By Alphonso Lingis
Half travelogue, half meditation, Abuses is a daring exploration of principal topics in Continental philosophy via some of the most passionate and unique thinkers in that culture writing today.A gripping list of wants, obsessions, our bodies, and areas skilled in far-off lands, Alphonso Lingis's ebook deals not less than 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 bothered me. . . . those writings additionally grew to become now not my letters. i discovered myself in basic terms attempting to communicate for others, others greeted merely with passionate kisses of parting."Ranging from the increased Inca fortress of Machu Picchu, to the residing 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 alternate of overseas capitalism. Recalling the paintings of such writers as Graham Greene, Kathy Acker, and Georges Bataille, Abuses comprises impassioned money owed of silence, eros and identification, torture and warfare, the chic, 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 United States. A deeply unsettling ebook through a thinker of bizarre 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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