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1. Objects and Things

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pp. 1-48

With a salutary distancing effect, I shall begin by presenting several texts of a literary nature, deliberately chosen from the remote past. These texts will help us understand the genesis of our habitual relationships with things by reviving our memory of the...

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2. Opening Up to the World

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pp. 49-90

We are surrounded by an innumerable variety of objects that saturate our daily existence and are waiting to be understood, depending upon where our interests lie. These objects have diverse physiognomies, and each one demands that it be considered singly...

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3. Living Nature

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pp. 91-116

An excellent example of how art not only maintains the secondary qualities of objects but also transforms them into things is found in still-life painting,¹ particularly in seventeenth-century Netherlandish art.²
In the art of the seventeenth- century Netherlandish masters...

Notes

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pp. 117-136