By Miran Bozovic
Slovenian thinker Miran Bozovic's An completely darkish Spot examines the elusive prestige of the physique in early sleek ecu philosophy via analyzing its a number of encounters with the gaze. Its variety is remarkable, relocating from the Greek philosophers and theorists of the physique (Aristotle, Plato, Hippocratic scientific writers) to early glossy thinkers (Spinoza, Leibniz, Malebranche, Descartes, Bentham) to fashionable figures together with Jon Elster, Lacan, Althusser, Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen J. Gould, and others. Bozovic offers startling glimpses into a variety of international mentalities haunted through difficulties of divinity, immortality, production, nature, and hope, upsetting insights that invert generic assumptions concerning the courting among brain and body.
The standpoint is Lacanian, yet Bozovic explores the idiosyncrasies of his fabric (e.g., the our bodies of the Scythians, the transvestites remodeled and disguised for the gaze of God; or Adam's physique, which remained unseen so long as it was once the single one in lifestyles) with an awareness to element that's unparalleled between Lacanian theorists. The procedure makes for attractive examining, as Bozovic levels imagined encounters among prime thinkers, permitting them to speak approximately matters that every explored, yet in a unique time and position. whereas its concentration is on a specific challenge within the historical past of philosophy, An completely darkish Spot will attract these drawn to cultural stories, semiotics, theology, the historical past of faith, and political philosophy to boot.
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Extra resources for An Utterly Dark Spot: Gaze and Body in Early Modern Philosophy (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
In order that the mind's concern for the preservation of the body to which it is united not distract it from fortifying its union to universal Reason, God, in the presence of bodies, produces in the mind various sensations, by which he informs us of the relations these bodies have with the one that we animate.
I5 "Buffalo Bill," the transsexual from Thomas Harris's novel The Silence of the Lambs, faces exactly the same alternative: either metamorphosis or metempsychosis. Having been denied transsexual surgery because of his criminal past, he becomes a serial killer of women. Why? By being denied transsexual surgery, he is in fact denied the Leibnizian transformation of the body that would always be animated by one and the same soul, and so he understandably chooses the only alternative available: the Pythagorean transmigration of the soul from the male to the female body.
In order to solve a problem in geometry or examine some metaphysical principle, all we have to do is focus our attention, and the light of reason will spread itself within us in proportion to our attention. As this light comes from God, it is in fact God himself who is "l'auteur de nos connoissances" [the author of our knowledgel. ,,17 Or, as Christ says to the subject of Meditations chretiennes et metaphysiques: "sans moi tu ne penserois a rien, tu ne verrois rien, tu ne concevrois rien" [without me you would think of nothing, see nothing and conceive of nothingl.
An Utterly Dark Spot: Gaze and Body in Early Modern Philosophy (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism) by Miran Bozovic