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February 19, 2014

A Lunch BIT from A Voice and Nothing More by Mladen Dolar

Posted by: Susan Mai

What's in a voice? In A Voice and Nothing More, philosopher Mladen Dolar presents the voice is an object that can be seen as the lever of thought—a philosophical concept introduced in the 1960s by Lacan and Derrida. Dolar investigates the object voice on a number of different levels, including linguistically, metaphysically, ethically—using examples from Plato, Augustine, Kafka, Lewis Carroll, and Charlie Chaplin to support his argument. The Los Angeles Times Book Review described Dolar's book as a theoretically rigorous yet accessible book:

"It takes a certain intrepid curiosity to pick up a book that is not of one's universe—to plunge into an in-depth examination of a common phenomenon. But the payoff can be huge: a new meaning, new resonance accruing to something one previously paid barely any attention to. A Voice and Nothing More is such a book—a deeply academic yet readable inquiry into the nature of voice and its role as a bridge between nature and culture, subject and other, body and language, the personal and the political....Again, no worries: There will be no final exam; this is just life, examined carefully."

Read The Metaphysics of the Voice: A BIT of A Voice and Nothing More to learn how Dolar builds upon Lacanian concept of the voice as a psychoanalytic object.

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