Dangerous Emotions by Alphonso Lingis

By Alphonso Lingis

Alphonso Lingis is an unique between American philosophers. An eloquent and insightful commentator on continental philosophers, he's additionally a phenomenologist who has long past to stay in lots of lands. harmful feelings keeps the road of inquiry began in Abuses, taking the reader to Easter Island, Japan, Java, and Brazil as Lingis poses a brand new variety of questions and brings his amazing descriptive talents to undergo on innocence and the love of crime, the relationships of attractiveness with lust and of pleasure with violence and violation. He explores the faith of animals, the strength in benefits and in curses. while the sector of labor and cause breaks down, and in catastrophic occasions we seize sight of cosmic time, our anxiousness is blended with excitement and ecstasy. greater than reputation of loss of life, can philosophy comprehend pleasure in loss of life? Haunting and brave, Lingis's writing has generated severe curiosity and debate between gender and cultural theorists in addition to philosophers, and risky feelings is sure to introduce his paintings to an ever broader circle of readers.

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Inside, their skin contains little marshes of algae, ocean plantlets of a species that has come to live only in them. The tentacles of the anemone place inside the orifice bits of floating nourishment, but the anemone cannot absorb them until they are first broken down by its inner algae garden. When did those algae cease to live in the open ocean and come to live inside sea anemones? Hermit crabs do not secrete shells for themselves but instead lodge their bodies in the shells they find vacated by the death of other crustaceans.

Our eyes are drawn to exemplary individuals. We are grateful for those who do what is right, even at cost to themselves. We perceive an inner force of conviction that prevents them from doing the wrong thing even if they would profit or obtain immediate gratification from doing it. We find assurance in the honest clerk at the cash register who returns the right change, including the extra ten-dollar bill we handed her. We even find assurance in the adolescent who pauses a moment to hold the door for us while his companions saunter on.

Under the gaze of the shark, your eyes entirely cease to be organs for observing, cease to be organs, become only surfaces on your nonfunctional anorganic plenum. Time extends in a motionless span, coming from nowhere, going nowhere. A tune is not launched by an advance representation of the final note, and its evolution is nowise purposive. Lingis_02 10/28/99 1:31 PM Page 34 34 Bestiality In singing a tune, or in patterning our finger movements through our hair into a kinetic melody, we are also not controlled by another movement.

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