By Lenart Škof

This ebook bargains an unique contribution in the direction of a brand new thought of intersubjectivity which locations ethics of breath, hospitality and non-violence within the leading edge. Emphasizing Indian philosophy and faith and comparable cross-cultural interpretations, it offers new intercultural interpretations of key Western ideas which commonly have been built and within the vein of re-conceptualizations of Greek suggestion, as in Nietzsche and Heidegger, for instance. the importance of the e-book lies in its institution of a brand new platform for considering philosophically approximately intersubjectivity, with a view to nudge modern philosophy in the direction of a extra delicate technique, that's wanted in our occasions. meant for philosophers, feminists and others fascinated by intercultural philosophy, the publication will entice readers drawn to modern moral and political theories. A Breath of Proximity will profit all who search a extra delicate procedure in philosophy and often-neglected sensible layers of our daily intersubjective relations.

Life as breath: such is the grand subject of Lenart àkof's excellent new ebook. starting from Indian Vedic writings to Heidegger and Irigaray, Breath of Proximity cuts around the drained analytic/continental contrast in philosophy and proposes a moral cosmology in response to our human residing. A breath of clean air!

Kevin Hart is Professor of Christian reports on the college of Virginia

Lenart àkof wrote a truly fascinating booklet on breath and respiring which expresses and analyzes the essence of human life. The breath or wind is the middle aspect of people. As you recognize, you are going to learn in John 3.8 that the people are born from the wind. The breath and wind have whatever to do with the ethics of being human, simply because people reside with breath and respiring. Ethics is basically a lifestyle via respiring.

Tadashi Ogawa is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Kyoto University

Breath and respiring are vital issues of Asian philosophies in view that precedent days. This was once additionally the case in old Europe. yet we forgot approximately this measurement in our instructional discourse. The booklet of Lenart àkof brings into sight that popular Western philosophers of the twentieth century picked this subject up back. The publication is the main extraordinary and far-reaching try to rediscover the basic size of breath and respiring for the modern discourse of philosophy.

Rolf Elberfeld is Professor of Philosophy on the collage of Hildesheim

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And he is also the High Chant (udgN{ tha). The “high” (ut) is, after all, breath, for this whole world is held up (uttabdha) by breath. And “chant” (gN{ tha) is simply speech. 14 The passage is filled with phonetic “etymologies” that, although not in line with grammatical or philological rules of Sanskrit, uphold the idea of the primacy of speech (bráhman) and the chant (udgN{ tha) in which it is expressed. UdgNıtha is frequently identified with the sacred syllable of Om . ads, which is why it is of extreme importance for the ritual act and thought, and for the related cosmicmystical connectedness of that which is, with that which is the hypokeímenon of everything.

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The chapter therefore necessary winds up with the elaboration on Being and evil as parts of our thinking of ethical proximity, both also as related to Heidegger’s and Schelling’s thought. In the third part “The Ethics of Breath” is discussed by reading the excerpts from Derrida’s, Lévinas’ and Irigaray’s writings. Based on previous elaborations on breath in its mesocosmic constellation, and also on Feuerbach’s and Heidegger’s philosophies of the elements, this chapter introduces a possibility for an ethics that reaches beyond the empirical-transcendental divide.

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