By Miran Bozovic
Slovenian thinker Miran Bozovic's An totally darkish Spot examines the elusive prestige of the physique in early smooth ecu philosophy by means of analyzing its numerous encounters with the gaze. Its variety is awesome, relocating from the Greek philosophers and theorists of the physique (Aristotle, Plato, Hippocratic scientific writers) to early glossy thinkers (Spinoza, Leibniz, Malebranche, Descartes, Bentham) to trendy figures together with Jon Elster, Lacan, Althusser, Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen J. Gould, and others. Bozovic presents startling glimpses into a number of overseas mentalities haunted via difficulties of divinity, immortality, construction, nature, and hope, upsetting insights that invert typical assumptions concerning the dating among brain and body.
The point of view 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 realization to element that's extraordinary between Lacanian theorists. The method makes for enticing analyzing, as Bozovic phases imagined encounters among top thinkers, letting them communicate approximately matters that every explored, yet in a special time and position. whereas its concentration is on a specific challenge within the heritage of philosophy, An totally darkish Spot will entice these drawn to cultural reviews, semiotics, theology, the historical past of faith, and political philosophy besides.
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26 It is only retroactively that an individual can be said to have been conquered by external causes; however, there are undoubtedly many others who, dominated by external causes, act self-destructively and yet never commit the act of suicide itself. The latter could be considered as the living dead 27 -although they are already dead, 21 An Utterly Dark Spot they nevertheless live on. Of course, Spinoza's living dead are not so much instances of life after death as they are instances of death before death itself.
14 Moreover, not only are there no bodies without souls, neither are there any disembodied souls. I5 "Buffalo Bill," the transsexual from Thomas Harris's novel The Silence of the Lambs, faces exactly the same alternative: either metamorphosis or metempsychosis. Having been denied transsexual surgery because of his criminal past, he becomes a serial killer of women. Why? By being denied transsexual surgery, he is in fact denied the Leibnizian transformation of the body that would always be animated by one and the same soul, and so he understandably chooses the only alternative available: the Pythagorean transmigration of the soul from the male to the female body.
Who is, therefore, the lover? The lover is the one who is affected with joy accompanied by the idea of an external cause, that is, the idea of the beloved object. And the beloved object? The beloved object is the cause of joy experienced by the lover. The beloved transforms himself into the lover insofar as he believes that he has given the lover no cause for his love. Suppose I have in some way affected with joy a thing like myself, that is, the other; he now loves me. By loving me, he sees in me the cause of his joy.