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Introduction

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pp. 1-2

In the body's encounter with the gaze, even such a basic notion as identity can become blurred and elusive. In his "Auto-Icon; or, Farther Uses of the Dead to the Living," Jeremy Bentham writes: What resemblance, what painting, what statue of a human being can be so like him, as, in the character of an Auto-Icon, he...

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1. The God of the Transvestites

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pp. 3-14

One of the case studies in the famous Hippocratic Corpus, or, more precisely, the treatise entitled Airs, Waters, Places, attempts to explain an unusual malady called anandria, meaning literally unmanliness or want of manhood, which was widely spread among the Scythians, a nomadic...

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2. A Brief History of Insects

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pp. 15-24

What is it about insects that holds such fascination for philosophers? For Malebranche, it is the "smallness" of the insects that is "terrifying." l While their bodily mechanism is incomparably more complex and "perhaps more marvellous than...

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3. Before the First Sight

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pp. 25-42

For Lacan, love's most sublime moment occurs when the beloved enacts the metaphor of love, when he substitutes his position of the lover for that of the beloved object and starts to act in the same way the lover has so far acted. In short, it occurs when the beloved returns love by giving what he does not...

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4. The Rebellion of the Body

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pp. 43-68

A ccording to Malebranche, the mind is situated and, as it were, constantly torn between God and body. It is united to both God and body. Each of the mind's two unions is governed by its specific laws, the former by laws of the union of mind with God, or intelligible substance of universal Reason, and the latter by the laws of the union...

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5. Occasionalism and Madness

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pp. 69-94

According to Malebranche, ideas and sensations are not caused in our minds by bodies or sensible objects themselves, but rather by God, who in the presence of bodies affects our minds with the ideas of these bodies. When we look at a body, God affects our minds by means of the idea of this body...

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6. An Utterly Dark Spot

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pp. 95-120

Although his main interest was in moral and political philosophy and legislation, it is through the panopticon and the theory of fictions that Jeremy Bentham made his most powerful impact on modern thought. The panopticon was brought to the attention of the wider public in 1975 in Michel...

Notes

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pp. 121-134

Bibliography

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pp. 135-139