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- DescriptionPlutarch tells the story of a man who plucked a nightingale and finding but little to eat exclaimed: You are just a voice and thing more. Plucking the feathers of meaning that cover the voice, dismantling the body from which the voice seems to emanate, resisting the Sirens' song of fascination with the voice, concentrating on the voice and thing more : this is the difficult task that philosopher Mladen Dolar relentlessly pursues in this seminal work. The voice did t figure as a major philosophical topic until the 1960s, when Derrida and Lacan separately proposed it as a central theoretical concern. In A Voice and Nothing More Dolar goes beyond Derrida's idea of phocentrism and revives and develops Lacan's claim that the voice is one of the paramount embodiments of the psychoanalytic object (objet a). Dolar proposes that, apart from the two commonly understood uses of the voice as a vehicle of meaning and as a source of aesthetic admiration, there is a third level of understanding: the voice as an object that can be seen as the lever of thought. He investigates the object voice on a number of different levels -- the linguistics of the voice, the metaphysics of the voice, the ethics of the voice (with the voice of conscience), the paradoxical relation between the voice and the body, the politics of the voice -- and he scrutinizes the uses of the voice in Freud and Kafka. With this foundational work, Dolar gives us a philosophically grounded theory of the voice as a Lacanian object-cause.
- Author BiographyMladen Dolar taught for 20 years in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he now works as a Senior Research Fellow. He is the author of a number of books, most recently (with Slavoj Zizek) Opera's Second Death.
- Author(s)Mladen Dolar
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication10/03/2006
- Series TitleShort Circuits
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note4
- Weight249 g
- Width136 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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