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The Intimate UniversalThe Hidden Porosity Among Religion, Art, Philosophy, and Politics$
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William Desmond

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178761

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178761.001.0001

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The Erotics of the Intimate Universal

The Erotics of the Intimate Universal

(p.304) Chapter 7 The Erotics of the Intimate Universal
The Intimate Universal

William Desmond

Columbia University Press

Chapter 7 explores the erotics of the intimate universal, aware that there are those who would divorce erotics from the universal. If the universal is the preserve of reason, we sometimes think eros precedes or exceeds reason. This is too simple, and untrue to both eros and reason. As rooted in the flesh of the aesthetic body, the erotics does bring further to the fore the self-surpassing of the human being which, while particularized, is not merely particularistic. That the intimate universal is at work in this self-surpassing, and that it is in excess of our sober self-determination is no argument against the universal but a sign we must think of the universal differently.

Keywords:   Eros, Plato, Nietzsche, self-transcendence, ageing, immortalizing, sovereignty

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