By Martin Jay
Martin Jay turns to this discourse surrounding imaginative and prescient and explores its frequently contradictory implications within the paintings of such influential figures as Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Louis Althusser, man Debord, Luce Irigaray, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida. Jay starts with a dialogue of the speculation of imaginative and prescient from Plato to Descartes, then considers its function within the French Enlightenment sooner than turning to its prestige within the tradition of modernity. From attention of French Impressionism to research of Georges Bataille and the Surrealists, Roland Barthes's writings on images, and the movie thought of Christian Metz, Jay presents lucid and fair-minded debts of thinkers and ideas widely recognized for his or her difficulty.
His booklet examines the myriad hyperlinks among the interrogation of imaginative and prescient and the pervasive antihumanist, antimodernist, and counter-enlightenment tenor of a lot fresh French notion. Refusing, besides the fact that, to protect the dominant visible order, he calls as an alternative for a plurality of "scopic regimes." absolute to generate controversy and dialogue during the humanities and social sciences, Downcast Eyes will consolidate Jay's acceptance as one among contemporary most excellent cultural and highbrow historians.