Focusing on the first four images of the Other mobilized in Descartes’ Meditationsnamely, the blind, the mad, the dreamy, and the badReading Descartes Otherwise casts light on what have heretofore been the phenomenological shadows of “Cartesian rationality.” In doing so, it discovers dynamic signs of spectral alterity lodged both at the core and on the edges of modern Cartesian subjectivity.
Calling for a Copernican reorientation of the very notion “Cartesianism,” the book’s series of close, creatively critical readings of Descartes’ signature images brings the dramatic forces, moments, and scenes of the cogito into our own contemporary moment. The author patiently unravels the knotted skeins of ambiguity that have been spun within philosophical modernity out of such clichés as “Descartes, the abstract modern subject” and “Descartes, the father of modern philosophy”a figure who is at once everywhere and nowhere. In the process, she revitalizes and reframes the legacy of Cartesian modernity, in a way more mindful of its proto-phenomenological traces.
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About the Author
Kyoo Lee is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. She also teaches comparative literature and feminist theory at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Table of Contents
References and Abbreviations for the Works of Descartes ix
Preamble I If Descartes Remains Overread and Underexplored… 1
Preamble II Descartes Needs Rereading 6
A Stage Setup: Reframing "Jeux Descartes" 14
Scene 1 Blind Vision: A Photographic Touch 46
Scene 2 Elastic Madness: An Allegorical Comedy 83
Scene 3 Philopoetic Somnambulism: An Imaginary Freedom 116
Scene 4 Cornered Reflection: With and around an Evil Genius 149