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Five Senses A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies

by Michel Serres, Margaret Sankey, Peter Cowley

Part of the Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers S. Series

Five Senses A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies Synopsis

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 member of the Acad mie franaise 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 catalogue 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 more accurately than language ever could.

Five Senses A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies Press Reviews

Finding a voice that is brilliantly sustained, warm and assured, Margaret Sankey and Peter Cowley meet the challenges of Serres' shifts of register between prose poetry and high-frequency allusions to philosophy and the sciences and literature classical and modern. - Max Deutscher, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Macquarie University, Australia 'Some may claim that Serres's works are impossible to translate due to their complex word play, neologisms and erratic style. Despite this, Margaret Sankey and Peter Cowley should be commended for their mammoth efforts and superb translation.'--Sanford Lakoff ... Every page is alive with rich descriptions of feeling, sensing, apprehending, engaging, living... this translation, like all of Serres' work that we have in English, is a banquet, a feast for thought...--Sanford Lakoff

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826459855
Publication date: 11th December 2008
Author: Michel Serres, Margaret Sankey, Peter Cowley
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 364 pages
Categories: Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology,

About Michel Serres, Margaret Sankey, Peter Cowley

Michel Serres is Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University, USA. Margaret Sankey is the McCaughey Professor of French Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and joint translator of The Anthropological Structures of the Imaginary by the French sociologist Gilbert Durand. Peter Cowley lectures in French Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he is also Director of Translation Studies.

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