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Overview

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

No matter how much you fight against it, dust pervades everything. It gathers in even layers, adapting to the contours of things and marking the passage of time. In itself, it is also a gathering place, a random community of what has been and what is yet to be, a catalog of traces and a set of promises: dead skin cells and plant pollen, hair and paper fibers, not to mention dust mites who make it their home. And so, dust blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, plant and animal matter, the inside and the outside, you and the world (“for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou returban”). This book treats one of the most mundane and familiar phenomena, showing how it can provide a key to thinking about existence, community, and justice today.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628925586
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/28/2016
Series: Object Lessons
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 841,533
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michael Marder is Ikerbasque Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. He is the Associate Editor of Telos: A Quarterly Jourbanal of Critical Thought and the author of Pyropolitics: When the World Is Ablaze (2015) and The Event of The Thing: Derrida's Post-Deconstructive Realism (2009).

Table of Contents

1. Dusting
2. A Phenomenology of Dust
3. Being, Dust, and Time
4. Allergic Reactions
5. A Community of Remnants
6. Just Dust
7. DustArt
Notes
Index

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