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The Sex Appeal of the Inorganic : Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers Series - Mario Perniola

The Sex Appeal of the Inorganic

Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers Series

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Published: 26th March 2004
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We live in a world where the one-time opposition between things and humans has been transformed, where the centre of the contemporary sensibility is the encounter between philosophy and sexuality, where sex extends well beyond both the act and the body. We live in a world where to be sexy is to ignore the distinctions between animate and inanimate objects of desire, where the aesthetics of sex are being revolutionized. An organic sexuality, based on sex difference and driven by desire and pleasure, is being replaced by a neutral, inorganic and artifical sexuality, a sexuality always available but indifferent to beauty, ago or form, a sexuality freed by thought from nature. The Sex Appeal of the Inorganic takes the reader on a radical, new tour of Western philosophy - from Descartes, Kant and Hegel to Heidegger, Wittgenstein and Sartre - to reframe our understanding of personal experience and the asthetic, to examine how, if we are to remember how to feel, we must become a thing who feeds, think ourselves closer to the inorganic world and move further from our bodies. Mario Perniola is Professor of Aesthetics and the University of Rome at Tor Vergata. Massimo Verdicchio, the translator, is Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Senses and Thingsp. 1
Sex Plateauxp. 2
God, Animal, Thingp. 4
Descartes and the Thing that Feelsp. 7
Becoming Extraneous Clothingp. 10
Exemplary Addictionsp. 14
Kant and the Spouse as Thingp. 18
Sadism and Sex Appeal of the Inorganicp. 21
Philosophical Cybersexp. 28
Kant and the Feeling of the Thing in itselfp. 37
Masochism and Sex Appeal of the Inorganicp. 41
Bodies as Clothingp. 45
Hegel and the Thing as 'not this'p. 50
Fetishism and Sex Appeal of the Inorganicp. 53
Hardcore Sonorityp. 65
Hegel and the Thing as 'also'p. 71
Vampirism and Sex Appeal of the Inorganicp. 76
Plastic Landscapesp. 83
Hegel and the Thing 'all of one piece'p. 92
Desire and Sex Appeal of the Inorganicp. 96
Overflowing Installationsp. 102
Heidegger and the Thing as Reliabilityp. 108
Division and Sex Appeal of the Inorganicp. 114
Inclusive Metawritingsp. 121
Wittgenstein and the Feeling of 'this thing'p. 127
Pleasure and Sex Appeal of the Inorganicp. 132
Perverse Performancep. 142
Notesp. 145
Index of Namesp. 146
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ISBN: 9780826462459
ISBN-10: 0826462456
Series: Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 147
Published: 26th March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 14.0 x 21.5  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1