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By Alphonso Lingis

Half travelogue, half meditation, Abuses is a daring exploration of crucial topics in Continental philosophy by means of the most passionate and unique thinkers in that culture writing today.A gripping list of wants, obsessions, our bodies, and areas skilled in far-off lands, Alphonso Lingis's e-book bargains at the very 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 turned now not my letters. i discovered myself in simple terms attempting to communicate for others, others greeted in basic terms with passionate kisses of parting."Ranging from the increased Inca castle 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 trade of overseas capitalism. Recalling the paintings of such writers as Graham Greene, Kathy Acker, and Georges Bataille, Abuses comprises impassioned bills of silence, eros and identification, torture and conflict, the chic, lust and pleasure, and human rituals surrounding carnival and loss of life that happened in the course of his trips to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Bali, the Philippines, Antarctica, and Latin the USA. A deeply unsettling ebook by way of a thinker of bizarre mind's eye, Abuses will entice readers who, like its writer, "may wish the enigmas and wish the discomfiture inside of oneself."

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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.

The leaf is the lung of the tree which is itself a lung, and the wind is its breathing,' Robinson thought. He pictured his own lungs growing outside himself like a blossoming of purple-tinted flesh, living polyparies of coral with pink membranes, sponges of human tissue. . [6] Lust is not a movement issuing from us and terminating in the other. It is the tree that draws Robinson, holds him, caresses his breath with its million fingers. [7] Lust of the sea, of the polyps liquefying the coral cliffs, of the rain dissolving the temples of Khajuraho, of the powdery gypsy moths disintegrating the oak forests, of the winter winds crystallizing the air across the windowpanes.

Bodies do not occupy their spot in space and time, filling it to capacity, such that their beauty would be statuesque.

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