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Marginalized by the scientific age the lessons of the senses have been overtaken by the dominance of language and the information revolution. With The Five Senses Serres 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 catalog it, is disappearing beneath the relentless accumulations of late capitalist society and information technology. Data has…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Marginalized by the scientific age the lessons of the senses have been overtaken by the dominance of language and the information revolution. With The Five Senses Serres 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 catalog 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? The book won the inaugural Prix Médicis Essai in 1985. The Revelations edition includes an introduction by Steven Connor.
  • Produktdetails
  • Bloomsbury Revelations
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Seitenzahl: 352
  • Erscheinungstermin: 20. Oktober 2016
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 216mm x 139mm x 32mm
  • Gewicht: 476g
  • ISBN-13: 9781474299640
  • ISBN-10: 1474299644
  • Artikelnr.: 44879894
Autorenporträt
Serres, Michel
Michel Serres is a Professor in the History of Science at Stanford University, USA and a member of the Académie Française, France. A renowned and popular philosopher, he is a prize-winning author of essays and books, such as The Five Senses (2008), Genesis (1995), and Biogée (2013).
Inhaltsangabe
Introduction, Steven Connor (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
1. Veils
2. Boxes
3. Tables
4. Visit
5. Joy
Index
Rezensionen
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