Abuses by Alphonso Lingis

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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There is the specific pleasure of transvestite theater. There is no script for which a director seeks actors who are naturals for the part. They don't do plays, stories; they just do the femme fatale, the czarina, the college cheerleader, the Brooklyn Jewish mother, each the matrix of an indefinite number of plots and intrigues. They have no director, no one is a natural for a role, each one inverts and transposes his nature entirely into a representation. Each is a parthenogenesis in his own laser-beam placenta.

With so few species, though in staggering numbers, in the rookeries, the birds, seals, and sea elephants occupy distinct ecological niches lined with different kinds of lichens, and are not in competition. As on the Galapagos, humans during a couple centuries landed here, spreading mayhem and terror. But the rookeries are now protected, like the Galapagos, and the thousands of years without fear have now faded out the instincts fear had programmed in their inhabitants those few centuries. The birds and mammals are not tame; as on the Galapagos, they do not ― 99 ― come up to you seeking a handout.

Diane Ackerman reports her conversation with Roger Payne. "Why do human beings have such huge brains? . Human beings dwell in long-lived societies in which they have contact for years with the same individuals and family groups, and these groups are constantly exchanging favors, with the idea that if you give a favor you will get one in return, then you have to wait around and collect on the debt. . Eventually the system invites cheating. . Then you must become a deft detector of cheating, and if you get good at detecting cheating, then I have to get better at cheating in more subtle ways.

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