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Thoughts and Things

Leo Bersani


The essays in this book treat the question of connectedness: of how the human subject connects or fails to connect to other human subjects and the nonhuman world. Productive relations with the world – with otherness in general – have been thwarted by the major current in Western thought emphasizing the disjunction between the thinking self and the world. Notable exemplifications of this tendency are the Cartesian assumption of an ontological gap between mind and non-mind, and the psychoanalytic argument for the external world’s foreignness (and always potential hostility) to the human subject. ... More

Keywords: connectedness, dualism of being, exchange with world, otherness, undivided mind, cosmology, cosmic oneness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226206059
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226206196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leo Bersani, author
University of California, Berkeley

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