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Intoxication and Romanticism
James Nicholls

6 Ungovernable passions: intoxication and Romanticism He will come to know it, whenever he shall arrive in that state in which, paradoxical as it may appear, reason shall only visit him through intoxication. (Charles Lamb) Hence the drunkard ceases to attend to external stimuli, and as volition is now also suspended, the trains of his ideas become totally inconsistent as in dreams or delirium. (Erasmus Darwin) The question above all others that nagged at philosophers, political thinkers and doctors throughout the eighteenth century was: ‘What is it to be human

in The politics of alcohol
The penalties and paradoxes of unmanliness
Joanne Begiato

2 Appetites, passions, and disgust: the penalties and paradoxes of unmanliness Introduction Unmanliness was emblazoned on emotionalised bodies, written onto illformed, unappealing forms and faces, and deployed through disgust, the very antitheses of desire. This too had physiognomic roots and moral associations. Johann Caspar Lavater, for example, explained: ‘the morally best, the most beautiful. The morally worst, the most deformed.’1 Eighteenth-century British moral philosophers similarly drew analogies between the corporeal and the moral, applying a

in Manliness in Britain, 1760–1900
Hanneke Canters and Grace M. Jantzen

Elemental Passions CHAPTER 4 Interpretive synopsis of Elemental Passions One: prologue The first chapter can be regarded as a Prologue. Irigaray begins with short, staccato sentences. White. Immense spaces. White, a rush of breath. Be swift, marry this breath. Remain in it. Make haste. Let it not abandon me. Let me not turn from it. Be swept up: my song. (EP 7) De grands espaces. Blancs. Un grand souffle, blanc. Rapide, épouser ce souffle. Y rester. Dans la hâte. Qu’il ne m’abandonne pas. Que je ne le laisse pas.Y être entraînée : mon chant. (Pe 7) The short

in Forever fluid
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Collecting and connoisseurship
Katie Donington

no expense in pursuing his passion – the building of a hothouse stood testament to his botanical ambitions. 111 He employed a gardener, Joseph Knight, who resided full time on the property, tending to the collection. Knight remained in George’s employ until the family removed from Clapham in 1820, at which point he gave Knight his living collection. Knight went on to form the

in The bonds of family
Popular imperialism in Britain, continuities and discontinuities over two centuries
John M. MacKenzie

back to families, 9 helped to keep the existence and significance of colonies continually in the forefront of the public imagination. Earlier manifestations It is important to recognise that in the British case, these imperial passions were not wholly new in the nineteenth century. Kathleen Wilson has charted the significance of aspects of popular imperialism in the eighteenth

in European empires and the people
Nico Randeraad

4 On waves of passion: London 1860 L ondon was the fountainhead of international statistics. Adolphe Quetelet enjoyed visiting the British capital. Early in his career he had discovered that many British thinkers shared his vision of statistics. He had a hand in the establishment of the Statistical Section (Section F) of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Statistical Society of London. In 1851 he chose the Great Exhibition of London as the stage for launching the European statistical congress. He expected the British to be very

in States and statistics in the nineteenth century
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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A reading of Luce Irigaray’s Elemental Passions

The recognition of a female subject is relatively recent in Western philosophy, through Western intellectual history, it has been assumed to be normatively male. This book provides the first English commentary on Luce Irigaray's poetic text, Elemental Passions, setting it within its context within continental thought. It explores Irigaray's images and intentions, developing the gender drama that takes place within her book, and draws the reader into the conversation in the text between 'I-woman' and 'you-man'. In Irigaray's philosophy of sexual difference love is of ultimate significance for the development and mutual relationship of two subjects. The book explains how the lack of a subject position for women is related to the emergence of rigid binaries, and catches a hint of how subversive attention to fluidity is to the masculinist pattern. This emphasis on desire and sexual difference obviously intersects with the psychoanalytic theories of S. Freud and J. Lacan, theories which had enormous impact on French philosophers of the time. Irigaray has used vivid imagery from the very beginning of her writings. A few of her images, in particular that of the lips, have become famous in feminist writings. The development of mutually affirming sexual subjects, different but not oppositional, and thereby the destabilizing of traditional binary categories of oppositional logic, is simultaneously highly innovative and has far-reaching consequences. The book presents a critique of Irigaray's methods and contentions to critical scrutiny, revisiting the idea of fluidity in relation to logic.

Morny Joy

CHAPTER 2 Cartesian meditations Because the pleasures of the body are minor, it can be said in general that it is possible to make oneself happy without them. However, I do not think that they should be altogether despised, or even that one should free oneself altogether from the passions. It is enough to subject one’s passions to reason; and once they are thus tamed they are sometimes the more useful the more they tend to excess. (Descartes 1991: 265) And it can be said in particular of Wonder that it is useful in making us learn and retain in our memory

in Divine love
Context and style of Elemental Passions
Hanneke Canters and Grace M. Jantzen

Problems of rigidity CHAPTER 3 ‘Fragments from a woman’s voyage’: context and style of Elemental Passions Elemental Passions makes few concessions to the reader. Both in style and content it is elusive, open to various interpretations. Unlike most texts of traditional Western philosophy and psychoanalysis which argue a thesis or develop a point of view, Elemental Passions invites the reader inside, makes suggestions to enable the reader to set off on her own journey rather than follow predetermined steps laid out by somebody else. The original text of Elemental

in Forever fluid