"The foremost thinker of the repressed conditions of knowledge, Avital Ronell, with the Nietzschean audacity characteristic of her thought, probes the philosophical no-man's land of stupidity." -- Jean-Luc Nancy, author of The Sense of the World "[An] energetic book ... [Ronell's] fifth and perhaps most accomplished... Stupidity as Ronell understands it is a kind of black hole devouring the light of rationality itself." -- Jonathan Re, Times Literary Supplement "In the face of the Enlightenment, stupidity disrupts, disturbs, or dissents... Disrupt, disturb, and dissent -- that is just what Ronell means to do in this book." -- Edward Rothstein, New York Times "[Ronell] proves herself yet again to be one of the most original and exciting of contemporary critics... If you at all suspect that you might be intelligent, do not avoid Stupidity -- embrace it." -- Choice "Stupidity is remarkable in its ability to connect and co-articulate questions of Western literature and philosophy in a language that is original, moving, and exact." --differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies
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"The foremost thinker of the repressed conditions of knowledge, Avital Ronell, with the Nietzschean audacity characteristic of her thought, probes the philosophical no-man's land of stupidity. With dazzling readings of Musil, Schlegel, Dostoevsky, and Wordsworth, Ronell conjures a figure of non-knowledge whose sovereign failures of cognition constitute a radical challenge to the philosophical, political and ethical premises of the discourses of modernity." -- Jean-Luc Nancy, author of The Sense of the World "Avital Ronell has dared to approach a topic that effectively undoes any knowing or analytic posture, even any questioning stance. Advancing in full awareness of her vulnerability (and demonstrating constantly how this vulnerability exceeds awareness), she confronts the philosophical, psychosomatic, and ethico-political effects of her non-object through brilliant readings of a host of writers for whom stupidity (or idiocy) has become a haunting obsession or a kind of ambiguous promise. And throughout this process, she pursues a stunning meditation on the act of writing itself." -- Christopher Fynsk, author of Infant Figures: The Death of the Infans and other Scenes of Origin
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