By Alphonso Lingis
Half travelogue, half meditation, Abuses is a daring exploration of important subject matters in Continental philosophy by way of essentially the most passionate and unique thinkers in that culture writing today.A gripping list of wishes, obsessions, our bodies, and areas skilled in far away lands, Alphonso Lingis's e-book bargains not less than a brand new method of philosophy--aesthetic and sympathetic--which departs from the phenomenology of Levinas and Merleau-Ponty. "These have been letters written to friends," Lingis writes, "from locations i discovered myself for months at a time, approximately encounters that moved me and afflicted me. . . . those writings additionally turned not my letters. i discovered myself purely attempting to converse for others, others greeted basically with passionate kisses of parting."Ranging from the increased Inca fort of Machu Picchu, to the residing rooms of the Mexican elite, to the streets of Manila, Lingis recounts incidents of state-sponsored violence and the innovative incorporation of third-world peoples into the circuits of trade of overseas capitalism. Recalling the paintings of such writers as Graham Greene, Kathy Acker, and Georges Bataille, Abuses comprises impassioned bills of silence, eros and id, torture and warfare, the chic, lust and pleasure, and human rituals surrounding carnival and demise that happened in the course of his trips to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Bali, the Philippines, Antarctica, and Latin the USA. A deeply unsettling ebook through a thinker of surprising mind's eye, Abuses will attract readers who, like its writer, "may wish the enigmas and wish the discomfiture inside oneself."
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Abuses by Alphonso Lingis