewish thought to Jain andBuddhist metaphysics, Wyschogrod's work opens radically new vistas while remaining mindful that the philosopher stands within and is responsible to a philosophical legacy conditioned by the negative.Rather than point to a Hegelian dialectic of overcoming negation or to a postmetaphysical exhaustion, Wyschogrod treats negative moments as opening novel spaces for thought. She probes both the desire for God and an ethics grounded in the interests of the other person, seeing these as moments both of crossing over and of negation. Alert to the catastrophes that have marked our times, she exposes the underlying logical structures of nihilatory forces that have been exerted to exterminate whole peoples. Analyzing the negationsof biological research and cultural images of mechanized and robotic bodies, she shows how they contest the body as lived in ordinary experience.Crossover Queries brings together important essays on a remarkable range of topics by one of our most insightful cultural critics. Commenting on philosophical and theological issues that have shaped the recent past as well as scientific and technological questions that will preoccupy us in the near future, Wyschogrod consistently alerts us to the urgency of problems whose importance few recognize. To avoid the challenge these essays pose is to avoid responsibility for a future that appears to be increasingly fragile.-Mark C. Taylor, Columbia University

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823226061
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
06/15/2006
Series:
Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series, #52
Edition description:
3
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction1
Part IGod: Desiring the Infinite
1Intending Transcendence: Desiring God13
2Corporeality and the Glory of the Infinite in the Philosophy of Levinas29
3Postmodern Saintliness: Ecstasy and Altruism45
4Levinas and Hillel's Questions61
5Recontextualizing the Ontological Argument: A Lacanian Analysis76
Part IITraining Bodies: Pedagogies of Pain
6Asceticism as Willed Corporeality: Body in Foucault and Heidegger95
7Blind Man Seeing: From Chiasm to Hyperreality112
8The Howl of Oedipus, the Cry of Heloise: From Asceticism to Postmodern Ethics125
9From the Death of the Word to the Rise of the Image in the Choreography of Merce Cunningham141
Part IIIBodies: Subject or Code?
10Empathy and Sympathy as Tactile Encounter157
11Levinas's Other and the Culture of the Copy173
12From Neo-Platonism to Souls in Silico: Quests for Immortality189
Part IVNihilation and the Ethics of Alterity
13The Semantic Spaces of Terror: A Theological Response207
14The Warring Logics of Genocide222
15Incursions of Alterity: The Double Bind of Obligation236
16Memory, History, Revelation: Writing the Dead Other248
17Exemplary Individuals: Toward a Phenomenological Ethics263
Part VConversations
18Interview with Emmanuel Levinas283
19Postmodernism and the Desire for God: An E-mail Exchange298
20Heterological History: A Conversation316
Part VIThe Artin Ethics
21Between Swooners and Cynics: The Art of Envisioning God331
22Facts, Fictions, Ficciones: Truth in the Study of Religion345
23Eating the Text, Defiling the Hands: Specters in Arnold Schoenberg's Opera Moses and Aron360
24Killing the Cat: Sacrifice and Beauty in Genet and Mishima375
25The Art in Ethics: Aesthetics, Objectivity, and Alterity in the Philosophy of Levinas388
Part VIIComparing Philosophies
26The Moral Self: Levinas and Hermann Cohen405
27Autochthony and Welcome: Discourses of Exile in Derrida and Levinas423
28Time and Nonbeing in Derrida and Quine432
29The Logic of Artifactual Existents: John Dewey and Claude Levi-Strauss449
30The Mathematical Model in Plato and Some Surrogates in a Jain Theory of Knowledge464
31Soft Nominalism in Quine and the School of Dignaga474
32Fear of Primitives, Primitive Fears: Anthropology in the Philosophies of Heidegger and Levinas488
Notes505
Index561

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >