Kyoo Lee, 2012
Blind, Mad, Dreamy, and Bad
"The effect is a revision of what
Cartesianism really means."
(Ref & Research Book News)
"Kyoo Lee's Reading Descartes Otherwise comes at a moment of revisionism in Descartes scholarship and her readings offer insightful alternative understandings of the "Father of Modernity" and "Cartesianism." Lee gives us a convincing portrait of Descartes as phenomenologist and, drawing on a host of post-structural theorists, illustrates the way his thought, so entrenched in the problems of dreams and madness, is not only distant from the caricature of Descartes that Lee wants to fight, but in fact puts Descartes right at home in our own philosophical age. Reading Descartes Otherwise makes a strong argument for fresh interpretations of the thinker and provides its readers with a slew of new questions and problems that point toward a reworked understanding of Descartes."
"Descartes has been associated with a project of establishing the ego’s separation from and sovereignty over its material environment, a project often held to be constitutive of modernity as well as its discontents. Kyoo Lee’s Reading Descartes Otherwise tries to free our understanding of modernity from this imaginary and reductive reading, which she calls the “Cartesian complex,” by presenting the voice of The Meditations as embodied, phenomenologically astute, and emerging from the interstices of his own repeated dreamlike thought experiments."
Ah, I "miss" the point. I really do. But you just Walk Away Renee. Please do. Personal thanks to Ariana for this brilliant reminder.
Before doing that, having seen something, Rene(e) should also say something or just ask, what's that "occasional gaffe"?
If in doubt, just like Descartes, think again, read again:
1) Closely, e.g., the endnote on the (con-fused/dualized) ID card(s) of "Huxley," Thomas or Aldous, part of "Reframing "Jeux Descartes"." This point, missable yes, does not seem to have been "missed" by a majority of "author, readers, and editors," however, although the author is solely responsible for playing this way.
2) Connectively, e.g., till the end of the book bookended by that very theme: a certain new "old boy" genealogy of Cartesian cogitation already under auto-deconstruction.
3) Broadly, e.g., "the practical, Spanish-Portuguese ego conquiro" (Enrique Dussel), neither Spanish-Portuguese per se nor "wobbly Latin," but rather an epochally-recast, critically-hybrid, generative concept central to European & Latin American philosophy, both historical and contemporary.
There are readers, and then there are readers who read. Thank-you to y'all.