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Desire and Distance: Introduction to a Phenomenology of Perception (Cultural Memory in the Present)

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Desire and Distance constitutes an important new departure in contemporary phenomenological thought, a rethinking and critique of basic philosophical positions concerning the concept of perception presented by Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, though it departs in significant and original ways from their work. Barbarass overall goal is to develop a philosophy of what “life” is—one that would do justice to the question of embodiment and its role in perception and the formation of the human subject. Barbaras posits that desire and distance inform the concept of “life.” Levinas identified a similar structure in Descartess notion of the infinite. For Barbaras, desire and distance are anchored not in meaning, but in a rethinking of the philosophy of biology and, in consequence, cosmology.

Barbaras elaborates and extends the formal structure of desire and distance by drawing on motifs as yet unexplored in the French phenomenological tradition, especially the notions of “life” and the “life-world,” which are prominent in the later Husserl but also appear in non-phenomenological thinkers such as Bergson. Barbaras then filters these notions (especially “life”) through Merleau-Ponty.

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Barbaras (contemporary philosophy, Paris I, Sorbonne) critiques basic philosophical positions concerning the concept of perception presented by Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, in order to develop a philosophy of What Life Is that will do justice to the question of embodiment and its role in perception and the formation of the human subject. Only names are indexed.
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Barbaras (contemporary philosophy, Paris I, Sorbonne) critiques basic philosophical positions concerning the concept of perception presented by Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, in order to develop a philosophy of What Life Is that will do justice to the question of embodiment and its role in perception and the formation of the human subject. Only names are indexed. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Desire and Distance constitutes an important new departure in contemporary phenomenological thought — a rethinking and critique of basic philosophical positions concerning the concept of perception presented by Husserl and Merleau-Ponty — though it departs in significant and original ways from their work.

Synopsis:

“Desire and Distance is based on recent research and presents new ideas on the problem of perception—ideas that are quite enticing. Barbaras is the worlds leading Merleau-Ponty scholar, but what makes this book remarkable and philosophically important is that Barbaras distances himself from Merleau-Ponty and develops his own set of concepts with a high level of originality. In my opinion, Barbarass book is remarkable.” —Leonard Lawlor, University of Memphis

About the Author

Renaud Barbaras is Professor of Contemporary Philosophy at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804746458
Translator:
Milan, Paul B.
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Translator:
Milan, Paul B.
Translator:
Milan, Paul
Author:
Barbaras, Renaud
Author:
Milan, Paul
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
Phenomenology
Subject:
Perception (Philosophy)
Subject:
Movements - Phenomenology
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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Desire and Distance constitutes an important new departure in contemporary phenomenological thought — a rethinking and critique of basic philosophical positions concerning the concept of perception presented by Husserl and Merleau-Ponty — though it departs in significant and original ways from their work.
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“Desire and Distance is based on recent research and presents new ideas on the problem of perception—ideas that are quite enticing. Barbaras is the worlds leading Merleau-Ponty scholar, but what makes this book remarkable and philosophically important is that Barbaras distances himself from Merleau-Ponty and develops his own set of concepts with a high level of originality. In my opinion, Barbarass book is remarkable.” —Leonard Lawlor, University of Memphis
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