An Utterly Dark Spot: Gaze and Body in Early Modern Philosophy (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)

Slovenian thinker Miran Bozovic's An completely darkish Spot examines the elusive prestige of the physique in early smooth eu philosophy by means of studying its a number of encounters with the gaze. Its variety is outstanding, 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 numerous overseas mentalities haunted via difficulties of divinity, immortality, production, nature, and hope, upsetting insights that invert regularly occurring assumptions concerning 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 remodeled and disguised for the gaze of God; or Adam's physique, which remained unseen so long as it was once the single one in life) with an cognizance to element that's unparalleled between Lacanian theorists. The strategy makes for enticing examining, as Bozovic levels imagined encounters among major thinkers, letting them speak approximately matters that every explored, yet in a distinct time and position. whereas its concentration is on a specific challenge within the heritage of philosophy, An completely darkish Spot will attract these attracted to cultural stories, semiotics, theology, the background 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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Bentham, "Panopticon: Postscript; half I," 4:83-84. forty three· Ibid. , eighty five. forty four. Bentham, "Panoptic on: Letters," 4:47. forty five. Fictitious entities don't exist, yet now not within the comparable manner that nonentities don't exist, for fictitious entities have "a kind of verbal 132 Notes to Pages II6-1B fact" ("Chrestomathia," within the Works of Jeremy Bentham, 8:I26n), which nonentities shouldn't have, and so, regardless of their skills as fictitious, are nonetheless known as entities. On Bentham's contrast among fictitious entities and imaginary nonentities, see Harrison, Bentham, 77-105; Jacques Bouvresse, "La Theorie des fictions chez Bentham," with regard sur Bentham et l'utilitarisme: Actes du colloque organise il Geneve les 23 et 24 novembre 1990, ed. Kevin Mulligan and Robert Roth (Geneva: Librairie Droz, 1993), 87-98; and Slavoj Zizek, Tarrying with the destructive (Durham: Duke collage Press, 1993), 83-89. forty six. Bentham, a fraction on executive, ed. J. H. Burns and H. L. A. Hart (Cambridge: Cambridge college Press, 1988), 108n. ; see additionally rules of Morals and laws, 224 n. I. forty seven. Quoted in C. okay. Ogden, Benthams thought of Fictions (London: Kegan Paul, 1932), xiv. forty eight. Bentham, "A Fragment on Ontology," 8:195-96. forty nine. "This topic of ghosts has been one of the torments of my lifestyles. Even now, while sixty or seventy years have omitted my head because my boyhood bought the impact which my grandmother gave it, notwithstanding my judgement is absolutely unfastened, my mind's eye isn't really fully so" (quoted in Ogden, Benthams thought of Fictions, xi). we will be able to see simply how robust Bentham's worry of ghosts was once from the truth that in his eyes it used to be one of many primary arguments opposed to lengthy solitary confinement: "When the exterior senses are limited from motion, the mind's eye is extra lively, and produces a a variety of race of perfect beings. In a kingdom of solitude, infantine superstitions, ghosts, and spectres, recur to the mind's eye. This, of itself, varieties a enough explanation for no longer prolonging this species of punishment, that can overthrow the powers of the brain, and bring incurable melancholy.... [Ilf drastically lengthy, it will scarcely fail of manufacturing insanity, melancholy, or probably a silly apathy" (Works of Jeremy Bentham, 1:426; quoted in Semple, Benthams criminal, 132). The panopticon solves this challenge by means of developing a paradoxical "crowded solitude": each prisoner is actually "alone in a crowd. " 50. Quoted in Ogden, Benthams conception ojFictions, xvi. fifty one. Paul Veyne, Did the Greeks think of their Myths? trans. Paula Wissing (Chicago: collage of Chicago Press, 1988), 87. fifty two. "[Tlo loose myself of the annoyance, i believe myself less than the need of substituting to these roughly unique rules with 133 Notes to Pages II9-20 which my brain could in a different way were occupied, these reflections that are essential to preserve for my part the judgement in which the non-existence of those creatures of the mind's eye [sc. , ghosts] has so usually been said" (quoted in Ogden, Benthams conception of Fictions, xvi).

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