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The Universal (In the Realm of the Sensible): Beyond Continental Philosophy

Dorothea Olkowski


This book proposes a radical, new philosophical system that moves from ontology to ethics. The author develops the concept of an ontological unconscious, a connection arising from our sensible relation to the world that conditions encounters with the environment and with others. This fundamental ontology rethinks the time–space relations opened by Irigaray's notion of the ‘interval’, Bergson's ‘recollection’, Merleau-Ponty's idea of the ‘flesh’, and Deleuze's ‘plane of immanence’. Writing in an original style, inspired by literature and the arts, the author locates a ‘realm of the senses’, a f ... More

Keywords: Deleuze, continental philosophy, ontology, ethics, Irigaray, Bergson, Merleau-Ponty, senses, vulnerability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625567
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dorothea Olkowski, author