Engages the myriad dimensions of Night in order to explore the human experience of the after-dark.
This short book engages the myriad dimensions of Night, through ancient rituals, medieval storytelling, modern philosophy, and futuristic images, in order to explore the human experience of the after-dark. It thereby tracks Night through the prisms of its most fascinating practitioners: namely, those who keep strange hours and navigate the various potentialities of nocturnal experience (both of terror and enchantment). The Thief’s Night; The Runaway’s Night; The Drunkard’s Night; The Insomniac’s Night; The Revolutionary’s Night; The Lunatic’s Night; The Sorcerer’s Night. Undoubtedly, each of these conceptual figures provides a unique gateway into understanding the powerful sensorial effects of evening, as well as its vast connections to larger questions of time, space, fear, nothingness, desire, death, forgetting, vision, secrecy, criminality, monstrosity, and the body.
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I have read two of the author’s books prior to reading this and I find the latter very much in keeping with his remarkable voice and almost sui generis approach to and retrieval of contemporary non-western thought. Mohaghegh challenges the prevailing contours of philosophy, creatively and philosophically rethinking not only what matters to philosophy but also how philosophy can matter. ~ Jason Wirth, Professor of Philosophy, Seattle University
Night emerges as an intellectually unique and methodologically courageous work...Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh's stylistic and methodological novelty is a great advantage, for it gives the reader the chaotic and multidimensional universe of culture, and increasingly the world in which live. It gives us not a clear and transparent unity, a structure, but an ever-changing, fractal cosmos, and invites the reader to follow the trace of the affect in the everyday. ~ Mahmut Mutman, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Tampere