Thoughts and Things
Thoughts and Things posits what would appear to be an irreducible gap between our thoughts (the human subject) and things (the world). Bersani departs from his psychoanalytic convictions to speculate on the oneness of being—of our intrinsic connectedness to the other that is at once external and internal to us. He addresses the problem of formulating ways to consider the undivided mind, drawing on various sources, from Descartes to cosmology, Freud, and Genet and succeeds brilliantly in diagramming new forms as well as radical failures of connectedness. Ambitious, original, and eloquent, Thoughts and Things will be of interest to scholars in philosophy, film, literature, and beyond.
1. Father Knows Best
3. “Ardent Masturbation” (Descartes, Freud, Proust, et al.)
4. “I Can Dream, Can’t I?”
5. Far Out
6. Being and Notness
“Bersani offers essays dealing with the metaphysical question of relations: of authors to their readers, of authors to other authors, of the mind to the body, of citizens to the state, of gender to personal identity, and so on. . . . Decidedly non-analytic in its approach, Bersani’s argument rests principally on analyses of films and literary works: Claire Denis’s film Beau travail, Jean Genet’s novel Our Lady of the Flowers, Pierre Bergounioux’s book La Casse, to name just three. It is certainly an interesting approach to a traditional problem, perhaps not an approach that will appeal to Anglo-American philosophers but one that will likely interest Continental philosophers and those working in film theory, gender studies, and related disciplines in English studies. Recommended.”