The Imperative

The Imperative

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... a more compelling reading of Kant than any I have ever seen." -David Farrell KrellIn this provocative book, Alphonso Lingis argues that not only our thought is governed by an imperative, as Kant had maintained, but, rather, our sensual, sensing, perceiving, and emotional life is continually regulated by imperatives that come to us from the world around us. Through a series of phenomenological sketches drawn from life experiences, Lingis shows that there are directives in the natural world and in our interactions with others that govern our thought and behavior.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 23 b&w photos, 3 figures
  • 0253212316
  • 9780253212313
  • 287,504

About Alphonso Lingis

Alphonso Lingis is Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. His publications include The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common, Abuses, and Foreign Bodies.show more

Table of contents

PrefacePart One. Directives 1. Nightwatch 2. The Elements 3. The Levels 4. The Intimate and the Alien 5. Things 6. Intimate and Alien Things 7. Action with Things 8. The Production of Purposes 9. The Pageantry of Things10. Phantom Equator11. The Reasons of the Heart12. Other Passions13. Face to Face14. Association15. Erotic Demands16. The Summons of Death17. The Death of Strangers18. The Walkabout19. Importance, Urgency, ImmediacyPart Two The Imperative20. Images of the Imperative21. The Theoretical and Practical Uses of Reason22. The Rational and the Requiredshow more

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"... a more compelling reading of Kant than any I have ever seen." - David Farrell Krellshow more

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