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Fiction of a Thinkable World: Body, Meaning, and the Culture of Capitalism
In the culture of the modern West, we see ourselves as thinking subjects, defined by our conscious thought, autonomous and separate from each other and the world we survey. Current research in neurology and cognitive science shows that this picture is false. We think with our bodies, and in interaction with others, and our thought is never completed. The Fiction of a Think ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Monthly Review Press
(first published January 1st 2005)
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In one of the more exciting intellectual works I have read in a while, Steinberg chips away at some fundamental presumptions we have about what it means to be a person in and of the world. Crudely stated, his main thesis is that our bodies, our societies, and our ‘independent’ thoughts are inherently tied together. There is no thinking Self which can gaze upon the world and rationalize it outside of our embodied connections to everything else. Ultimately, and convincingly, he shows how the moder ...more
A first rate and epic tour of the locus where cognitive science, biology, history, and anti-capitalism meet. Sounds quirky or oddball, but Steinberg is erudite and masterful, and expresses much that is deeply worthwhile on the human condition under bourgeois social conditions. This is not an eccentric book for eccentrics but rather an interdisciplinary work knitting together wide-ranging fields of knowledge that are decidedly relevant to each other and work to cohere in a vision of a more expans ...more
Michael Steinberg was an American music critic and musicologist closely associated with the San Francisco Symphony.More about Michael Steinberg...