Perhaps Cultivating Touch Can Still Save Us

  • Luce Irigaray
  • Michael Marder
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Postmetaphysical Thought book series (PSPMT)


Entering into presence with an other is generally submitted to the rules of a world that is presumed to be neutral with respect to each one and to which each one must conform. Communicating with the other would require the neutralization of the singular belonging of each and the adoption of an artificially neutral attitude that cuts us off from our energetic resources. Our natural energy is not yet educated towards a communication with respect for our difference(s). This energy is both left uncultivated and repressed. It remains in a natural state in which only degrees of intensity exist, an intensity that sometimes needs to be released through acts of instinctive domination or submission, unless it is transformed into a neutral energy that cannot stop increasing and thus, it also, necessitates being reduced.


Natural World Natural Energy Energetic Resource Transcendental Dimension Human Embodiment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luce Irigaray
    • 1
  • Michael Marder
    • 2
  1. 1.National Centre for Scientific ResearchParisFrance
  2. 2.University of the Basque CountryVitoria-GasteizSpain

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