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Spinal catastrophism : a secret history, Thomas Moynihan

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Spinal catastrophism : a secret history
Title
Spinal catastrophism
Title remainder
a secret history
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Moynihan
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
The historical continuity of spinal catastrophism, traced across multiform encounters between philosophy, psychology, biology, and geology. Drawing on cryptic intimations in the work of J. G. Ballard, Georges Bataille, William Burroughs, Andre Leroi-Gourhan, Elaine Morgan, and Friedrich Nietzsche, in the late twentieth century Daniel Barker formulated the axioms of spinal catastrophism: If human morphology, upright posture, and the possibility of language are the ramified accidents of natural history, then psychic ailments are ultimately afflictions of the spine, which itself is a scale model of biogenetic trauma, a portable map of the catastrophic events that shaped that atrocity exhibition of evolutionary traumata, the sick orthograde talking mammal. Tracing its provenance through the biological notions of phylogeny and "organic memory" that fueled early psychoanalysis, back into idealism, nature philosophy, and romanticism, and across multiform encounters between philosophy, psychology, biology, and geology, Thomas Moynihan reveals the historical continuity of spinal catastrophism. From psychoanalysis and myth to geology and neuroanatomy, from bioanalysis to chronopathy, from spinal colonies of proto-minds to the retroparasitism of the CNS, from "railway spine" to Elizabeth Taylor's lost gill-slits, this extravagantly comprehensive philosophical adventure uses the spinal cord as a guiding thread to rediscover forgotten pathways in modern thought. Moynihan demonstrates that, far from being an fanciful notion rendered obsolete by advances in biology, spinal catastrophism dramatizes fundamental philosophical problematics of time, identity, continuity, and the transcendental that remain central to any attempt to reconcile human experience with natural history
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YDX
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Moynihan, Thomas T
Dewey number
190
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
B72
LC item number
.M79 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Mono
Series volume
007
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Philosophy
  • Human body
  • Spine
  • Spinal cord
  • Spine
  • Spinal cord
  • Philosophy
  • Human body
Label
Spinal catastrophism : a secret history, Thomas Moynihan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-332) and indexes
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1090471287
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
xx, 332 pages
Isbn
9781913029562
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Spinal catastrophism : a secret history, Thomas Moynihan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-332) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1090471287
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
xx, 332 pages
Isbn
9781913029562
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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