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By Martin Jay

lengthy thought of "the noblest of the senses," imaginative and prescient has more and more come below severe scrutiny via a variety of thinkers who query its dominance in Western tradition. those critics of imaginative and prescient, particularly well known in twentieth-century France, have challenged its allegedly enhanced capability to supply entry to the area. they've got additionally criticized its meant complicity with political and social oppression during the promulgation of spectacle and surveillance.

Martin Jay turns to this discourse surrounding imaginative and prescient and explores its frequently contradictory implications within the paintings of such influential figures as Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Louis Althusser, man Debord, Luce Irigaray, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida. Jay starts off with a dialogue of the idea of imaginative and prescient from Plato to Descartes, then considers its function within the French Enlightenment sooner than turning to its prestige within the tradition of modernity. From attention of French Impressionism to research of Georges Bataille and the Surrealists, Roland Barthes's writings on images, and the movie thought of Christian Metz, Jay offers lucid and fair-minded debts of thinkers and concepts well known for his or her difficulty.

His e-book examines the myriad hyperlinks among the interrogation of imaginative and prescient and the pervasive antihumanist, antimodernist, and counter-enlightenment tenor of a lot fresh French inspiration. Refusing, notwithstanding, to safeguard the dominant visible order, he calls as a substitute for a plurality of "scopic regimes." bound to generate controversy and dialogue through the humanities and social sciences, Downcast Eyes will consolidate Jay's acceptance as certainly one of trendy optimal cultural and highbrow historians.

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