The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies

The Five Senses A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies Available for the first time in English Winner of the Prix M dicis Essai Marginalized by the scientific age with its metaphysical and philosophical systems the lessons of the senses have been overtak

  • Title: The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies
  • Author: Michel Serres
  • ISBN: 9780826459855
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • Available for the first time in English Winner of the Prix M dicis Essai Marginalized by the scientific age with its metaphysical and philosophical systems, the lessons of the senses have been overtaken by the dominance of language and the information revolution Exploring the deleterious effects of the systematic downgrading of the senses in Western philosophy, Michel SeAvailable for the first time in English Winner of the Prix M dicis Essai Marginalized by the scientific age with its metaphysical and philosophical systems, the lessons of the senses have been overtaken by the dominance of language and the information revolution Exploring the deleterious effects of the systematic downgrading of the senses in Western philosophy, Michel Serres a member of the Acad mie Fran aise and one of France s leading philosophers traces a topology of human perception Writing against the Cartesian tradition and in praise of empiricism, he demonstrates repeatedly, and lyrically, the sterility of systems of knowledge divorced from bodily experience The fragile empirical world, long resistant to our attempts to contain and catalog it, is disappearing beneath the relentless accumulations of late capitalist society and information technology Data has replaced sensory pleasure, we are less interested in the taste of a fine wine than in the description on the bottle s label What are we, and what do we really know, when we have forgotten that our senses can describe a taste accurately than language ever could

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    1. I confess that I don't always know what Serres is on about. His thought just keeps expanding -- seemingly outward, but then you notice the lattice work of internal connections building within -- into a complex philosophical poetry. It's a joy to read his work and marvel at what he comes up with, without feeling burdened to figure out a way to "use" it.

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