Disgusting, Enigmatic, Inorganic

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2021
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Ágalma: Rivista di studi culturali e di estetica, issue 41
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What separates Mario Perniola from other philosophers of his generation, is his programmatic inquiry into the dark side of humanities, what I here call ‘dank humanities’ – with a focus on topics hard to catch, and sides of experience and interpretation which evade simple pleasure and order. Often his thinking finds a niche where one can feel barely human or sense something that in the end evades interpretation. Suggestive in tone, it inquired into these topics also in a way that made his thinking hard to classify as philosophy, cultural studies and/or psychoanalysis. In my article on his work, I aspire to think of it more commonly as a form of overall humanities, and to see it as a programmatic attempt to nail the potentials of the humanities to reach beyond our pleasures, understanding and safety-driven metaphysics.
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Ryynänen , M 2021 , ' Disgusting, Enigmatic, Inorganic : Mario Perniola, the Dank Humanities, and the Role of the Philosopher in Contemporary Culture ' , Ágalma: Rivista di studi culturali e di estetica , no. 41 .