Key contemporary concepts: from abjection to Zeno's paradox by John Lechte

By John Lechte

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Key contemporary concepts: from abjection to Zeno's paradox

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In Christian-religious conception of the body as flesh, the issue turns around the idea of the body as a vehicle of temptations, temptations that turn the believer away from the spiritual world of God towards the material world of carnal desire. The soul, in such circumstances, needs to escape from the material, finite body (from the body as flesh), in order to find the infinite in the next world. As the perceived object of concupiscence, and of reproduction, the female body is the body as such.

This is the famous community of feeling, or sense: a sensus communis, of which beauty has no object or referent; but if there is a sensus communis it is not based on knowledge, or intelligence, but on the imagination stimulated 26 BEING by feeling, by a form of harmony: an interior music. As with the Khora as vehicle of the semiotic*, this music has an order, but is not subject to any extant harmonic rules. This music does not consist of the proportion of architectural harmony, but is a music of timbres, of chromaticisms.

For him, analytical thought supports the restricted economy of balanced books and instrumental rationality. It is always a matter of suppressing chance, for ‘[c]hance represents a way of going beyond when life reaches the outer limits of the possible and gives up’ (Bataille 1992: xxv). For Bataille, chance moves us inexorably into the world of ecstatic states, to what Roger Caillois, in his book on games, would call, ilinx (possession and vertigo) – ‘a state of dizziness and disorder’ (Callois 1962: 12).

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