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Alphonso Lingis's engaging book studies the phenomenological and postphenomenological theories of sexuality of six contemporary French philosophers: Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-FranAsois Lyotard, Gilles Deleuze, and FAclix Guattari. After centuries of philosophical silence on the matter, these writers, during the last fory years, have undertaken the first extended exploration of human sexuality in Western philosophical literature. Lingis presents the arguments developed by the six philosophers, critically assesses them, and offers his own explanation of how the libidinal body can be characterized, what the libidinal drive is, and what alterity commands in the erotic imperative.simply make me a participant in, a part of, universal reason or universal discourse or the community, is it not because they are ... To each erotic encounter I bring all my infantile obsessions, and because I crave only mortal flesh and blood eachanbsp;...

Author:Alphonso Lingis
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 1985


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