9781472530318

Statues The Second Book of Foundations

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  • ISBN13:

    9781472530318

  • ISBN10:

    1472530314

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/12/2015
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

In this first English translation of one of his most important works, Michel Serres presents the statue as more than a static entity: for Serres it is the basis for knowledge, society, the subject and object, the world and experience. Serres demonstrates how sacrificial art founded and still persists in society and reflects on the centrality of death and the statufied dead body to the human condition.

Each section covers a different time period and statuary topic, ranging from four thousand years ago to 1986; from Baal, the paintings of Carpaccio, and the Eiffel Tower, to Rodin's The Gates of Hell, the Challenger disaster and the literature of Maupassant, La Fontaine and Jules Verne. Expository, lyrical, fictionalized and hallucinatory, Statues plays with time and place, history and story in order to provoke us into thinking in entirely new ways.

Through mythic and poetic meditations on various kinds of descent into the underworld and new insights into the relation of the subject and object and their foundation in death, Statues contains great treasures and provocations for philosophers, literary critics, art historians and sociologists.

Author Biography

Michel Serres is a Professor in the History of Science at Stanford University, USA and a member of the Académie Française. A renowned and popular philosopher, he is a prize-winning author of essays and books, such as The Five Senses, Genesis, and Biogée.

Table of Contents

1. THE ROCKET First Foundation
2. THE SHELL,THE CANNON SecondFoundation
3. DRIFTINGS IN THE CEMETERIES Space
4. FETISHES Time
5. THE GATES OF HELL Mass
6. THE EIFFEL TOWER Work
7. THREE SHORT STORIES BY MAUPASSANT:THE TIC The Senses
8. THE HAIR Object, Dead Body
9. BESIDE A DEAD MAN Dentures, Movement
10. THE BEAM Object, God
11. COSTUMES Solid
12. THE HAMMER Homo Faber
13. MAGDALENE AND LAZARUS Knowledge
14. RAPTURE Weight
15. EMPEDOCLES'S RETURN Fire
16. THE SECRET OF THE SPHINX Substitution
17. THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS Falling Bodies
18. ORPHEUS, LOT'S WIFE Sculpture, Music
19. THE STATUE OF HESTIA Epistemology
Index

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