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Irrevocable

A Philosophy of Mortality

Alphonso Lingis

Irrevocable

Alphonso Lingis

240 pages | 33 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226556932 Will Publish November 2018
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226556765 Will Publish November 2018
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780226557090 Will Publish November 2018
In his latest book, the prolific writer and thinker Alphonso Lingis brings interdisciplinarity and lyrical philosophizing to the weight of reality, the weight of things, and the weight of life itself. Drawing from philosophy, anthropology, psychology, religion, and science, Lingis seeks to uncover what in our reality escapes our attempts at measuring and categorizing. Writing as much from his own experiences and those of others as from his longstanding engagement with phenomenology and existentialism, Irrevocable studies the world in which shadows, reflections, halos, and reverberations count as much as the carpentry of things.
 
Whether describing religious art and ritual, suffering, war and disease, the pleasures of love, the wonders of nature, archaeological findings, surfing, volcanoes, or jellyfish, Lingis writes with equal measures of rigor and abandon about the vicissitudes of our practices and beliefs. Knowing that birth, the essential encounters in our lives, crippling diseases and accidents, and even death are all determined by chance, how do we recognize and understand such chance?  After facing tragedies, what makes it possible to live on while recognizing our irrevocable losses?
 
Lingis’s investigations are accompanied by his own vivid photographs from around the world. Balancing the local and the global, and ranging across vast expanses of culture and time, Irrevocable sounds the depths of both our passions and our impassioned bodies and minds.
Contents
Part I : Outside
Outside
The Weight of Reality
Doubles
Shadows
Part II : Chance
Cause, Choice, Chance
Part III : Passions
The Altiplano
Return of the First Person Singular
Aconcagua
Seduction
Truthfulness
Part IV : Belief
The Stone Axe
Angels with Guns
Belief
Performance
Voyage
Part V : Justice
The Future of Torture
Justice
The System
Truth in Reconciliation
Part VI : Irrevocable
The Babies in Trees
Mortality
Dignity
Irrevocable Loss
Part VII : Gratitude
Gratitude
Appendix: Philosophy’s Tasks
Notes
About the Photographs
Index
Review Quotes
Gabriele Schwab, University of California-Irvine
Irrevocable is an astounding new book that ranges across centuries, histories, cultures, and philosophical traditions. Its major achievement—and in this respect the work is absolutely unique—is that it presents philosophical thinking across vast scales of human history from prehistoric to future eons, including cosmological reflections that move through world religions. I consider Lingis to be one of the foremost philosophers writing today, even though and perhaps because he would not neatly fit into the canonical works of the discipline. Straddling the boundaries between philosophy, literature, anthropology, and memoir, his work generates its own genre.”
Cynthia Willett, Emory University
"In this rich and unique philosophical narrative, Alphonso Lingis recounts spiritual journeys from Incan Peru to the streets of Paris and Africa to Cambodia’s Truth and Reconciliation Trials. In conversation with Heidegger, he offers meditations on death, with Foucault on madness, with Nietzsche on extreme joy, and through phenomenology his thoughts on the paradoxes of time.  Autobiographical vignettes and the author’s photographs serve as testimony to a profoundly philosophical life."
David Wood, Vanderbilt University
"Alfonso Lingis has a singular presence in the pantheon of contemporary phenomenology. As a sparkling thinker of sensuousness, finitude, and excess (not to mention poet, photographer, and traveler) American philosophy would be an incomparably tamer landscape without him. Irrevocable: A Philosophy of Mortality bears passionate witness to being alive."
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