Combining phenomenology and psychoanalysis in highly innovative ways, this book seeks to undo the binary opposition between appearance and Being that. Year: ; Title: Kaja Silverman, World Spectators; Publisher: Stanford: Stanford University Press; Serie: New Series ; Document type: Book editing. World Spectators by Kaja Silverman. Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, CA, pp. ISBN: (trade), (paper). LEONARDO.

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The book has a remarkable clarity; Silverman makes the most complex argument seem like a perfectly natural, and wofld necessary, movement of thought. In an implicit challenge to poststructuralist thought, the author claims that this love is always in response to slectators call issued by the world—that the world has, as it were, a vocation: We must think of our own being-in-the world as a response to a primordial calling out to respond to this beauty.

We are, the author suggests, at the very core of our being, summoned to what she terms world spectatorship. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller spechators Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add both to Cart Add both to List. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

The Miracle of Analogy: Customers who bought this item also bought. Spectatogs 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Threshold of the Visible World. The Subject of Semiotics. Cultural Memory in the Present Paperback: Stanford University Press; 1 edition August 1, Language: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 2 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Please try again later. Breathe life into your unabridged dictionary, and let it spectatods life into you too. Help ensure a dpectators in which dictionaries are of value. For the right person, this is an absorbing, rewarding book.

World Spectators is a serious project. If there was anything funny in the book it certainly escaped me, although many of the short examples are light-hearted.

You will find, if you succeed in reading World Spectators from beginning to end, that it is filled with outlandish ideas about thought, language, sexuality and silvverman memories are formed, beauty, life, death, and how the world began. This characteristic of these ideas, namely that they are strange, is by itself a simple, natural, and sufficient reason to read World Spectators.


Certainly the topics addressed are basic to human symbolic life. So, wouldn’t that be another fine reason to pick up a copy? And the strange ideas are not necessarily those of the author, but can be found silberman Plato, the book of Genesis, the fundamental work of deSaussure, the writings of Heidegger and Arendt, and the well-promulgated thought of Sigmund Freud and the more-than-cryptic Jacques Lacan.

All are well worth reading, yet all of them are nearly inaccessible without an apprenticeship. Perhaps World Spectators is the next best thing? For each of these thinkers or lines of writing, if you will, inasmuch as ‘Genesis’ is not a thinker per se is engaged in making sense of what it means to Look. Or to be regarded. And all all these ‘lines’ are interested, perhaps fatally interested, in the question, what is a thing?

And they are all, in today’s terms, non scientific.

The accounts which Silverman recounts and examines, which she deftly and carefully silveman against each other in as authentic a way as she possibly can without a considerable amount of further study, I think that you and I have to trust her herethese accounts are not experimental, objectively verifiable in the scientific sense, nor predicted by theory. Is it bad that they’re not scientific? I’m still trying to figure out whether science makes a difference in this world, so casually is it discounted, disrespected, or simply disregarded.

So, what about insights? Just consider the term itself, “insight”. Doesn’t it imply a “seeing in” to something. Providing an opening into the interior, a line-of-sight through which a look can go. Remember Picasso’s erotic line drawings? Hundreds of lines drawn from man’s eye to woman’s body or from woman’s body to man’s eye.

The line goes in both directions. Objects see us too, an astonishing assertion, which Silverman presents herein, with substantial thought and support. Here are some chapter comments. It’s a re-thinking of the visual and social aspects of the famous story of Plato’s cave. There’s something really great about someone who thinks an example through on his or her own, from first principles. It’s not just an interpretation, a rendition, or a re-telling.

When you think something through, anew, you often get great clarity.

I’m sure this is why people are always saying that Kaja Silverman’s writing is so clear. If you were to buy this book and silveeman the first chapter alone, I think you would be delighted with your purchase. The book is the book of desire. In this book, to find out what means ‘eating the book’, you can turn to page We thus find ourselves in a position to do something we could not otherwise do: I very much liked the metaphor of the Milky Way as representing libidinous attention, but spectatora there wasn’t enough actual detail in the rest of the chapter to really lock on to the idea.


The Language of Things Ethics based on desire. People wish to see again that which they have seen before. This is presented as non obvious, and as fundamental. I think it is one of the fundamental insights I derived from reading this book.

Notes As usual, a gem in the endnotes: Heidegger’s notion of truth expressed in one sentence. This book may have a low sales rank,but silvsrman you think no one is reading World Spectators, I think you may have another think coming. Before I bought my own copy, I found a library copy of World Spectators, which was filled with avid underlining. Vertical lines signify important paragraphs. Key terms are circled.

There are marginal comments in at least 3 different illegible hands. Even the 18 pages of footnotes have many passages underlined. There have been many dedicated readers. Spectatots one diagram appears in islverman entire text of World Spectators, a series of boxes used by Freud to clarify the relationship between various parts of the preconscious and subconscious mind. New book, inexpensive, fast delivery.

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