The Universal (In the Realm of the Sensible): Beyond Continental Philosophy

The Universal (In the Realm of the Sensible): Beyond Continental Philosophy

by Dorothea Olkowski
     
 

The Universal proposes a radically new philosophical system that moves from ontology to ethics. Drawing on the work of De Beauvoir, Sartre, and Le Doeuff, among others, and addressing a range of topics from the Asian sex trade to late capitalism, quantum gravity, and Merleau-Ponty's views on cinema, Dorothea Olkowski stretches the mathematical, political,

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The Universal proposes a radically new philosophical system that moves from ontology to ethics. Drawing on the work of De Beauvoir, Sartre, and Le Doeuff, among others, and addressing a range of topics from the Asian sex trade to late capitalism, quantum gravity, and Merleau-Ponty's views on cinema, Dorothea Olkowski stretches the mathematical, political, epistemological, and aesthetic limits of continental philosophy and introduces a new perspective on political structures.

Straddling a course between formalism and conventionalism, Olkowski develops the concept of an ontological unconscious that arises from our "sensible" relation to the world-the information we absorb and emit that affects our encounters with the environment and others. In this "realm of the senses," or the field of vulnerability defined by our experience with pleasure and pain, Olkowski is able to rethink the space-time relations put forth by Irigaray's notion of the "interval," Bergson's "recollection," Merleau-Ponty's idea of the "flesh," and Deleuze's "plane of immanence."

This aesthetic sense is shared by all humankind and nonhuman entities in the organic and inorganic world. The sensible universal can be applied to categories of pure and practical reason; experiential binaries of male-female and subject-object; and issues of autonomy, moral laws, and the regulation of perception.

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Editorial Reviews

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy - Margarit Shildrick

Olkowski's new work will come to seem just as essential as those breakthrough Irigarayan texts.

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

Olkowski's new work will come to seem just as essential as those breakthrough Irigarayan texts.

— Margarit Shildrick

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy
Olkowski's new work will come to seem just as essential as those breakthrough Irigarayan texts.

— Margarit Shildrick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231141987
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/12/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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John Carvalho

A daring work that offers an original view rather than an interpretation of received wisdom. It is also highly personal, exposing the author to some of the vulnerability that she says connects us with this universal in the realm of the senses. There is far too little of this in philosophy.

Rosi Braidotti

This is a daring piece of conceptual creation by a passionately philosophical mind. Facing up to the challenges of contemporary scientific culture, Dorothea Olkowski unblocks set mental habits, confronts complexity, and takes the risk of intellectual and moral vulnerability. Brilliantly written.

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