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Power of Gentleness
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Foreword: Philosophy in Furs by Catherine Malabou
Translators' Note

Introduction

Approach
Origins
Animality
Taking Care
Intelligence
Potential
The Sensory Celebration (I)
Sales Pitch
Language Sources
Justice and Forgiveness
East
A Silent Transformation
Feeling and Sensibility
The Symbolic Force of Gentleness
Free Form
Pure Gentleness?
Patrolling
Sensory Celebration (II)
Counterfeits
Exhaustion
Penumbra
"Master and Man" by Tolstoy
The Sensory Celebration (III)
Sublimation
Cruelties
In Hell
Listening
Trauma and Creation
At the Confines
Clandestine Gentleness
The Sensory Celebration (IV)
Childhood
Gentleness of Melancholy
Dolce Vita
A Gentle Revolution

Notes
Index

About the Author

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.

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"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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