Monday, July 19, 2010

Affective salience which our bodies bear may not be available to reflective scrutiny

In terms of the history of western philosophy, the philosophy of embodiment is relatively recent. For much of this history the body has been conceptualised as simply one biological object among others, part of a biological nature which our rational faculties set us apart from, as well as an instrument to be directed and a possible source of disruption to be controlled. Problematically for feminists, the opposition between mind and body has also been correlated with an opposition between male and female, with the female regarded as enmeshed in her bodily existence in a way that makes attainment of rationality questionable. “Women are somehow more biological, more corporeal, and more natural than men” (Grosz 14). Such enmeshment in corporeality was also attributed to colonised bodies and those attributed to the lower classes (McClintock 1995, Alcoff 2006, 103). Challenging such assumptions required feminists to confront corporeality in order to elucidate and confront constructions of sexual difference. via Feminist Perspectives on the Body (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Gratton on Stiegler from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek (Graham Harman)

If you were inventing a Zizek simulator on the web, one of the obvious tricks would be to choose a random cliché and somehow reverse it. Throwing in film references at unexpected times would be another obvious trick, as would quoting either Hegel or Lacan as an authority on just about anything. In fact, why hasn’t someone tried this yet– a Zizek simulator?

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