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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.75) Seduction

Alphonso Lingis

University of Chicago Press

It is not the meaning of the words but the specific properties of the voice—the timbre, resonance, overtones, intonations, melodic lines, rhythms—that makes vocalizations seductive. Most often the words are commonplace, unserious, insignificant, childish. Repetitions, puns, words indifferent to truth, without commitment. In the seductive voice and the seductive face that approaches in it the whole substance of the seducer is present. Seduction is sincere, like hunger and thirst are sincere. The seductive voice comes with a singular face and impassioned body localized here, in this volume, these surfaces and contours, these eyes, these soft lips, this hair, these wrinkles and moles, this breath, this smell. Nothing is so one’s own as one’s seductive voice.

Keywords:   meaning and tone, seduction, sincerity

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