Judith Butler Senses of the Subject

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Senses of the Subject

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This book brings together a group of Judith Butler’s philosophical essays written over two decades that elaborate her reflections on the roles of the passions in subject formation through an engagement with Hegel, Kierkegaard, Descartes, Spinoza, Malebranche, Merleau-Ponty, Freud, Irigaray, and Fanon. Drawing on her early work on Hegelian desire and her subsequent reflections on the psychic life of power and the possibility of self-narration, this book considers how passions such as desire, rage, love, and grief are bound up with becoming a subject within specific historical fields of power.

Butler shows in different philosophical contexts how the self that seeks to make itself finds itself already affected and formed against its will by social and discursive powers. And yet, agency and action are not necessarily nullified by this primary impingement. Primary sense impressions register this dual situation of being acted on and acting, countering the idea that acting requires one to overcome the situation of being affected by others and the linguistic and social world. This dual structure of sense sheds light on the desire to live, the practice and peril of grieving, embodied resistance, love, and modes of enthrallment and dispossession. Working with theories of embodiment, desire, and relationality in conversation with philosophers as diverse as Hegel, Spinoza, Descartes, Merleau-Ponty, Freud, and Fanon, Butler reanimates and revises her basic propositions concerning the constitution and deconstitution of the subject within fields of power, taking up key issues of gender, sexuality, and race in several analyses. Taken together, these essays track the development of Butler’s embodied account of ethical relations.

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About the Author:

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature and Critical Theory at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of The Psychic Life of Power (1997), Antigone’s Claim (2000), Giving an Account of Oneself (2005), Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012), and Senses of the Subject (2015). She works in the fields of feminist and queer theory, European philosophy, social theory, and ethics.

Review:

“Judith Butler’s reading of major works on the construction of the subject, ranging from Descartes and Spinoza to Irigaray and Fanon, intertwines three projects, which prove intimately related: a symptomatic reading of texts, where the materiality of their writing reveals a permanent uncertainty about the “sovereignty” or “autonomy” that they claim; a phenomenology of the affective “third substance” which, being neither mind nor body, must also encroach on both; and a critique of normative ontological binarisms which, in particular, confuse sexual otherness with a difference of given places. In this account of the latent “sensible” mover of metaphysics, she also gives an account of herself as incarnated thinker, beautifully complex and inventive. Her book will generate admiration and continuous reflection.” (―Étienne Balibar author of Equaliberty)

“Senses of the Subject is eclectic without being reductive; voracious in its juxtapositions but tender enough to separate out the points of convergence and divergence between various theoretical discourses.” (―Symploke)

“...the essays in Senses of the Subject are also elegant, often powerful reminders of the impressive range of Butler’s engagement with the philosophical tradition.” (―Women’s Review of Books)

"With this inspiring book--simultaneously a philosophical dispossession of philosophy, a paean to sensation and an affirmation of the 'radically impossible venture' of ethics and politics--[Butler] edges towards a palpable, outward-looking alternative to philosophical chest beating." (―Times Higher Education)

"In this exceptional collection, Judith Butler displays the unusually vivid, even startling insight that makes her indisputably the world’s most interesting contemporary philosopher. These lucid essays climb in and out of the me, the her, the you, dream and reality, subject, object, nature and the preternatural, meaning and its deadly discontents. Butler wrestles the narratives of embodiment into language that lives." (―Patricia J. Williams Columbia Law School)

“Butler concludes the Introduction to this book thus: ‘Acted on, I act still, but it is hardly this “I” that acts alone, and even though, and precisely because, it never gets done with being undone.’ In these eloquent, passionately dialectical, and vertiginous essays, Butler relentlessly tracks our being undone by others, by language, by things, by institutions, and by the normative formations that hold us upright beyond our standing upright in the writings of, among others, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel, Merleau Ponty, Irigaray, and Fanon. This is echt Butler: a necessity for those who already know her work, and a generous point of entry for those philosophers who have yet to find their way to her thought.” (―J. M. Bernstein The New School for Social Research)

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Descrizione libro Fordham University Press. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Paperback. 208 pages. This book brings together several of Judith Butlers philosophical essays that continue and elaborate her reflections on subject formation. Departing from her early work on Hegels Phenomenology of Spirit, this book seeks to understand how the senses that take form as passion, desire, rage, and grief are formed, but also how they enter into, and are transformed by, the ongoing historical formation of the subject. Countering an idea that the subject posits itself in a purely voluntary way, Butler shows how the task of self-formation always takes place within a social and discursive world that institutes and acts upon the subject. Primary sense impressions register this dual situation of being acted on and acting. Working with philosophers as diverse as Hegel, Fanon, Freud, Merleau-Ponty, and Spinoza, and engaging questions of social embodiment such as race, sex, and sexuality, Butler returns and reanimates her basic propositions concerning the constitution and deconstitution of the subject within fields of power. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Codice libro della libreria 9780823264674

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