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Reading Descartes Otherwise
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Reading Descartes Otherwise: Blind, Mad, Dreamy, and Bad

Kyoo Lee

Abstract

Focusing on the first four images of the Other mobilized in René Descartes’ Meditations—namely, the blind, the mad, the dreamy, and the bad—Reading Descartes Otherwise casts light on what have heretofore been the phenomenological shadows of “Cartesian rationality.” In doing so, it discovers dynamic signs of spectral alterity lodged both at the core and on the edges of modern Cartesian subjectivity. Calling for a Copernican reorientation of the very notion “Cartesianism,” the book's series of close, creatively critical readings of Descartes’ signature images brings the dramatic forces, moments, ... More

Keywords: Ambiguity, Blind, Descartes, René, Dream, Evil, Hyperbolic, Mad, Meditations, Postmodern, Skepticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823244843
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823244843.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kyoo Lee, author
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY