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FlirtationsRhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction$
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Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Barbara Natalie Nagel, and Lauren Shizuko Stone

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264896

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264896.001.0001

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The Art of Flirtation

The Art of Flirtation

Simmel’s Coquetry Without End

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(p.19) The Art of Flirtation
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Flirtations
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Paul Fleming

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264896.003.0003

This chapter opens the dialogue of flirtations by offering six theses that draw extensively from and play on Georg Simmel's attempt to situate flirtation this side (the playful, artistic, sociable side) of seduction, followed by a caveat from the other side. It demonstrates how Simmel borrows from the philosophical tradition (Aristotle, Kant) and puts him into dialogue with twentieth-century thinkers (Freud, Heidegger, Adorno, Barthes, and Luhmann). It addresses flirtation in Simmel as a gestural mode, to be distinguished from the explicit discursivity of love as discussed by Barthes or Luhmann. The six theses are: seduction may be an art, but only flirtation is art; love has its discourse; flirtation has its gestures; flirtation offers a unique mode of mitsein; flirtation is an advanced version of fort-da; flirtation is permanent extradecisionism; and flirtation is out of time.

Keywords:   Georg Simmel, flirtation, Sigmund Freud, coquetry, sociability, Martin Heidegger, Theodor Adorno, Roland Barthes, Niklas Luhmann

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