Sensible Life

Sensible Life : A Micro-ontology of the Image

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We like to imagine ourselves as rational beings who think and speak, yet to live means first and foremost to look, taste, feel, or smell the world around us. But sensibility is not just a faculty: We are sensible objects both to ourselves and to others, and our life is through and through a sensible life.

This book, now translated into five languages, rehabilitates sensible existence from its marginalization at the hands of modern philosophy, theology, and politics. Coccia begins by defining the ontological status of images. Not just an internal modification of our consciousness, an image has an intermediate ontological status that differs from that of objects or subjects. The book's second part explores our interactions with images in dream, fashion, and biological facts like growth and generation. Our life, Coccia argues, is the life of images.
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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0823267423
  • 9780823267422
  • 845,397

Table of contents

I. Sensible Life II. Man and Animal III. Intentional Species Part I. Physics of the Sensible IV. The World of the Sensible V. Intermediaries VI. Mirrors VII. The Place of the Images VIII. The Image in the Mirror IX. Micro-ontology X. Transparency XI. The Multiplication of the Real XII. The Primacy of the Sensible XIII. Natural Theater XIV. The Unity of the World Part II. Anthropology of the Sensible XV. "Vita Activa XVI. Transforming Spirit into Sensation XVII. Medial Existence XVIII. Intentional Projections XIX. Becoming What One Sees XX. Losing Oneself in Images XXI. Dream XXII. The "Intrabody" XXIII. Being Constantly Elsewhere XXIV. Seeds XXV. Influences XXVI. On the Surface of the Skin XXVII. Metaphysics of Clothing XXVIII. Fashion XXIX. Making the World Our Skin XXX. The Body of Clothing XXXI. "Ethos" XXXII. Living in Images Notes
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"What Emanuele Coccia has done in Sensible Life is to create a path through which I might imagine myself-and all of us-richly obliged in the nature of the image, open to encounters that are not only of the material world, encounters that resonate as a whole that exists between the material, dematerial, psychological, and sociological spaces of things. Through Sensible Life, I partake in both the world I am in and the world I can see, whether in my mind, in my dreams, or on a glass slide. I want to do more with the layers of the world, more with the possibility of things manifested in my work." -- -Theaster Gates La vita sensibile (2011) is Emanuele Coccia's first book to be translated

into English. Rendered as Sensible Life: a micro-ontology of the image, it comes with an insightful prologue by Kevin

Attell, and it belongs to the excellent "Commonalities" series edited by

Timothy Campbell....Sensible Life is not a book about the ontology of the image in the pictorial or phenomenological sense, but an investigation into the metaxy of existence and being in the world. -- -Gerardo Munoz * Infrapolitical Deconstruction Initiative *
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About Emanuele Coccia

Emanuele Coccia is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the EHESS in Paris. He is the author of Sensible Life: A Micro-Ontology of the Image. With Giorgio Agamben, he is editor of a comprehensive anthology of texts on angels across the Abrahamic traditions. Scott Alan Stuart teaches English at the Scuola Italiana Design in Padua and at the University of Padua. KEVIN ATTELL is Associate Professor of English at Cornell University. He is the translator of The Open: Man and Animal and State of Exception and co-translator of The Signature of All Things by Giorgio Agamben.
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