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By Miran Bozovic, Slavoj Zizek

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Slovenian thinker Miran Bozovic's An completely darkish Spot examines the elusive prestige of the physique in early sleek ecu philosophy by way of analyzing its a number of encounters with the gaze. Its diversity is notable, relocating from the Greek philosophers and theorists of the physique (Aristotle, Plato, Hippocratic scientific writers) to early sleek thinkers (Spinoza, Leibniz, Malebranche, Descartes, Bentham) to fashionable figures together with Jon Elster, Lacan, Althusser, Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen J. Gould, and others. Bozovic presents startling glimpses into a number of international mentalities haunted by means of difficulties of divinity, immortality, production, nature, and wish, frightening insights that invert regularly occurring assumptions in regards to the courting among brain and body.
The viewpoint is Lacanian, yet Bozovic explores the idiosyncrasies of his fabric (e.g., the our bodies of the Scythians, the transvestites reworked and disguised for the gaze of God; or Adam's physique, which remained unseen so long as it used to be the one one in life) with an awareness to element that's unheard of between Lacanian theorists. The process makes for attractive studying, as Bozovic levels imagined encounters among top thinkers, letting them speak approximately topics that every explored, yet in a distinct time and position. whereas its concentration is on a selected challenge within the heritage of philosophy, An totally darkish Spot will entice these attracted to cultural experiences, semiotics, theology, the historical past of faith, and political philosophy as well.
Miran Bozovic is affiliate Professor of Philosophy on the college of Ljubljana, Slovenia. he's the writer of Der grosse Andere: Gotteskonzepte in der Philosophie der Neuzeit (Vienna: Verlag Turia & Kant, 1993) and editor of The Panopticon Writings by way of Jeremy Bentham (London: Verso, 1995).

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The other, then, sees in me the cause of his sadness, whereas I see myself as the cause of his-and consequently of my own-sadness. The outcome of my encounter with the other in this case is as follows: the other, experiencing sadness accompanied by the idea of an external cause, that is, the idea of myself as cause, hates me, whereas I, merely imitating that affect of the other with which I myself have affected him and, accordingly, experiencing sadness accompanied by the idea of an internal cause, hate myself.

N What Leibniz lacks, however, is an explicit empirical support for his view that there is also no "final extinction" or "complete 20 A Brief History of Insects death," and that every apparent death is followed by a subsequent death; the final extinction or complete death is always postponed and tends toward the end of the world. ,,23 In his letters to Arnauld, this conclusion is illustrated by numerous examples of resuscitations, which occur after the apparent death of a body. For example: while deep sleep or ecstasies can sometimes be mistaken for death, one can awake from such a state and, as it were, arise from the dead; while the caterpillar that is enshrouded in its shell can be considered dead, a butterfly emerges from this shell after a certain period of time; while people who have frozen, drowned, or been strangled are apparently dead, they nevertheless can occasionally be brought back to life.

What would then sustain this species in existence would be solely fetuses and corpses, since its members would never engender a living body. And just such creatures do in fact exist. There is a species of mite where the male members embody precisely such a reversed life cycle in its pure form: the male copulates with its sisters within its mother's shell and dies before birth. 28 This then is the paradoxical species that sustains itself in existence in such a 22 A Brief History of Insects way that its male members exclusively engender fetuses and corpses-there is no living body.

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