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The Passive Eye: Gaze and Subjectivity in Berkeley Branka Arsic

The Passive Eye: Gaze and Subjectivity in Berkeley

Branka Arsic

Published May 6th 2003
ISBN : 9780804746434
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224 pages
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The Passive Eye is a revolutionary and historically rich account of Berkeleys theory of vision. In this formidable work, the author considers the theory of the embodied subject and its passions in light of a highly dynamic conception of infinity.MoreThe Passive Eye is a revolutionary and historically rich account of Berkeleys theory of vision. In this formidable work, the author considers the theory of the embodied subject and its passions in light of a highly dynamic conception of infinity. Arsic shows the profound affinities between Berkeley and Spinoza, and offers a highly textual reading of Berkeley on the concept of an exhausted subjectivity. The author begins by following the Renaissance universe of vision, particularly the paradoxical elusive nature of mirrors, then shows how this conception of vision was translated into the optical devices and in what way the various ways of deception could be conceived. Reading Berkeley against the backdrop of competing theories, in relation to Leibniz, Spinoza, Newton, Malebranche, Hume, Locke, Molyneux and others, this book gives a meticulous historic reconstruction of Berkeleys theory.This excellent scholarly work presents Berkeleys theory in a new and radical light. The book, presented in three parts, begins by presenting the conceptions of vision prior to Berkeleys intervention. In the second part, the author moves through a careful study of Descartes theory of vision to arrive at Berkeley. The third part addresses the authors version of Berkeley in which the eye and the image become inseparable due to the collapse of the universe of representation. The problem of vision becomes not that of representation, but of presentation. Through an erudite historic reading of Berkeleys theory and astute comparative assessments, the author uncovers Berkeleys place as a contemporary theoretician, corresponding with such thinkers as Deleuze, Lacan, Foucault, and Derrida.