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Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 569–578 | Cite as

The sensible universe seconded…: Comments on Mauro Carbone’s an unprecedented deformation: Proust and the sensible ideas

The SUNY Press, Albany, NY, 2010, ISBN: 1438430205, p 122, $23.95
  • Leonard Lawlor
Article

Mauro Carbone’s new book builds on his previous work, in particular, on his 2001 La visibilité de l’invisible and his 2004 The Thinking of the Sensible. Although Proust appears everywhere in these works, the spiritual center of Carbone’s thinking is Merleau-Ponty. In particular, what motivates Carbone’s thinking is a phrase from a 1959 working note to The Visible and the Invisible; the phrase is: “the passivity of our activity” (Carbone 2010, p. 9; Merleau-Ponty 1968, p. 221). For Merleau-Ponty, and this is what Carbone explores in all his works, the passivity of our activity has two registers. On the one hand, Merleau-Ponty rejects passivity as such, which would turn our thinking into an effect of some material cause; he is not interested in a causal relation of things that would be partes extra partes. What he is interested in, as the quote indicates, is the passivity ofour activity, that is, the passivity that belongs to our activity. This belonging relation brings us to the other...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyPenn State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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