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

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823226061
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series, #52
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Edith Wyschogrod is J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought emerita at Rice University. The most recent of her books are An Ethics of Remembering: History, Heterology, and the Nameless Others; Saints and Postmodernism: Revisioning Moral Philosophy; and a second edition of Emmanuel Levinas: The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics (Fordham).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I God: Desiring the Infinite
1 Intending Transcendence: Desiring God 13
2 Corporeality and the Glory of the Infinite in the Philosophy of Levinas 29
3 Postmodern Saintliness: Ecstasy and Altruism 45
4 Levinas and Hillel's Questions 61
5 Recontextualizing the Ontological Argument: A Lacanian Analysis 76
Part II Training Bodies: Pedagogies of Pain
6 Asceticism as Willed Corporeality: Body in Foucault and Heidegger 95
7 Blind Man Seeing: From Chiasm to Hyperreality 112
8 The Howl of Oedipus, the Cry of Heloise: From Asceticism to Postmodern Ethics 125
9 From the Death of the Word to the Rise of the Image in the Choreography of Merce Cunningham 141
Part III Bodies: Subject or Code?
10 Empathy and Sympathy as Tactile Encounter 157
11 Levinas's Other and the Culture of the Copy 173
12 From Neo-Platonism to Souls in Silico: Quests for Immortality 189
Part IV Nihilation and the Ethics of Alterity
13 The Semantic Spaces of Terror: A Theological Response 207
14 The Warring Logics of Genocide 222
15 Incursions of Alterity: The Double Bind of Obligation 236
16 Memory, History, Revelation: Writing the Dead Other 248
17 Exemplary Individuals: Toward a Phenomenological Ethics 263
Part V Conversations
18 Interview with Emmanuel Levinas 283
19 Postmodernism and the Desire for God: An E-mail Exchange 298
20 Heterological History: A Conversation 316
Part VI The Artin Ethics
21 Between Swooners and Cynics: The Art of Envisioning God 331
22 Facts, Fictions, Ficciones: Truth in the Study of Religion 345
23 Eating the Text, Defiling the Hands: Specters in Arnold Schoenberg's Opera Moses and Aron 360
24 Killing the Cat: Sacrifice and Beauty in Genet and Mishima 375
25 The Art in Ethics: Aesthetics, Objectivity, and Alterity in the Philosophy of Levinas 388
Part VII Comparing Philosophies
26 The Moral Self: Levinas and Hermann Cohen 405
27 Autochthony and Welcome: Discourses of Exile in Derrida and Levinas 423
28 Time and Nonbeing in Derrida and Quine 432
29 The Logic of Artifactual Existents: John Dewey and Claude Levi-Strauss 449
30 The Mathematical Model in Plato and Some Surrogates in a Jain Theory of Knowledge 464
31 Soft Nominalism in Quine and the School of Dignaga 474
32 Fear of Primitives, Primitive Fears: Anthropology in the Philosophies of Heidegger and Levinas 488
Notes 505
Index 561
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    Posted August 6, 2006

    A scholarly and serious-minded omnibus of critical evaluation

    Crossover Queries: Dwelling With Negatives, Embodying Philosophy's Others collects essays by Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought Edith Wyschogrod. Exploring a vast range from the question of the name of God, to the phenomenology of the body and recent biological research, to insights on twentieth-century European philosophy and traditional Jewish thought, Crossover Queries finds common threads and askance viewpoints in scattered amid centuries of human perspective. A scholarly and serious-minded omnibus of critical evaluation, pedegogy, and comparative philosophical perspectives.

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