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Crossover Queries
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Exploring the risks, ambiguities, and unstable conceptual worlds of contemporary thought, Crossover Queries brings together the wide-ranging writings, across twenty years, of one of our most important philosophers.Ranging from twentieth-century European philosophy-the thought of Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, Levinas, Janicaud, and others-to novels and artworks, music and dance, from traditional Jewish thought to Jain andBuddhist metaphysics, Wyschogrod's work opens radically new vistas while remaining mindful that the philosopher stands within and is responsible to a philosophical legacy conditioned by the negative.Rather than point to a Hegelian dialectic of overcoming negation or to a postmetaphysical exhaustion, Wyschogrod treats negative moments as opening novel spaces for thought. She probes both the desire for God and an ethics grounded in the interests of the other person, seeing these as moments both of crossing over and of negation. Alert to the catastrophes that have marked our times, she exposes the underlying logical structures of nihilatory forces that have been exerted to exterminate whole peoples. Analyzing the negationsof biological research and cultural images of mechanized and robotic bodies, she shows how they contest the body as lived in ordinary experience.Crossover Queries brings together important essays on a remarkable range of topics by one of our most insightful cultural critics. Commenting on philosophical and theological issues that have shaped the recent past as well as scientific and technological questions that will preoccupy us in the near future, Wyschogrod consistently alerts us to the urgency of problems whose importance few recognize. To avoid the challenge these essays pose is to avoid responsibility for a future that appears to be increasingly fragile.-Mark C. Taylor, Columbia University

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Crossover Queries
  2. p. v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I: God: Desiring the Infinite
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Chapter 1: Intending Transcendence
  2. pp. 13-28
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  1. Chapter 2: Corporeality and the Glory of the Infinite in the Philosophy of Levinas
  2. pp. 29-44
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  1. Chapter 3: Postmodern Saintliness
  2. pp. 45-60
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  1. Chapter 4: Levinas and Hillel’s Questions
  2. pp. 61-75
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  1. Chapter 5: Recontextualizing the Ontological Argument: A Lacanian Analysis
  2. pp. 76-92
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  1. Part II: Training Bodies: Pedagogies of Pain
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. Chapter 6: Asceticism as Willed Corporeality
  2. pp. 95-111
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  1. Chapter 7: Blind Man Seeing
  2. pp. 112-124
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  1. Chapter 8: The Howl of Oedipus, the Cry of He´loı¨se
  2. pp. 125-140
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  1. Chapter 9: From the Death of the Word to the Rise of the Image in the Choreography of Merce Cunningham
  2. pp. 141-154
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  1. Part III: Bodies: Subject or Code?
  2. pp. 155-156
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  1. Chapter 10: Empathy and Sympathy as Tactile Encounter
  2. pp. 157-172
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  1. Chapter 11: Levinas’s Other and the Culture of the Copy
  2. pp. 173-188
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  1. Chapter 12: From Neo-Platonism to Souls in Silico
  2. pp. 189-204
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  1. Part IV: Nihilation and the Ethics of Alterity
  2. pp. 205-206
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  1. Chapter 13: The Semantic Spaces of Terror
  2. pp. 207-221
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  1. Chapter 14: The Warring Logics of Genocide
  2. pp. 222-235
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  1. Chapter 15: Incursions of Alterity
  2. pp. 236-247
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  1. Chapter 16: Memory, History, Revelation
  2. pp. 248-262
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  1. Chapter 17: Exemplary Individuals
  2. pp. 263-280
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  1. Part V: Conversations
  2. pp. 281-282
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  1. Chapter 18: Interview with Emmanuel Levinas
  2. pp. 283-297
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  1. Chapter 19: Postmodernism and the Desire for God
  2. pp. 298-315
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  1. Chapter 20: Heterological History
  2. pp. 316-328
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  1. Part VI: The Art in Ethics
  2. pp. 329-330
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  1. Chapter 21: Between Swooners and Cynics
  2. pp. 331-344
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  1. Chapter 22: Facts, Fiction, Ficciones
  2. pp. 345-359
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  1. Chapter 23: Eating the Text, Defiling the Hands
  2. pp. 360-374
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  1. Chapter 24: Killing the Cat
  2. pp. 375-387
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  1. Chapter 25: The Art in Ethics
  2. pp. 388-402
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  1. Part VII: Comparing Philosophies
  2. pp. 403-404
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  1. Chapter 26: The Moral Self
  2. pp. 405-422
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  1. Chapter 27: Autochthony and Welcome
  2. pp. 423-431
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  1. Chapter 28: Time and Nonbeing in Derrida and Quine
  2. pp. 432-448
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  1. Chapter 29: The Logic of Artifactual Existents
  2. pp. 449-463
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  1. Chapter 30: The Mathematical Model in Plato and Some Surrogates in a Jain Theory of Knowledge
  2. pp. 464-473
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  1. Chapter 31: Soft Nominalism in Quine and the School of Dignaga
  2. pp. 474-487
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  1. Chapter 32: Fear of Primitives, Primitive Fears
  2. pp. 488-504
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 505-562
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 563-566
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