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Part travelogue, part meditation, Abuses is a bold exploration of central themes in Continental philosophy by one of the most passionate and original thinkers in that tradition writing today.

A gripping record of desires, obsessions, bodies, and spaces experienced in distant lands, Alphonso Lingis's book offers no less than a new approach to philosophy—aesthetic and sympath
Paperback, 268 pages
Published December 27th 1995 by University of California Press (first published 1994)
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Jul 28, 2013 Sebastian Rising rated it liked it
the first 2/3 seem to be better than the rest of the book. although there is a focus on the newness of various experiences (love, lust, connecting history to the present, etc), this slowly gives way to a pattern--but a beautiful pattern nonetheless. his phenomenological descriptions point in the direction of rilke, that eminent poet so closely tied to phenomenologists' understanding of the world. but after a while, i had the feeling of being stuck within beautiful description after beautiful des ...more
Philosophy without any determinant 'ologies' attached. Imagery and disembodied text, or, figurative language, navigating a degree zero (sensuality, spaces, ecstasy, sex, death, the phenomenon) most prominently through an anthropological praxis. Bataille and his ideas concerning base materialism is another useful connection. Acéphalic sovereignty.

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Alphonso Lingis is an American philosopher, writer and translator, currently Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. His areas of specialization include phenomenology, existentialism, modern philosophy, and ethics.
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