The Lives of Things
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Like Foucault and Levinas before him, though in very different ways, Scott makes an oblique incision into phenomenology... [it is] the kind of book to which people dazed by the specters of nihilism will be referred by those in the know." -David Wood... refreshing and original." -Edward S. CaseyIn The Lives of Things, Charles E. Scott reconsiders our relationships with ordinary, everyday things and our capacity to engage them in their particularity. He takes up the Greek notion of phusis, or physicality, as a way to point out limitations in refined and commonplace views of nature and the body as well as a device to highlight the often overlooked lives of things that people encounter. Scott explores questions of unity, purpose, coherence, universality, and experiences of wonder and astonishment in connection with scientific fact and knowledge. He develops these themes with lightness and wit, ultimately articulating a new interpretation of the appearances of things that are beyond the reach of language and thought.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 157 x 236.2 x 15.5mm | 331.13g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1 index
  • 0253215145
  • 9780253215147

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. . . [T]his new work situates Scott (Pennsylvania State Univ.) as a leading American scholar in the Continental tradition. . . . Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty.February 2003 * Choice *show more

About Charles E. Scott

Charles E. Scott is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University. He is author of The Question of Ethics, On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Ethics in Politics (both published by Indiana University Press), and The Time of Memory.show more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: PrefacePart 1. Physicality 1. Facts and Astonishments2. What's the Matter with "Nature"?3. Phusis and Its GenerationsPart 2. Topics at "Nature's" Edge4. Physical Memories5. Starlight in the Face of the Other6. Physical Weight on the Edge of Appearing7. Lightness of Mind and Density8. Feeling, Transmission, Phusis: A Short Genealogy of "Immanence"9. Psalms, Poems, and Morals With Celestial Indifference10. The Phusis of Nihil: Sight and Generation of NihilismIndexshow more

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