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The Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and Culture (SUNY Series in Philosophy)
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“The book is an original and imaginative treatment of the Cartesian bequest. It is well written, intelligent, and exciting in implication. The author has an excellent grasp of the necessary texts and she has interwoven a series of creative and fascinating themes, seldom if ever pursued in Cartesian studies. This book is in the tradition of culturally interpretive works and should take its place among the most imaginative reconstructions of the Cartesian era.” ― John J. McDermott, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Texas A & M University
About the Author
Susan R. Bordo is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Le Moyne College.
- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0887064116
- ISBN-13 : 978-0887064111
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.37 x 8.75 inches
- Publisher : State University of New York Press (July 1, 1987)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although one could say that this book is "feminist," Bordo does not suggest that any of this was part of a deliberate conspiracy by men to oppress women, nor does she ever veer into polemic. The split between masculine and feminine in Western culture is a deeply complicated issue, and Bordo does not simplify it or seek a scapegoat to blame.
She is a scholar, and this is not a "pop" book. Although I'm fairly well versed in Western philosophical thought, I frequently had to re-read passages to follow her argument. Fortunately she does offer a "lay person" summary of her key points from time to time. She has a good grasp of psychology and draws thought-provoking analogies between the stages a child passes through as it develops into a mature adult and the stages Western culture has gone and is going through. I came away with hope that we can yet learn how to value, integrate, and use ALL the ways of knowing that we innately have available to us.
Most people are quite unaware of the huge part that philosophy has played in forming the modern/postmodern culture we have today. This book provides a valuable explanation of the thinking of one of the most important of the modern philosophers, Descartes. The factors that influenced the incredible yet highly influential conclusions he reached are examined in a balanced way by the author. Descartes drew on and adapted thinking on the cosmology of the time, on Greek philosophy, on Renaisance and Reformation lines of thought, on thinking on issues of the human will, the soul and the body, etc. The book is not really an overview of his ideas; rather it is more a set of essays on these influencing factors, exploring the tracks Descartes went down in his quest for certainty.
The modern way of thinking that arose has had an immense effect on the way the whole world has developed over the last 400 years. The final chapter of the book focuses on one critical area: the unfortunate consequences on all that was and is regarded as the female, from mother nature to human womanhood.