Power of Gentleness

Meditations on the Risk of Living
Fordham University Press
  • erschienen am 6. März 2018
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  • Softcover
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  • 152 Seiten
978-0-8232-7960-9 (ISBN)
The simplicityof gentleness is misleading. It is an active passivity that may become anextraordinary force of symbolic resistance and, as such, become central to bothethics and politics. Gentleness is a force of secret life-giving transformationlinked to what the ancients called potentiality. Gentleness is a power.
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  • Höhe: 190 mm
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  • Breite: 123 mm
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978-0-8232-7960-9 (9780823279609)
Anne Dufourmantelle, philosopher and psychoanalyst, taught at the European Graduate School and wrote monthly columns for the Paris newspaper Liberation. Her books in English include Power of Gentleness: Meditations on the Risk of Being; Blind Date: Sex and Philosophy; and, with Jacques Derrida, Of Hospitality. Katherine Payne teaches at the City University of New York. Vincent Salle teaches at the City University of New York. Catherine Malabou, holder of Visiting Chairs in numerous North American universities, teaches philosophy at the CRMEP (Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy) at Kingston University (UK). The most recent of her books are, Changing Difference: The Feminine in Philosophy, and, with Judith Butler, You Will Be My Body for Me.
Foreword: Philosophy in Furs by Catherine Malabou

Translators' Note





Taking Care



The Sensory Celebration (I)

Sales Pitch

Language Sources

Justice and Forgiveness


A Silent Transformation

Feeling and Sensibility

The Symbolic Force of Gentleness

Free Form

Pure Gentleness?


Sensory Celebration (II)




"Master and Man" by Tolstoy

The Sensory Celebration (III)



In Hell


Trauma and Creation

At the Confines

Clandestine Gentleness

The Sensory Celebration (IV)


Gentleness of Melancholy

Dolce Vita

A Gentle Revolution


"Power of Gentleness achieves [the] incredible feat of being a gentle book. . . . . One of the most surprising points of the book is the argument that the true enemy of gentleness is . . . gentleness. Fake gentleness, mawkishness, this passivity sold to us via every new age commercial technique. . . . True gentleness contains an element of negativity, . . . and therein lies the crux of the problem: gentleness has its own dialectic. . . . Power of Gentleness is an important text that teaches us, comforts us, disturbs us too, that in any case touches us, always, at every moment. From this book that is so devoted to fragility, the reader emerges-and this is incontestable-that much stronger." * from Catherine Malabou's Foreword *

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