Breath of Proximity: Intersubjectivity, Ethics and Peace by Lenart Škof

By Lenart Škof

This book offers an unique contribution in the direction of a brand new thought of intersubjectivity which areas ethics of breath, hospitality and non-violence within the vanguard. Emphasizing Indian philosophy and faith (Vedas and Upanishads) and similar cross-cultural interpretations, it presents new intercultural interpretations of key Western innovations which typically have been built and within the vein of re-conceptualizations or revitalizations of Greek suggestion, as in Nietzsche and Heidegger, for instance. the importance of the booklet lies in its institution of a brand new platform for considering philosophically approximately intersubjectivity, that allows you to nudge modern philosophy in the direction of a extra delicate method, that is wanted in our instances. Its originality lies in its leading edge procedure, which searches for the foundation of moral gestures (represented in respecting the breath/breathing) throughout the newly brought thought of “mesocosm” as an area of a ritual, or a brand new moral area of intersubjective encounters. The booklet additionally introduces the opportunity of an unique ethics in line with breath. meant for philosophers, feminists and others enthusiastic about intercultural philosophy and comparative faith, the publication will entice readers drawn to modern moral and political theories of peaceable clash answer and ideas of hospitality. A Breath of Hospitality will gain all who search a extra delicate process in philosophy, together with philosophy of faith, and often-neglected sensible and academic layers of our daily intersubjective kin.

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Elsewhere, Irigaray explains that the process (a transition from natural to spiritual breath) is also very important for the role of a woman/mother: The divine appropriate to women, the feminine divine, is first of all related to the breath. To cultivate the divine in herself, the woman, in my opinion, has to attend to her own breathing, her own breath, more even than to love […] Becoming divine is accomplished through a continuous passage from nature to grace, a passage that everyone must realise by oneself, alone […] The feminine breath seems at once more linked with the life of the universe and more interior.

In this I closely relate Mead’s theory to the question of time, or ethical temporality. Mead as a modern philosopher was extremely sensitive to the most elemental traits of human existence. Following Wundt and his psychology, Mead was able to approach the radically neglected plane of intersubjectivity and was able to proceed towards an original constellation of the between-two in a social way. If in the first part the cosmic origins of gesture from the primeval silence were searched for, and if the second acceleration secured the original cosmic constellation of the between-two, thought of as a breath of love, then it is in Mead where we for the first time meet the inauguration of a human sociality qua gesture.

It is a privilege for an author of a cross-cultural orientation to publish the book in Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures , which invites scholars to share their thoughts in an innovative way by respecting their various philosophical, religious and cultural backgrounds. In the acknowledgements that I have written in my previous books, I tried, at least on a symbolic level, to thank all those people who had made it possible for me to embark on and stay on this philosophical path I have been walking along.

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