9780253215147

The Lives of Things

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  • ISBN13:

    9780253215147

  • ISBN10:

    0253215145

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-05-01
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Summary

"Like Foucault and Levinas before him, though in very different ways, Scott makes an oblique incision into phenomenology... [it is] the kind of book to which people dazed by the specters of nihilism will be referred by those in the know." -- David Wood"... refreshing and original." -- Edward S. CaseyIn The Lives of Things, Charles E. Scott reconsiders our relationships with ordinary, everyday things and our capacity to engage them in their particularity. He takes up the Greek notion of phusis, or physicality, as a way to point out limitations in refined and commonplace views of nature and the body as well as a device to highlight the often overlooked lives of things that people encounter. Scott explores questions of unity, purpose, coherence, universality, and experiences of wonder and astonishment in connection with scientific fact and knowledge. He develops these themes with lightness and wit, ultimately articulating a new interpretation of the appearances of things that are beyond the reach of language and thought.

Author Biography

Charles E. Scott is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University. He is author of The Question of Ethics, On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Ethics in Politics (both published by Indiana University Press), and The Time of Memory.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part I PHYSICALITY
Facts and Astonishments
3(19)
What's the Matter with ``Nature''?
22(32)
Phusis and Its Generations
54(31)
Part II TOPICS AT ``NATURE'S'' EDGE
Physical Memories
85(14)
Starlight in the Face of the Other
99(14)
Physical Weight on the Edge of Appearing
113(12)
Lightness of Mind and Density
125(19)
Feeling, Transmission, Phusis: A Short Genealogy of ``Immanence''
144(31)
Psalms, Poems, and Morals with Celestial Indifference
175(9)
The Phusis of Nihil: The Sight and Generation of Nihilism
184(11)
Index 195

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