By Susan R. Bordo
The Flight to Objectivity offers a brand new examining of Descartes' Meditations proficient by way of cultural heritage, psychoanalytic and cognitive psychology, and feminist suggestion. It focuses no longer on Descartes' arguments as "timeless," culturally disembodied occasions, yet at the mental drama and imagery of the Meditations explored within the context of the old instability of the 17th century and deep old adjustments within the constitution of human experience.
The learn comprises textual and cultural fabric that jointly include a steadily unfolding psychocultural interpreting of the Meditations. Descartes' recognized doubt, and the appropriate of objectivity which conquered that doubt, are regarded as philosophical expressions of a cultural "drama of parturition" from the medieval universe, a strategy that generated new types of adventure, new cultural anxieties, and finally, new thoughts for keep watch over and mastery of an totally replaced and alien global. issues that determine prominently in contemporary literature on seventeenth-century philosophy and science--the beginning of the brain as "mirror of nature," and the "masculine" nature of recent technological know-how, the "death of nature"--are explored as regards to Descartes as a pivotal determine within the beginning of modernity.
"This is cultural heritage at its most sensible. the subject is of maximum philosophical and cultural significance. it is going to be a tremendous contribution to a feminist epistemology." -- Patrick Hill
"The e-book is an unique and inventive remedy of the Cartesian bequest. it really is good written, clever, and interesting in implication. the writer has a good grab of the mandatory texts and she or he has interwoven a chain of artistic and interesting subject matters, seldom if ever pursued in Cartesian stories. This ebook is within the culture of culturally interpretive works and may take its position one of the so much inventive reconstructions of the Cartesian era." -- John J. McDermott, unique Professor of Philosophy, Texas A & M college