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Sharing the Fire: Outline of a Dialectics of Sensitivity

Sharing the Fire: Outline of a Dialectics of Sensitivity

by Luce IrigarayLuce Irigaray


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Whilst he broaches the theme of the difference between the sexes, Hegel does not go deep enough into the question of their mutual desire as a crucial stage in our becoming truly human. He ignores the dialectical process regarding sensitivity and sensuousness. And yet this is needed to make spiritual the relation between two human subjectivities differently determined by nature and to ensure the connection between body and spirit, nature and culture, private life and public life. This leads Hegel to fragment human subjectivity into yearnings for art, religion and philosophy thereby losing the unity attained through the cultivation of a longing for the absolute born of a desire for one another as different.

Furthermore, our epoch of history is different from the Hegelian one and demands that we consider additional aspects of human subjectivity. This is essential if we are to overcome the nihilism inherent in our traditional metaphysics without falling into a worse nihilism due to a lack of rigorous thinking common today.

The increasing power of technique and technologies as well as the task of building a world culture are two other challenges we face. Our sexuate belonging provides us with a universal living determination of our subjectivity – now a dual subjectivity - and also with a natural energy potential which allows us to use technical resources without becoming dependent on them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030283292
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 12/17/2019
Edition description: 1st ed. 2019
Pages: 111
Sales rank: 810,605
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Luce Irigaray is a leading thinker of our age. She has written more than thirty books translated into various languages, the most recent of which are To Be Born (2017), Through Vegetal Being (co-authored with Michael Marder, 2016), In the Beginning, She Was (2012) and Sharing the World (2008). She is also the co-editor of Towards a New Human Being (with Mahon O’Brien and Christos Hadjioannou, 2019), a volume in which early-career researchers and established academics respond to To Be Born, as part of a longer-term undertaking with a view to giving birth to a new human being and building a new world.

Table of Contents

1. ​Hypothesis: Longing for another Absolute than Knowledge
2. The Desire to Be
2.1 Giving Birth to our To Be
2.2 Dwelling place opened by desire
2.3 The gift of nothing
2.4 Assuming non-being
2.5 Sexuation as first logos
2.6 Infinity arising from finiteness
3. Elements of a Dialectics of Sensitivity
3.1What mood allows meeting together?
3.2Energy as sensitive mediation
3.3 About universality of sensitive experience
3.4 Here and now in intersubjective relations
3.5 The qualitative truth of our being
3.6 For me for you; for you for me
4. The Absolute after which Desire Aspires
4.1 Towards a non-pathological pathos
4.2 From subordination to conjunction
4.3 Self-affection and self-consciousness
4.4 An absolute rooted in nature4.5 Light for which sensitivity longs
4.6 Desire as transcendental intuition
5. Sketch of a Logic of Intersubjectivity
5.1 From subject-object adequacy to subject-subject connection
5.2 Nature and freedom
5.3 Crucial stage of the relation between two
5.4 Sharing the fire
5.5 Leading part of touch in fleshly dynamism
5.6 Lost of differentiation due to sight
5.7 Living individuation shaped by mutual desire
6. Provisory Synthesis: Difference Can Overcome Contradiction

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