Textures of Light: Vision and Touch in Irigaray, Levinas and Merleau Ponty

Textures of Light: Vision and Touch in Irigaray, Levinas and Merleau Ponty

Paperback Warwick Studies in European Philosophy

By (author) Cathryn Vasseleu


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 232mm x 16mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415142741
  • ISBN 13: 9780415142748
  • Edition: 2
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 423,530

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Textures of Light draws on the work of Luce Irigaray, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Emmanuel Levinas to present an outstanding and ground breaking study of the vital importance of light in Western thought. Since Plato's allegory of the cave, light and the role of sight have been accorded a unique position in Western thought. They have stood as a metaphor for truth and objectivity and the very axis of modern rationalism. More recently however, this status has come under significant criticism from continental and feminist thought which has stressed the privileging of subjectivity and masculinity in such a metaphor.

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"An original, sophisticated and nuanced contribution to feminist theory and Irigaray scholarship. An outstanding contribution is also made to reading Merleau-Ponty and Levinas in a way that adds a fascinating perspective to their standard interpreters."-Tina Chanter, Brown University "A strikingly original reading of Luce Irigaray's meditations on sight."-Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley

Table of contents

Acknowledgements TRUE LIGHT 1. Introduction CARNAL LIGHT 2. Introductory comments 3. Living Flesh 4. Vision in the Flesh 5. Touching Flesh PERVERSE LIGHT 6. Introductory comments 7. Scintillating Lighting 8. The Lightness of Touch 9. Illuminating Passion EROTIC LIGHT 10. Conclusion Notes References Index