Crossover Queries: Dwelling with Negatives, Embodying Philosophy's Others

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Fordham Univ Press, 2006 - Philosophy - 566 pages
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Exploring the risks, ambiguities, and unstable conceptual worlds of contemporary thought, Crossover Queries brings together the wide-ranging writings, across twenty years, of one of our most important philosophers.

Ranging from twentieth-century European philosophy--the thought of Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, Levinas, Janicaud, and others--to novels and artworks, music and dance, from traditional Jewish thought to Jain and
Buddhist metaphysics, Wyschogrod's work opens radically new vistas while remaining mindful that the philosopher stands within and is responsible to a philosophical legacy conditioned by the negative.

Rather than point to a Hegelian dialectic of overcoming negation or to a postmetaphysical exhaustion, Wyschogrod treats negative moments as opening novel spaces for thought. She probes both the desire for God and an ethics grounded in the interests of the other person, seeing these as moments both of crossing over and of negation. Alert to the catastrophes that have marked our times, she exposes the underlying logical structures of nihilatory forces that have been exerted to exterminate whole peoples. Analyzing the negations
of biological research and cultural images of mechanized and robotic bodies, she shows how they contest the body as lived in ordinary experience.

"Crossover Queries brings together important essays on a remarkable range of topics by one of our most insightful cultural critics. Commenting on philosophical and theological issues that have shaped the recent past as well as scientific and technological questions that will preoccupy us in the near future, Wyschogrod consistently alerts us to the urgency of problems whose importance few recognize. To avoid the challenge these essays pose is to avoid responsibility for a future that appears to be increasingly fragile."--Mark C. Taylor, Columbia University

 

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Contents

Desiring the Infinite
11
Aesthetics Objectivity and Alterity
25
Corporeality and the Glory of the Infinite in
29
Ecstasy and Altruism
45
Levinas and Hillels Questions
61
A Lacanian
76
Training Bodies Pedagogies
93
From Chiasm to Hyperreality
112
Toward a Phenomenological
263
Interview with Emmanuel Levinas
283
An Email
298
A Conversation
316
The Art of Envisioning
331
Truth in the Study of Religion
345
Specters in Arnold
360
Comparing Philosophies
403

From the Death of the Word to the Rise of the Image
141
Bodies Subject or Code?
155
Levinass Other and the Culture of the Copy
173
Quests
189
Nihil at ion and the Ethics
205
The Warring Logics of Genocide
222
The Double Bind of Obligation
236
Discourses of Exile
423
John Dewey
449
The Mathematical Model in Plato and Some Surrogates
464
Anthropology in
488
Notej
505
Index
563
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Edith Wyschogrod is J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought emerita at Rice University. The most recent of her books are An Ethics of Remembering: History, Heterology, and the Nameless Others; Saints and Postmodernism: Revisioning Moral Philosophy; and a second edition of Emmanuel Levinas: The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics (Fordham).

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