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The intimate universal : the hidden porosity among religion, art, philosophy, and politics / William Desmond.

By: Desmond, William, 1951- [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Insurrections: Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2016Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780231543002; 023154300X.Subject(s): Universals (Philosophy) | Whole and parts (Philosophy) | Individuation (Philosophy)Additional physical formats: Print version:: Intimate universal.DDC classification: 111/.2 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Desmond (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; Villanova Univ.) tackles the problem of the one and the many in his analysis of the "intimate universal"--that is, the concrete actuality of each particular entity (including one's own intimate self) and its in-between-ness with every other being that partakes in that universal category of "to be." Desmond's wide-ranging argument is offered in a complex vocabulary of his own making (a glossary is provided for those unfamiliar with his prior work), so all but the most knowledgeable readers will find the introduction rough going. Once the nature of the intimate universal is set forth (and presumably grasped by the reader), Desmond describes the porous way it permeates religion, art, philosophy, and politics. In the second half of the book the author addresses the idiotic (internal intimate), aesthetic, erotic (desiring love), and "apageic" (giving love) dimensions and implications of the lived, concrete existential and social character of the intimate universal. Despite the challenging nature of this work, Desmond manages not only to hold together the particular and the universal, as well as the abstract and the concrete, but to do it with a poetic sensitivity that "makes the philosopher porous to something that exceeds philosophy." Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. --Steve A. Young, McHenry County College

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William Desmond is professor of philosophy, Higher Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and David R. Cook Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Villanova University.

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