Bizarre-Privileged Items in the Universe - The Logic of Likeness

Bizarre-Privileged Items in the Universe - The Logic of Likeness
Paul North
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Hardback
h228 x 152mm - 336pg
23 Mar 2021 US
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9781942130468
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An imaginative new theory of likeness that ranges widely across history and subjects, from physics and evolution to psychology, language, and art. A butterfly is like another butterfly. A butterfly is also like a leaf and at the same time like a paper airplane, an owl' s face, a scholar flying from book to book. The most disparate things approach one another in a butterfly, the sort of dense nodule of likeness that Roger Caillois once proposed calling a ' bizarre-privileged item. ' In response, critical theorist Paul North proposes a spiritual exercise: imagine a universe made up solely of likenesses. There are no things, only traits acting according to the law of series, here and there a thick overlap that appears ' bizarre. ' Centuries of thought have fixated on the concept of difference. This book offers a theory that begins from likeness, where, at any instant, a vast array of series proliferates and remote regions come into contact. Bizarre-Privileged Items in the Universe follows likenesses as they traverse physics and the physical universe; evolution and evolutionary theory; psychology and the psyche; sociality, language, and art. Divergent sources from an eccentric history help give shape to a new trans-science, ' homeotics. '
Paul North is Professor of German at Yale University. He is the author of The Problem of Distraction and The Yield: Kafka' s Atheological Reformation.

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