Professing Philosophy @ CUNY
06/06/14 Naropa U
04/29/14 Meiji U
[Spring 2015]Q, a.k.a. Kyoo Lee, author of Reading Descartes Otherwise: Blind, Mad, Dreamy, and Bad (2012, Fordham UP), and co-editor of Women’s Studies Quarterly on “Safe” Issue (2011, The Feminist Press) and Critical Philosophy of Race on “Xenophobia & Racism” Issue (2014, Penn State UP), currently works as a philosophy professor at the City University of New York, where she teaches a wide range of courses at all levels, intro to doctoral: Modern European Phil to Classical Chinese Phil; Critical/Feminist/Gender/Justice/Race Theories to Theories of Reading. Trained in European Philosophy (Warwick, PhD, Phenomenology/Deconstruction/Descartes/Derrida) and Literary Theory (London, ABD, Allegory/Irony/Poetics/Romanticism including post-/Shelly to de Man), Q writes in the interwoven fields of the Arts & the Humanities and is now working on three, strangely related books on Daodejing (Laozi), The Passions of the Soul (Descartes), and The Second Sex (Beauvoir), alongside a monograph on “Xenoracism” (xenophobia & racism) and another on “Paper People” that explores the sociopolitical ontology of documentation. A thinker living on food not just for thought, like many academics, she relies occasionally on grants & fellowships to go on, and her headspace, sustained so far, owes much to, most recently, a Mellon Fellowship, NEH Stipend, CUNY Graduate Center Faculty Fellowship, KIAS (Korean Institute of Advanced Studies) Fellowship, John Jay Faculty Research Excellence Award, etc. A translingual reader of all things poetic as well as prosaic, since 2002 she has been a member of the Poetry Translation Center, London, UK, where she collaborates on translating Korean poems into English among others. Since 2014, she has been summer visiting faculty at Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, teaching workshops such as Cogitøgraphy 3.0 (2014) and A PhiloPoetics of Dreaming (2015). She has also started curating the "MusingWith" series, an exerpimental dialogical platform for poets & readers, to be set up soon at The Asian American Literary Review and some other venues.
Kyoo Lee, 2012
Reading Descartes Otherwise:
Blind, Mad, Dreamy, and Bad
"The effect is a revision of
what Cartesianism really
(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.