The Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and Culture / Edition 1

The Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and Culture / Edition 1

by Susan R. Bordo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0887064116

ISBN-13: 9780887064111

Pub. Date: 07/01/1987

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The Flight to Objectivity offers a new reading of Descartes’ Meditations informed by cultural history, psychoanalytic and cognitive psychology, and feminist thought. It focuses not on Descartes’ arguments as “timeless,” culturally disembodied events, but on the psychological drama and imagery of the Meditations explored in the context of the…  See more details below

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The Flight to Objectivity offers a new reading of Descartes’ Meditations informed by cultural history, psychoanalytic and cognitive psychology, and feminist thought. It focuses not on Descartes’ arguments as “timeless,” culturally disembodied events, but on the psychological drama and imagery of the Meditations explored in the context of the historical instability of the seventeenth century and deep historical changes in the structure of human experience.

The study includes textual and cultural material that together comprise a gradually unfolding psychocultural reading of the Meditations. Descartes’ famous doubt, and the ideal of objectivity which conquered that doubt, are considered as philosophical expressions of a cultural “drama of parturition” from the medieval universe, a process that generated new forms of experience, new cultural anxieties, and ultimately, new strategies for control and mastery of an utterly changed and alien world. Themes that figure prominently in recent literature on seventeenth-century philosophy and science—the birth of the mind as “mirror of nature,” and the “masculine” nature of modern science, the “death of nature”—are explored with reference to Descartes as a pivotal figure in the birth of modernity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887064111
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/1987
Series:
SUNY Series in Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
145
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. The Pervasiveness of Cartesian Anxiety; or, Taking Cartesian Doubt Seriously
2. The Epistemological Insecurity of the Cartesian Era
3. The Emergence of Inwardness
4. Individuation and Locatedness: A Cultural Drama of Parturition
5. Purification and Transcendence in Descartes's Meditations
6. The Cartesian Masculinization of Thought and the Seventeenth-Century Flight From the Feminine

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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