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Explores the fading empire of cognition, modulating stupidity into idiocy, puerility, and the figure of the ridiculous philosopher instituted by Kant. Drawing on a range of writers including Dostoevsky, Schlegel, Musil, and Wordsworth, this book investigates ignorance, dumbfoundedness, and the limits of reason.
Paperback, 376 pages
Published December 17th 2002 by University of Illinois Press (first published November 21st 2001)
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Aug 17, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
Near the opening of the book, Ronell claims, “stupidity is … linked to the most dangerous failures of human endeavors” (3). Or at least one form of stupidity does—Ronell hesitates to offer a totalizing definition of the word throughout the book, her reasons for which I’ll return to in a moment. For Ronell, “stupidity does not allow itself to be opposed to knowledge in any simple way, nor is it the other of thought. It does not stand in the way of wisdom, for the disguise of the wise is to avow u ...more
May 31, 2007 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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This is one of my favorite books of all time. If you have this issue, which I do, of hating stupid people and wanting to kill them all the time, this book will make you feel good and stupid and then, once you get past feeling stupid it will show you the difference between you and stupid people and make you hate them again, if a little bit less this time, because you will be jealous of them.
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criticism like this tends to frusrate people because it is believed you have to be already familiar with the material in order to really follow it. nothing is more fun than hearing someone write about something which they love as much as you. knowing such an indulgence comes at the price of the amount of space you must allow when it is a topic you have no relationship with. ultimately the material is little more than a waystation on the way to big ideas, a way of working things out that otherwis ...more
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Dec 17, 2013 Antony Haws rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book. It should be required reading in American universities.
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Avital Ronell is Professor of German, comparative literature, and English at New York University, where she directs the Research in Trauma and Violence project, and has also written as a literary critic, a feminist, and philosopher.

Ronell to Israeli diplomats and was a performance artist before entering academia.

She gained a B.A. from Middlebury College and studied with Jacob Taubes at the Hermen
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