Eros Revisited

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Eros Revisited rethinks the desire for the other through philosophical, poetical, and psychological inquiry. Dr. Isaac B. Rosler draws from the works of Plato, Butler, and Derrida to explore the unreadability of Eros's enigma and the desire to address its mystery through assertive and noncontradictory discourse, resulting in the modern objectification of Eros into defined sexual orientations. With the rise of the concept of the Freudian ego, Eros is heterosexualized and the indeterminate love for the other falls into oblivion. In an attempt to revisit Eros as a metaphysical enigma, Dr. Rosler demonstrates the necessity of turning toward the mythical grounds of the desiring-ego and the roots of philosophical dialectic thinking. This book turns toward the withdrawing enigma of Eros toward the most radical aspect of friendship and love. Eros Revisited offers an examination of the oblivious metaphysical remains of Eros and will appeal to those interested in cultural studies and literary theory.

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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Richmond-Garza
Rosler’s important and humane study inquires where Eros has gone in our modern world. Tracing the ways in which binary logics reduce the individual to a function of dialectic rather than an ecstatic self, Rosler presents a nuanced and rigorous account of 'friendship' from Plato to Deleuze. He enlightens readings of texts as varied as Freud and Heidegger, and gracefully interlaces complex responses to Derrida’s 'politics of friendship' with his own lived experiences. The study is both a testimonial to the committed thoughtfulness of its author and a crucial addition to contemporary continental philosophy and gender studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739122020
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Rosler is associate professor of foreign languages and humanities at Dowling College.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Conceptions of Eros? Chapter 2 The Origin as Myth: The Beginning of Eros Chapter 3 The Lying Ego Chapter 4 Is There a Heterosexual World Out There? Chapter 5 Heterosexuality Revisited Chapter 6 The Double Detachment of Eros Chapter 7 Lethe and Aletheia Revisited Chapter 8 The Modern Desiring-Machine Revealed Chapter 9 The Tragedy of Correct and Assertive Seeming Chapter 10 The Oblivion of Eros Chapter 11 The State (polis) and the (Im)possibility of Turning Towards the Indeterminate Other Chapter 12 The Principle of Non-Contradiction: The Philosopher is and is not a Sophist Chapter 13 Plato's Phaedrus: The Possibility and Impossibility of Articulating Eros Chapter 14 Epilogue: Friendship Revisited

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