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Crossover QueriesDwelling with Negatives, Embodying Philosophy's Others$
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Edith Wyschogrod

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226061

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226061.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Crossover Queries

Edith Wyschogrod

Fordham University Press

This book explores the risks and ambiguities, and the unstable concatenations of contemporary thought as manifested in many and varied contexts—in the desire for transcendence and in meanings ascribed to corporeality, in critical dilemmas of ethical existence and in the status of philosophical inquiry itself—as expressions of negation loosely linked in a nexus of crossings. In the chapters that follow, philosophical accounts of expressions of the negative are seen as a complex of crossings, no one of which is designed to endure but which, taken together, sway in the manner of fragile, loosely linked ropes that connect efforts to overcome manifestations of the negative to claims about its irrevocability. The book considers four interrelated moments of negation as presupposed by the sections that organize the content of this work: inquiries into transcendence, meanings attributable to the body, an ethics of otherness, the comparison of philosophies, and the relation of art to ethics.

Keywords:   transcendence, corporeality, ethical existence, negation, crossings, art, ethics, otherness, body

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