Stupidity

Avital Ronell (Author)
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Description

In Stupidity Avital Ronell explores the fading empire of cognition, modulating stupidity into idiocy, puerility, and the figure of the ridiculous philosopher instituted by Kant. Drawing on a range of writers including Dostoevsky, Schlegel, Musil, and Wordsworth, Stupidity investigates ignorance, dumbfounded-ness, and the limits of reason.

Product Details

Price
$23.00
Publisher
University of Illinois Press
Publish Date
December 17, 2002
Pages
376
Dimensions
5.5 X 1.0 X 9.2 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780252071270
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About the Author

Avital Ronell is a professor of German, comparative literature, and English at New York University, where she directs the Research in Trauma and Violence project. She is the author of The Telephone Book, Dictations, Crack Wars, and other books.

Reviews

"The foremost thinker of the repressed conditions of knowledge, Avital Ronell, with the Nietzschean audacity characteristic of her though, probes the philosophical no-man's land of stupidity."
"[An] energetic book ... [Ronell's] fifth and perhaps most accomplished.... Stupidity as Ronell understands it is a kind of black hole devouring the light of rationality itself."
"In the face of the Enlightenment, stupidity disrupts, disturbs, or dissents. . . . Disrupt, disturb, and dissent--that is just what Ronell means to do in this book."
"[Ronell] proves herself yet again to be one of the most original and exciting of contemporary critics. . . . If you at all suspect that you might be intelligent, do not avoid Stupidity--embrace it."