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Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Stone maps the force, vivacity, and stories within our most mundane matter, stone. For too long stone has served as an unexamined metaphor for the “really real”: blunt factuality, nature’s curt ... More


Introduction: Stories of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The introduction maps how a geologically-inflected materialism opens new literary vistas. It discusses Job, Aldo Leopold, Bruno Latour, Graham Harman, Sisyphus and others of geological note.


Geophilia: The Love of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The first chapter examines geophilia, a shared desire between humans and stones for endurance, creativity, and art.


Excursus: A Heart Unknown

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Stone’s function as human memorial is discussed.


Afterword: Iceland

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Iceland offers a lesson of stone’s impermanence: it moves like any liquid, restless and ephemeral.


Soul: The Life of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

“Life” considers how some people have been locked into a Stone Age by others in order to dispossess them, then details how stone’s liveliness provides a countermovement and queer vitality.


Force: The Adventure of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

“Force” investigates how stone works as both a magnet, drawing attention and desire, and a propulsive force, disrupting and moving just when we assume bedrock to be still.


Time: The Insistence of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

“Time” looks at deep time as understood now and in the Middle Ages, detailing how fossils arrive into history rich with stories of cataclysm and a call to inventiveness.


Excursus: The Weight of the Past

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The author explores Bordeaux, Paris, and Montparnasse and contemplates stone’s legacy in the city.


Excursus: Geologic

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The author explores Scotland and ponders how stone represents a people’s history.


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