By Alphonso Lingis
Alphonso Lingis is an unique between American philosophers. An eloquent and insightful commentator on continental philosophers, he's additionally a phenomenologist who has long past to dwell in lots of lands. harmful feelings keeps the road of inquiry all started in Abuses, taking the reader to Easter Island, Japan, Java, and Brazil as Lingis poses a brand new variety of questions and brings his remarkable descriptive talents to endure on innocence and the love of crime, the relationships of attractiveness with lust and of pleasure with violence and violation. He explores the faith of animals, the strength in benefits and in curses. whilst the sector of labor and cause breaks down, and in catastrophic occasions we capture sight of cosmic time, our nervousness is blended with pleasure and ecstasy. greater than reputation of loss of life, can philosophy comprehend pleasure in death? Haunting and brave, Lingis's writing has generated excessive curiosity and debate between gender and cultural theorists in addition to philosophers, and harmful feelings is sure to introduce his paintings to an ever broader circle of readers.
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The ceremonies and etiquette with which courtship was elaborated in the palaces of the Sun King were not more ritualized than the courtship of Emperor penguins in Antarctica, the codes of chivalry in medieval Provence not more idealized than the spring rituals of impalas in the East African savannah, the rites of seduction of geishas in old Kyoto not more refined than those of black-neck cranes in moonlit marshes. Humans have from earliest times made themselves erotically alluring by grafting upon themselves the splendors of the other animals, the filmy plumes of ostriches, the secret luster of mother-of-pearl oysters, the springtime gleam of fox fur.
Hermit crabs do not secrete shells for themselves but instead lodge their bodies in the shells they find vacated by the death of other crustaceans. The shells of one species of hermit crab are covered with a species of sea anemone. The tentacles of the sea anemones grab the scraps the crab tears loose when it eats. The sea anemones protect the crab from predator octopods, which are very sensitive to sea anemone stings. When the hermit crab outgrows its shell, it locates another empty one. The sea anemones then leave the old shell and go to attach themselves onto the new one.
Human infants are tedious at table, picking at their food, playing with it, distracted from it; they pick up voracity from the puppy absorbed with total Zen attentiveness at his dish. They come to feel curiosity with a white mouse poking about the papers and ballpoints on their father’s desk. Their first heavy toddling shifts into tripping with the robins hopping across the lawn. They come to feel buoyancy in the midst of the park pigeons shifting so effortlessly from ground to layers of sundrenched air.