Blind Date : Sex and Philosophy
Bringing sex and philosophy together on a blind date, Anne Dufourmantelle\u2019s provocative study uses this analogy to uncover and examine philosophy\u2019s blind spot. Delightful and startling comparisons spring from the date: both sex and philosophy are dangerous, both are socially subversive, and both are obsessions. Although sex and philosophy have much in common, however, they have scarcely known one another until now. Socrates and Diogenes had little to say about sex, and although it was notoriously explored by the Marquis de Sade, this study explains why philosophy has never been fully sexualized nor sex really philosophized. Blind Date highlights the marked deletion of sexual topics and themes from philosophical works, while also opening doors for their union. Inviting readers to remember that thought does not require repressed desire, Dufourmantelle argues that sex is everywhere, and it affects all kinds of thinking.
- Paperback | 144 pages
- 142.24 x 220.98 x 12.7mm | 226.8g
- 31 Dec 2007
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
"This wide-ranging, provocative book is partly philosophical, partly a literary evocation of the pleasures and difficulties of sex and of thinking."--Times Higher Education "And what if the paradox proposed by the philosophical life were precisely this: that underneath it all there is nothing to think but the body? The body as origin and space of thought, the body that imagines and loves, the body that lives and dies, the body that hopes and desires? But nothing to do with sex . . . Neither voluptuousness nor eroticism nor whispering . . . Sex will never come up. Not once. . . . Sex is the silent other of philosophy."--from "Two or three things we know about them..."
About Anne Dufourmantelle
Anne Dufourmantelle's books include (with Avital Ronell) Fighting Theory and (with Jacques Derrida) Of Hospitality. Catherine Porter is a professor emerita of French, SUNY Cortland.