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The Imperative

The Imperative

by Alphonso Lingis


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... a more compelling reading of Kant than any I have ever seen." —David Farrell Krell

In this provocative book, Alphonso Lingis argues that not only our thought is governed by an imperative, as Kant had maintained, but, rather, our sensual, sensing, perceiving, and emotional life is continually regulated by imperatives that come to us from the world around us. Through a series of phenomenological sketches drawn from life experiences, Lingis shows that there are directives in the natural world and in our interactions with others that govern our thought and behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253212313
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 10/22/1998
Series: Studies in Continental Thought
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 807,092
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Alphonso Lingis is Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. His publications include The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common, Abuses, and Foreign Bodies.

Table of Contents


Part One. Directives
1. Nightwatch
2. The Elements
3. The Levels
4. The Intimate and the Alien
5. Things
6. Intimate and Alien Things
7. Action with Things
8. The Production of Purposes
9. The Pageantry of Things
10. Phantom Equator
11. The Reasons of the Heart
12. Other Passions
13. Face to Face
14. Association
15. Erotic Demands
16. The Summons of Death
17. The Death of Strangers
18. The Walkabout
19. Importance, Urgency, Immediacy

Part Two The Imperative

20. Images of the Imperative
21. The Theoretical and Practical Uses of Reason
22. The Rational and the Required

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David Farrell Krell

. . . a more compelling reading of Kant than any I have ever seen.

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