By Alphonso Lingis
During this new ebook, the thinker and critic Alphonso Lingis extends a question that has occupied him all through his profession: how are we to appreciate the strangeness of bodies? Weaving jointly philosophy, psychoanalysis, and anthropology, Lingis explores how the physique may be extra richly understood by way of components. relocating from ethics to fetishism, from the features of genitals to the uniqueness of excellent activities, it is a detailed and thought-provoking publication.
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