Ethicality and Imagination
On Luminous Abodes
Published by: Indiana University Press
Ethicality and Imagination is the astounding conclusion to John Sallis's landmark trilogy launched with Force of Imagination and Logic of Imagination. In this new work, Sallis embarks on an unforgettable voyage spanning the cosmos and delving deep into what makes us human. If the first two works consider the question of being and thinking, respectively, the third and culminating volume takes up the question of action. In a series of highly original and always provocative meditations, Sallis articulates the way humans are rooted in their abodes yet not determined by them.
Ethicality and Imagination develops a new approach to the relation of the imagination to literature, ethics, political thought, and recent discoveries in astrophysics. It represents a brilliant conclusion to one of the most exciting works of thinking in the Continental school in recent decades.
1. Ventriloquies of Origin
2. Luminous Space
3. Solitude and the Stars
7. Cosmic Visions
This extraordinary work completes Sallis's magnum opus, his trilogy on the imagination, inaugurated with Force of Imagination and Logic of Imagination. As it now stands, this trilogy is one of the masterpieces in the Continental idiom in any language, and perhaps the signature work in American English~Jason M. Wirth, Seattle University, and author of Schelling's Practice of the Wild
Sallis has long demonstrated that the inconceivable is never unimaginable, and that this primacy of the imagination – its force and logic – opens original possibilities for understanding and speaking of the world. This new contribution to Sallis' remarkable project draws out the moments of ethicality that appear by virtue of this force of the imagination. In doing this, Sallis shows how the elements of an ethical sense – the intimacies of life shared in time – emerge with their own power and truth. A sweeping work of astonishing insights, this book is written with a wonderful alchemy of eloquence, grace, and precision – it is a pleasure to read.~Dennis J. Schmidt, Western Sydney University
With a reservation we have come to recognize as one of his characteristics, John Sallis opens this book under the sign of ventriloquism, as if to underline the many voices echoing through his discourse and the variety of references it weaves together, from archaic poetry to modern cosmology. And yet, paradoxically, in this potent meditation on the human condition Sallis speaks in a voice that is more than ever unmistakably his own—free, searching, originally suggestive. In this voice, he addresses the elusive question of ethos, symphonically unfolded as a matter of custom, of character, and above all of dwelling: between heaven and earth, in invisible and all-receptive space, amid things showing themselves as well as political strains, in the unexhausted disclosiveness of imagination.~Claudia Baracchi, Università di Milano-Bicocca.