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Subjectivity and Infinity

Time and Existence

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Temporality and Subjectivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 3-7
    3. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 9-11
    4. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 13-16
    5. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 17-23
    6. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 25-32
    7. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 33-46
    8. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 47-59
    9. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 61-69
    10. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 71-76
    11. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 99-103
  3. Thinking, Imagination, and Self-Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 107-112
    3. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 113-118
    4. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 119-124
    5. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 125-134
    6. Guoping Zhao
      Pages 135-140

About this book

Introduction

“This elegant and thoughtful book demonstrates convincingly how subjectivity and narrative self-presentation are bound up inescapably with temporal existence. Calling us to attend to forgotten, overlooked and unrecognizable aspects of our lives, and drawing illuminating comparisons between Western phenomenology and non-Western schools of thought, Guoping Zhao offers a spiritually enriching meditation on self-recognition that is urgently necessary in confused and aggressive times.”
Seán Hand, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Europe), University of Warick, UK

 “Guoping Zhao addresses the existential questions post-humanism leaves unanswered. Recognizing that the mystery of human existence is the mystery of time, she interrogates some of the finest Western philosophers of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Finding them all insightful, but insufficient, Zhao presses forward drawing off of Eastern thought until she arrives at her own original understanding.”
Jim Garrison, Professor in the Foundations of Education program, Virginia Tech, USA

 “With insightful analysis and creative originality, Zhao turns the traditional discussion on its head. Drawing on both Eastern and Western traditions, her innovative description of subjectivity as primal sensibility and pure experience breaks new ground in this conversation.”  
Clarence Joldersma, author of A Levinasian Ethics for Education’s Commonplaces

 

 This book formulates a new theory of subjectivity in the context of the claimed “death of the subject” in the post-modern and post-human age. The new theory is developed against the conception of the subject as a transcendental ego whose constitutive roles, recognition, and representation lead to the objectivization and totalization of the world and denial of its inner infinity and heterogeneity. Through an analysis of time and temporality, this book advances a number of new concepts, including “primal sensibility” and “pure experience,” and proposes a porous structure of subjectivity with an ex-egological and ex-subjective zone that allows nothingness and absence to ground presence. Such a theory of subjectivity provides the basis for an understanding of thinking as imagination and self-identity as narrative presentation in the intersubjective world.

 

 Guoping Zhao is Professor and Research Fellow at Oklahoma State University, USA.


Keywords

Heidegger Self-Consciousness Relationality being and time subjectivity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Oklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA

About the authors

 Guoping Zhao is Professor and Research Fellow at Oklahoma State University, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Subjectivity and Infinity
  • Book Subtitle Time and Existence
  • Authors Guoping Zhao
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-45590-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-45589-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-45592-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-45590-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 157
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Man
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“This elegant and thoughtful phenomenological essay demonstrates convincingly how subjectivity and narrative self-presentation are bound up inescapably with temporal existence. Calling us to attend to forgotten, overlooked and unrecognizable aspects of our lives, and drawing illuminating comparisons between Western phenomenology and non-Western schools of thought, Guoping Zhao offers a spiritually enriching meditation on self-recognition that is urgently necessary in confused and aggressive times.”
Seán Hand, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Europe), University of Warick, UK

 

“Guoping Zhao addresses the existential questions post-humanism leaves unanswered. Recognizing that the mystery of human existence is the mystery of time, she interrogates some of the finest Western philosophers of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Finding them all insightful, but insufficient, Zhao presses forward drawing off of Eastern thought until she arrives at her own original understanding. It is an impressive achievement.”
Jim Garrison, Professor in the Foundations of Education program, Virginia Tech, USA

 

“This is a bold book making a timely and enticingly novel contribution to the philosophical discussion on subjectivity. With insightful analysis and creative originality, Zhao turns the traditional discussion on its head. Drawing on both Eastern and Western traditions, her innovative description of subjectivity as primal sensibility and pure experience breaks new ground in this conversation.”  
Clarence Joldersma, author of A Levinasian Ethics for Education’s Commonplaces