Desire and Distance: Introduction to a Phenomenology of Perception

Desire and Distance Introduction to a Phenomenology of Perception 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 pre

  • Title: Desire and Distance: Introduction to a Phenomenology of Perception
  • Author: Renaud Barbaras Paul B. Milan Paul Milan
  • ISBN: 9780804746458
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Barbaras s overall goal is to develop a philosophy of what life is oDesire 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 Barbaras s 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 Descartes s 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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    1. Although best known in the English speaking world for his ground-breaking study of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's phenomenological ontology (cf. The Being of the Phenomenon), Renaud Barbaras has been vibrantly forging his own path among the phenomenological thicket for the better part of the last two decades. Desire and Distance - his only other full length publication translated into English so far - gives us a valuable glimpse into the philosophical expanse since treaded by this remarkable thinker. W [...]

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