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By Gillian Rose

Mourning turns into the legislations is the philosophical counterpart to the past due Gillian Rose's acclaimed memoir Love's paintings. It offers a robust and eloquent case opposed to postmodernism, and breathes new lifestyles into the debates approximately energy and domination, transcendence and eternity. Addressing subject matters corresponding to structure, cinema, portray, poetry, the Holocaust and Judaism, Gillian Rose allows us to attach rules in regards to the person and society with theories of justice. this can be philosophy for the nonphilosopher.

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Sociologists, architectural historians and philosophers conclude that the methods and means of their own disciplines are principal actors in the Holocaust. The devastation of the respective discipline is declaimed; paradoxically, the sociologist then invokes the new ethics, the philosopher turns to social analysis, and the architectural historian breaks off his book after 500 pages, and relapses inloa desperate, dramatised silence. In each case, the same reversal of logic has occurred: critical rationality conceives and organises the investigation and provides the causal or conditional arguments which are developed in the light of the relevant historical evidence; for example, architectural planning and architects were crucial for the conception, organisation and execution of the Holocaust.

The painting shows Phocion's wife with a trusted woman companion. They have come to the place outside the city wall where the body of Phocion was burnt so that Phocion's wife may gather his ashes - for if they are left unconsecrated, his unappeased soul will wander forever. As she cannot bury the ashes in the tomb of his fathers, according to Plutarch, she takes the ashes " Athul! flTusaillm: a will of thrn cities to her home and buries them by the hearth, dedicating them to the household gods.

The thought of the Prench Jewish philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas, has fast acquired the canonicity in modem philosophy that Maimonides has in medieval Jewish philosophy. His thinking, above all, has made Judaism available to the end oC philosophy - philosophy which has discovered that it has no ethics, and which turns to Judaism as the sublime other of modernity. Levinas's Buddhist Judaism offers an extreme version of Athens versus Jerusalem. Knowledge, power and practical reason are attributed to the model of the autonomous, bounded, separated, individual self, the sell within the city, 'the alllance of logic and politics'.

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