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IrrevocableA Philosophy of Mortality$
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Alphonso Lingis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556765

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.001.0001

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(p.17) Doubles

Alphonso Lingis

University of Chicago Press

Things engender doubles of themselves. They cast reflections and shadows of themselves on other things. Aural images of things move off them. The sonorous images of things, their cracklings, thumpings, and thuds link up to form rustlings, rolls, or din. Things react to these doubles; the moss flourishes in the shadow of the building, the grass lifts itself out of the imprint of the deer’s body. Things react to their doubles: bushes raise their flowers above their shadows. In practical handling and managing things we deal with their carpentry, which as it becomes familiar we attend to less and less. But so much of our pleasure in the world, pleasure in being in the world, is a pleasure in the glows, gleams, and halos about things, in the reflections and shadows things cast about themselves. Our gaze skips and sways with them, attracted and delighted by them. The shadows, reflections, halos, and reverberations of things also appeal to us, summon us, and order us.

Keywords:   shadows, halos, reflections, reverberations, pleasure

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