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By Alphonso Lingis

ISBN-10: 0520203445

ISBN-13: 9780520203440

Half travelogue, half meditation, Abuses is a daring exploration of imperative topics in Continental philosophy through some of the most passionate and unique thinkers in that culture writing today.A gripping list of wishes, obsessions, our bodies, and areas skilled in far-off lands, Alphonso Lingis's ebook deals at the very least 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 areas i discovered myself for months at a time, approximately encounters that moved me and me. . . . those writings additionally turned not my letters. i discovered myself basically attempting to converse for others, others greeted merely with passionate kisses of parting."Ranging from the increased Inca fortress of Machu Picchu, to the dwelling rooms of the Mexican elite, to the streets of Manila, Lingis recounts incidents of state-sponsored violence and the revolutionary 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 debts of silence, eros and id, torture and struggle, the elegant, 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 US. A deeply unsettling booklet via a thinker of surprising mind's eye, Abuses will entice readers who, like its writer, "may wish the enigmas and need the discomfiture inside oneself."

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