By Alphonso Lingis
Half travelogue, half meditation, Abuses is a daring exploration of imperative topics in Continental philosophy by way of the most passionate and unique thinkers in that culture writing today.A gripping checklist of wants, obsessions, our bodies, and areas skilled in far-off lands, Alphonso Lingis's e-book deals at least a brand new method of philosophy--aesthetic and sympathetic--which departs from the phenomenology of Levinas and Merleau-Ponty. "These have been letters written to friends," Lingis writes, "from locations i discovered myself for months at a time, approximately encounters that moved me and stricken me. . . . those writings additionally grew to become not my letters. i discovered myself merely attempting to converse for others, others greeted in simple terms with passionate kisses of parting."Ranging from the increased Inca fortress of Machu Picchu, to the residing rooms of the Mexican elite, to the streets of Manila, Lingis recounts incidents of state-sponsored violence and the innovative incorporation of third-world peoples into the circuits of alternate of overseas capitalism. Recalling the paintings of such writers as Graham Greene, Kathy Acker, and Georges Bataille, Abuses comprises impassioned money owed of silence, eros and identification, torture and battle, the elegant, lust and pleasure, and human rituals surrounding carnival and dying that happened in the course of his trips to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Bali, the Philippines, Antarctica, and Latin the United States. A deeply unsettling e-book through a thinker of bizarre mind's eye, Abuses will entice readers who, like its writer, "may wish the enigmas and need the discomfiture inside oneself."
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The power to keep its secrets is the secret of its power. Secrecy can be a force that exalts and sanctifies ritual knowledge. It can function to maintain the identity and solidarity of a group. The secrecy of individuals can determine the division of labor. The power to deny access to knowledge can constitute certain individuals or groups into subordinates. Secrecy can be a force to maintain a friendship on a certain level and in a certain style; I may choose not to reveal what I did last night, not because I did anything that you should or would object to were I to explain the whole context, but because I choose to avoid a confrontational relationship with you, I value the affable and ingenuous tone of our interaction, where each of us spontaneously connects with what the other says.
But sometimes the extended time of society of itself disintegrates. Lust throws one convulsively to the other; its surges and relapses break through the time of transactions to ― 124 ― extend the time of transubstantiations. Shall we conceive of the transaction with representatives of self to function to postpone, control, exclude, suppress the surgings of lust? Theater, which represents transactions with representatives of self, represents society to itself, but also opens up a space of its own outside society.
I... ― 131 ― After the Sambódromo After the Sambódromo was written in Rio de Janeiro in 1993. Carnaval in Rio. In the Sambódromo, the great escolas de samba parade, dusk to dawn, for four nights. Each escola announces its arrival at the far end of the Sambódromo by first making the night pound and the stars dance with fireworks. The samba begins, the song is sung a cappella during the whole length of the time of the passage. Each escola consists of from two to five thousand dancers. They dance in massed groups, alas , separated by duos of banner-bearers doing intricate dances at speeds the eye cannot follow, enormous floats called alegorias , and passistas —mulatas on spike heels and men doing gymnastic feats.