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By John Foley

ISBN-10: 1317492714

ISBN-13: 9781317492719

Adopting an interdisciplinary method, encompassing philosophy, literature, politics and historical past, John Foley examines the complete breadth of Camus' principles to supply a complete and rigorous examine of his political and philosophical proposal and an important contribution to a number of debates present in Camus examine. Foley argues that the coherence of Camus' proposal can top be understood via an intensive realizing of the suggestions of 'the absurd' and 'revolt' in addition to the relation among them. This booklet features a special dialogue of Camus' writings for the newspaper Combat, a scientific research of Camus' dialogue of the ethical legitimacy of political violence and terrorism, a reassessment of the present postcolonial critique of Camus' humanism, and a sustained research of Camus' most crucial and regularly overlooked paintings, L'Homme révolté (The Rebel).

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In becoming a man, Marie/Germain takes on a particular body language that ultimately produces the biological sign of maleness. If gender is actively chosen, then sexuality is passively received as the fatal consequence of thinking difference. In another example that precedes the Marie/Germain story, Montaigne quotes a line from Ovid’s Metamorphoses (IX, 793) that refers to the topos of sexual transformation, suggesting the imagination’s preoccupation with sex. This line is the conclusion to the tale about a young girl who was born a female and raised as a boy in order to prevent her father from killing her.

Despite the presence of the beard, the man’s body becomes the locus of a lack that leaves no selfdetermined masculinity in place. This split in the self demonstrates that the question of gender is not solely bound up with the question of sexuality. If identity does not stem from the biologically given ( what is considered “natural”), then one may infer that biology is clearly not destiny. Here the concept of the monster (derived from the word monere, to portend) loses its prognosticating capacities since what we see (that which is visually absent) does not necessarily represent what we get (desire).

9 Paré’s so-called clinical observations are physiologically rooted and independent of the performance of gender; sex changes, contingent on the outward movement of the concealed member, depend on bodily heat for their appearance. Of prime importance here is the way in which Paré views sex. Firmly rooted in an androcentric tradition dating back to Greek antiquity, his case study confirms the belief in an archetypal body, with men being more capable of realizing perfection. indb 41 4/17/09 9:41:20 AM 42 M O N ST E R T H E O RY Montaigne proceeds otherwise by adding a moral injunction to the denouement of Paré’s story.

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