Alphonso Lingis and Existential Genealogy
The first book-length study of the work of Alphonso Lingis' philosophical works.
What is philosophy? Is philosophy an academic discipline that produces arguments and theories, or is philosophy also about understanding the world through stories, metaphors, analogies, ambience, and even through feelings?
Alphonso Lingis approaches philosophy the way a travel writer approaches a strange new land, with his eyes open and with a conscious desire for experience. Using the genealogical approach of Nietzsche and Foucault, his work continues the phenomenological tradition.
Alexander E. Hooke's Alphonso Lingis and Existential Genealogy is the first book-length study of Lingis' philosophical works.
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Alphonso Lingis has been so far ahead of the intellectual curve that he has received less than his share of attention in orthodox philosophy. Alex Hooke closes that temporal deficit. This is a compelling and absorbing book that will more than repay the time it takes to dwell in and with it. A timely and exceptional study. ~ William E. Connolly, author of Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and The Politics of Swarming
Professor Hooke’s existential genealogy expands Alphonso Lingis’s doctrine of the motility of thought, imperatively deepening Husserl’s battle cry - ”back to the things themselves” - to “back to the sensations themselves,” which move and affect our thought. With his own teleological insights into collaboration that extend Lingis’s theme of symbiosis, Hooke offers us a compelling collaboration with Lingis throughout. ~ Randolph Wheeler, editor of Passion in Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Alphonso Lingis
Alexander Hooke has given us a quite personal introduction to Alphonso Lingis’s vast body of work. Drawing on decades of familiarity and time spent in the Lingis corpus, Hooke leads the reader directly into Lingis’s milieu like only a close companion can. He never leaves readers to wander on their own, however. Just the opposite. Under the rubric of “existential genealogy,” Hooke has provided readers with a roadmap with which to navigate the output of one of the most engaging and original interdisciplinary thinkers of the last half century. ~ Tom Sparrow, editor of The Lingis Reader