Exercises in Constructive Imagination (Topoi Library) by Ermanno Bencivenga

By Ermanno Bencivenga

Philosophy during this century has frequently self-consciously provided itself as aiming on the destruction or deconstruction of the philosophical culture or perhaps of theorizing as such. the root for such self-description might be a deep-seated nervousness approximately dying; yet no matter what its grounds, the procession of special intellectuals who look in general curious about who will get to show off the mild on philosophy on his/her approach out is one major this is because philosophy turns out to have misplaced its grip on public opinion and public coverage. that is ironical, simply because there's frequently significant positive paintings occurring less than the pretence of all this `destruction', however the superficial rhetoric has extra forex and impression than the substance of that paintings. This booklet brings again the spirit of daring, creative, even outrageous theorizing into philosophy, and encompasses a sequence of examples of it, venturing playfully into quantum mechanics and political thought, psychoanalysis and environmental ethics, philosophy of language and sociology, with none try out at `systematically laborious' those disparate fields yet really utilizing them as suggestive excuses and arenas for the exhibit of highbrow creativity. there are various echoes between many of the items, and among them and different works by means of an analogous writer; yet back those resonances are usually not systematized. the result's extra to be visible as a set of snapshots of an highbrow panorama than as a hierarchical regimentation of it.

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