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Leo Bersani

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226206059

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226206196.001.0001

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Thoughts and Things

Leo Bersani

University of Chicago Press

Cosmologists argue for the persistence in our bodies of atoms from stars that exploded millions of years ago. We belong to a cosmic as well as to a human community of correspondences. In very different contexts, Plato, medieval Islamic philosophy, and Proust propose a limitless and mobile oneness of being. A discussion of Freud’s theory of the drive seeks to establish the continuity of mind and matter, and to suggest how the body thinks.

Keywords:   cosmology, Plato, Marcel Proust, oneness of being, the Freudian drive, body and mind

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