By Kyoo Lee
Targeting the 1st 4 photographs of the opposite mobilized in Descartes' Meditations--namely, the blind, the mad, the dreamy, and the bad--Reading Descartes Otherwise casts mild on what have heretofore been the phenomenological shadows of "Cartesian rationality." In doing so, it discovers dynamic symptoms of spectral alterity lodged either on the middle and at the edges of contemporary Cartesian subjectivity.
Calling for a Copernican reorientation of the very idea "Cartesianism," the book's sequence of shut, creatively serious readings of Descartes' signature photographs brings the dramatic forces, moments, and scenes of the cogito into our personal modern second. the writer patiently unravels the knotted skeins of ambiguity which were spun inside of philosophical modernity out of such cliches as "Descartes, the summary sleek topic" and "Descartes, the daddy of contemporary philosophy"--a determine who's without delay in every single place and nowhere. within the procedure, she revitalizes and reframes the legacy of Cartesian modernity, in a much more conscious of its proto-phenomenological traces.