Cinema and Agamben

Cinema and Agamben

Cinema and Agamben brings together a group of established scholars of film and visual culture to explore the nexus between the moving image and the influential work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben.

Author: Henrik Gustafsson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623561253

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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Cinema and Agamben brings together a group of established scholars of film and visual culture to explore the nexus between the moving image and the influential work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. Including two original texts by Agamben himself, published here for the first time in English translation, these essays facilitate a unique multidisciplinary conversation that fundamentally rethinks the theory and praxis of cinema. In their resourceful analyses of the work of artists such as David Claerbout, Jean-Luc Godard, Philippe Grandrieux, Michael Haneke, Jean Rouch, and others, the authors put to use a range of key concepts from Agamben's rich body of work, like biopolitics, de-creation, gesture, potentiality and profanation. Sustaining the eminently interdisciplinary scope of Agamben's writing, the essays all bespeak the importance of Agamben's thought for forging new beginnings in film theory and for remedying the elegiac proclamations of the death of cinema so characteristic of the current moment.
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Ex centric Cinema

Ex centric Cinema

Yet the story of cinema became (through its institutionalization) one in which the human swiftly assumed centrality through the literary crafting of story, character and the expression of interiority.

Author: Janet Harbord

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628922400

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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In the beginning, cinema was an encounter between humans, images and machine technology, revealing a stream of staccato gestures, micrographic worlds, and landscapes seen from above and below. In this sense, cinema's potency was its ability to bring other, non-human modes of being into view, to forge an encounter between multiple realities that nonetheless co-exist. Yet the story of cinema became (through its institutionalization) one in which the human swiftly assumed centrality through the literary crafting of story, character and the expression of interiority. Ex-centric Cinema takes an archaeological approach to the study of cinema through the writings of philosopher Giorgio Agamben, arguing that whilst we have a century-long tradition of cinema, the possibility of what cinema may have become is not lost, but co-exists in the present as an unexcavated potential. The term given to this history is ex-centric cinema, describing a centre-less moving image culture where animals, children, ghosts and machines are privileged vectors, where film is always an incomplete project, and where audiences are a coming community of ephemeral connections and links. Discussing such filmmakers as Harun Farocki, the Lumiere Brothers, Guy Debord and Wong Kar-wai, Janet Harbord draws connections with Agamben to propose a radically different way of thinking about cinema.
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Work of Giorgio Agamben

Work of Giorgio Agamben

The fact that the title retains an inherent ambivalence and repetition means that it
in itself fulfils the conditions of cinema that Agamben puts forward. The film itself
is, like the majority of Debord's films, comprised of détourned images and ...

Author: Justin Clemens

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748689019

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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This collection of essays, newly available in paperback, seeks to explore Agamben's work from philosophical and literary perspectives, thereby underpinning its place within larger debates in continental philosophy.
Categories: Philosophy

Agamben Dictionary

Agamben Dictionary

It is precisely gesture's alienation in and as this spectacular sphere – along with
the special “kind of eye” cinema will bring to gesture – that makes the “element of
cinema”, as Agamben will argue, the gesture and not the image (ME, 55), and ...

Author: Alex Murray

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748688630

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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This the first dictionary dedicated to the work of Giorgio Agamben, the radical Italian philosopher. Bringing together leading scholars in the field, it provides a unique and comprehensive introduction to his work, offering readers a range of clear and c
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From Agamben to Zizek

From Agamben to Zizek

Rancière not only, and repeatedly, calls this a bogus move on the part of critics (
since cinema constructs and depends upon all those same old techniques of plot
and narrative) but also goes on to show that everything critics wish to celebrate ...

Author: Jon Simons

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748686742

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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In these 15 taster essays you will discover the key concepts and critical approaches of the theorists who have had the most significant impact on the humanities since 1990.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Agamben s Political Ontology of Nudity in Literature and Art

Agamben   s Political Ontology of Nudity in Literature and Art

Agamben presents this example of the porn star's face to support his position that
we need to beware of such capturing and ... This move might be read as an
allegory for transforming the spectacle in film into the type of cinema Agamben ...

Author: Frances Restuccia

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429537332

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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This volume develops the central (though neglected) Agambenian concept of nudity along with its crucial political implications. The book discovers within The Use of Bodies a philosophical path to Agamben’s "ontology of nudity," as it is subtended by his notion of the messianic—a dual temporality of form in motion reflected in the image of a whirlpool that is autonomous although no drop of water belongs to it separately. Drawn from Paul and Benjamin (rather than Derrida), Agamben’s messianic is elaborated in this study through its embodiment in literature—Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, James’s The Aspern Papers, Brodsky’s Watermark, and Mann’s Death in Venice—in response to Agamben’s insistence on the wedding of poetry and philosophy. In particular, Coetzee’s Disgrace gives poetic form to Agamben’s focus on the dissolution of the human/animal border, the salvation of the unsavable, and "nudity"—all to illustrate Agamben’s Open without a closedness. This text shows how art serves as the house of philosophy also by taking up the nude in visual art, making the case that, in comprising chronos and kairos (the two messianic components of Agamben’s ontology of nudity), art demonstrates the constitution of form-of-life for the viewer. Emphasizing Agamben’s privileged non-unveilability/nudity, this book finally examines two major missed encounters, with Heidegger and Lacan, philosophers of the veil. Veiling to Agamben correlates with the sovereignty/bare life structure of the exception, which his ontology of nudity is meant to deactivate—as there is no such thing as a bare life.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Europeanization of Cinema

The Europeanization of Cinema

Agamben took up the term through his development of a specific and narrow
Foucauldian perspective on the dispositif, describing ... Moreover, in not
attending to the specificities of cinema, Agamben did bring a further expansive
quality to the ...

Author: Randall Halle

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252096334

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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In this innovative study, German and film studies scholar Randall Halle advances the concept of "interzones"--geographical and ideational spaces of transit, interaction, transformation, and contested diversity--as a mechanism for analyzing European cinema. He focuses especially on films about borders, borderlands, and cultural zones as he traces the development of interzones from the inception of central European cinema to the avant-garde films of today. Throughout, he shows how cinema both reflects and engenders interzones that explore the important questions of Europe's social order: imperialism and nation-building in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; "first contact" between former adversaries (such as East and West Germany) following World War II and the Cold War; and migration, neo-colonialism, and cultural imperialism in the twenty-first century. Ultimately, Halle argues that today's cinema both produces and reflects imaginative communities. He demonstrates how, rather than simply erasing boundaries, the European Union instead fosters a network of cultural interzones that encourage cinematic exploration of the new Europe's processes and limits of connectivity, tolerance, and cooperation.
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Guy Debord and the Situationist International

Guy Debord and the Situationist International

Difference and Repetition: On Guy Debord's Films GIORGIO AGAMBEN
TRANSLATED BY BRIAN HOLMES My aim here is to define certain aspects of
Debord's poetics, or rather of his compositional technique, in the area of cinema.

Author: Tom McDonough

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262633000

Category: Art

Page: 492

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This volume is a revised and expanded version of a special issue of the journalOctober (Winter 1997) that was devoted to the work of the Situationist International (SI). The firstsection of the issue contained previously unpublished critical texts, and the second sectioncontained translations of primary texts that had previously been unavailable in English. Theemphasis was on the SI's profound engagement with the art and cultural politics of their time(1957-1972), with a strong argument for their primarily political and activist stance by two formermembers of the group, T. J. Clark and Donald Nicholson-Smith.Guy Debord and the SituationistInternational supplements both sections. It reprints important, hard to find essays by GiorgioAgamben, Libero Andreotti, Jonathan Crary, Thomas Y. Levin, Greil Marcus, and Tom McDonough anddoubles the number of translations of primary texts, which now encompass a broader and morerepresentative range of the SI's writings on culture and language. In a field still dominated byhagiography, the critical texts were selected for their willingness to confront critically thehistory and legacy of the SI. They examine the group within the broader framework of the historicaland neo-avant-gardes and, beyond that, the postwar world in general. The translations trace the SI'sreflections on the legacy of the avant-garde in art and architecture, particularly on the linguisticand spatial significance of montage aesthetics. Many of the translated works are by Guy Debord(1932?1994), the impresario of the SI, especially known for his book The Society of theSpectacle.
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Giorgio Agamben

Giorgio Agamben

CINEMA. While the importance of language for Agamben has become evident
throughout this book, it should also be seen as a theory of representation more
broadly, one in which a general aesthetic – to which, as we have seen, Agamben
 ...

Author: Alex Murray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136999635

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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Giorgio Agamben is one of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary continental philosophy and critical theory. His work covers a broad array of topics from biblical criticism to Guantanamo Bay and the ‘war on terror’. Alex Murray explains Agamben’s key ideas, including: an overview of his work from first publication to the present clear analysis of Agamben’s philosophy of language and life theories of ethics and ‘witnessing’ the relationship between Agamben’s political writing and his work on aesthetics and poetics. Investigating the relationship between politics, language, literature, aesthetics and ethics, this guide is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the complex nature of modern political and cultural formations.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Mapping the Moving Image

Mapping the Moving Image

The book also charts from a fresh perspective how the new gestural dynamics and visuality of the moving image fed into our thinking of time, memory and the unconscious.

Author: Pasi Väliaho

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789089641410

Category: Art

Page: 249

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In Mapping the Moving Image, Pasi Valiaho offers a compelling study of how the medium of film came to shape our experience and thinking of the world and ourselves. By locating the moving image in new ways of seeing and saying as manifest in the arts, science and philosophy at the turn of the twentieth century, the book redefines the cinema as one of the most important anthropological processes of modernity. Moving beyond the typical understanding of cinema based on optical and linguistic models, Mapping the Moving Image takes the notion of rhythm as its cue in conceptualizing the medium's morphogenetic potentialities to generate affectivity, behaviour, and logics of sense. It provides a clear picture of how the forms of early film, while mobilizing bodily gestures and demanding intimate, affective engagement from the viewer, emerged in relation to bio-political investments in the body. The book also charts from a fresh perspective how the new gestural dynamics and visuality of the moving image fed into our thinking of time, memory and the unconscious.
Categories: Art

The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom

The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom

For example, Yosefa Loshitzky groups Code 46 alongside In This World and The
Road to Guantánamo calling them 'The Camp trilogy', since the three films can be
read as an elaboration of Giorgio Agamben's contention that, in their exercise ...

Author: Bruce Bennett

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231850537

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This comprehensive study of prolific British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom explores the thematic, stylistic, and intellectual consistencies running through his eclectic and controversial body of work. This volume undertakes a close analysis of a TV series directed by Winterbottom and sixteen of his films ranging from television dramas to transnational co-productions featuring Hollywood stars, and from documentaries to costume films. The critique is centered on Winterbottom's collaborative working practices, political and cultural contexts, and critical reception. Arguing that his work delineates a 'cinema of borders', this study examines Winterbottom's treatment of sexuality, class, ethnicity, and national and international politics, as well as his quest to adequately narrate inequality, injustice, and violence.
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Agamben s Joyful Kafka

Agamben s Joyful Kafka

Agamben's story goes as follows. One night Sancho Panza goes to a cinema,
looking for Don Quixote. He cannot get to him because the cinema is full and sits
down next to a girl, probably Dulcinea, who offers him a lollipop. The film begins
 ...

Author: Anke Snoek

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441172495

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Both Giorgio Agamben and Franz Kafka are best known for their gloomy political worldview. A cautious study of Agamben's references on Kafka, however, reveals another dimension right at the intersection of their works: a complex and unorthodox theory of freedom. The inspiration emerges from Agamben's claims that 'it is a very poor reading of Kafka's works that sees in them only a summation of the anguish of a guilty man before the inscrutable power'. Virtually all of Kafka's stories leave us puzzled about what really happened. Was Josef K., who is butchered like a dog, defeated? And what about the meaningless but in his own way complete creature Odradek? Agamben's work sheds new light on these questions and arrives, through Kafka, at different strategies for freedom at the point where this freedom is most blatantly violated.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Cinema Politics Philosophy

Cinema Politics Philosophy

In Cinema/Politics/Philosophy, Nico Baumbach revisits the much-maligned tradition of seventies film theory to reconsider: What does it mean to call cinema political?

Author: Nico Baumbach

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231545372

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 246

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Almost fifty years ago, Jean-Louis Comolli and Jean Narboni published the manifesto “Cinema/Ideology/Criticism,” helping to set the agenda for a generation of film theory that used cinema as a means of critiquing capitalist ideology. In recent decades, film studies has moved away from politicized theory, abandoning the productive ways in which theory understands the relationship between cinema, politics, and art. In Cinema/Politics/Philosophy, Nico Baumbach revisits the much-maligned tradition of seventies film theory to reconsider: What does it mean to call cinema political? In this concise and provocative book, Baumbach argues that we need a new philosophical approach that sees cinema as both a mode of thought and a form of politics. Through close readings of the writings on cinema by the contemporary continental philosophers Jacques Rancière, Alain Badiou, and Giorgio Agamben, he asks us to rethink both the legacy of ideology critique and Deleuzian film-philosophy. He explores how cinema can condition philosophy through its own means, challenging received ideas about what is seeable, sayable, and doable. Cinema/Politics/Philosophy offers fundamental new ways to think about cinema as thought, art, and politics.
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Psychoanalyzing Cinema

Psychoanalyzing Cinema

perspective ofthereader butalso to insistthat a world mustfirstbe made (Agamben,
. Beyond its composition as a cinematic signforbreaking normative patterns of
representation, the temporal continuityof character development, and tropes of ...

Author: j. jagodzinski

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137116949

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 281

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The essays within this collection explore the possibilities and potentialities of all three positions, presenting encounters that are, at times contradictory, at other times supportive, as well as complementary. The collection thereby enriches the questions that are being raised within contemporary cinematic studies.
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The Cinema of Terry Gilliam

The Cinema of Terry Gilliam

There is always the potential for a state of 'exception', a 'Permanent Emergency
Code', to immediately reinscribe us as disciplinary subjects.4 It is helpful to recall
here the distinction Giorgio Agamben draws between bios and zoē – bios ...

Author: Jeff Birkenstein

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231850384

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Terry Gilliam has been making movies for more than forty years, and this volume analyzes a selection of his thrilling directorial work, from his early films with Monty Python to The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnussus (2009). The frenetic genius, auteur, and social critic continues to create indelible images on screen--if, that is, he can get funding for his next project. Featuring eleven original essays from an international group of scholars, this collection argues that when Gilliam makes a movie, he goes to war: against Hollywood caution and convention, against American hyper-consumerism and imperial militarism, against narrative vapidity and spoon-fed mediocrity, and against the brutalizing notion and cruel vision of the "American Dream."
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Critical Cinema

Critical Cinema

... cause and effect that gives theory and cinema their specifiable places.
BIBLIOGRAPHY Agamben, G. (2007) Infancy and History: On the Destruction
ofExperience. London: Verso. Althusser, L. (1971) 'A Letter on Art' in Lenin and
Philosophy.

Author: Clive Myer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231504560

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Critical Cinema: Beyond the Theory of Practice purges the obstructive line between the making of and the theorising on film, uniting theory and practice in order to move beyond the commercial confines of Hollywood. Opening with an introduction by Bill Nichols, one of the world's leading writers on nonfiction film, this volume features contributions by such prominent authors as Noel Burch, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, Brian Winston and Patrick Fuery. Seminal filmmakers such as Peter Greenaway and Mike Figgis also contribute to the debate, making this book a critical text for students, academics, and independent filmmakers as well as for any reader interested in new perspectives on culture and film.
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Means Without End

Means Without End

Notes on Politics Giorgio Agamben ... the same way in which Benjamin once
compared the dialectical image to those little books, forerunners of
cinematography, that gave the impression of movement when the pages were
turned over rapidly).

Author: Giorgio Agamben

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816630364

Category: Political Science

Page: 153

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In this critical rethinking of the categories of politics within a new sociopolitical and historical context, the distinguished political philosopher Giorgio Agamben builds on his previous work to address the status and nature of politics itself. Bringing politics face-to-face with its own failures of consciousness and consequence, Agamben frames his analysis in terms of clear contemporary relevance. He proposes, in his characteristically allusive and intriguing way, a politics of gesture--a politics of means without end.
Categories: Political Science

Cinema and Counter History

Cinema and Counter History

This statement speaks to his conception of language and cinema, particularly in
relation to using the “film medium, as a speaking ... In Giorgio Agamben's terms,
the men become exemplary of “bare life” in which life “becomes the project and ...

Author: Marcia Landy

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253016195

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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Despite claims about the end of history and the death of cinema, visual media continue to contribute to our understanding of history and history-making. In this book, Marcia Landy argues that rethinking history and memory must take into account shifting conceptions of visual and aural technologies. With the assistance of thinkers such as Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Cinema and Counter-History examines writings and films that challenge prevailing notions of history in order to explore the philosophic, aesthetic, and political stakes of activating the past. Marshaling evidence across European, African, and Asian cinema, Landy engages in a counter-historical project that calls into question the certainty of visual representations and unmoors notions of a history firmly anchored in truth.
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The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov

The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov

Borrowing on Agamben's theories, Yannick Lemarié (2009: 115–16) argues that
Hitler's character is akin to a tick, for whom the world exists only in terms of need
and body temperature; or a moth, attracted to and destroyed by the flame which ...

Author: Jeremi Szaniawski

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231850520

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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One of the last representatives of a brand of serious, high-art cinema, Alexander Sokurov has produced a massive oeuvre exploring issues such as history, power, memory, kinship, death, the human soul, and the responsibility of the artist. Through contextualization and close readings of each of his feature fiction films (broaching many of his documentaries in the process), this volume unearths a vision of Sokurov's films as equally mournful and passionate, intellectual, and sensual, and also identifies in them a powerful, if discursively repressed, queer sensitivity, alongside a pattern of tensions and paradoxes. This book thus offers new keys to understand the lasting and ever-renewed appeal of the Russian director's Janus-like and surprisingly dynamic cinema – a deeply original and complex body of work in dialogue with the past, the present and the future.
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The Coming Community

The Coming Community

He is the author of "Language and Death" (Minnesota, 1991) and "Stanzas" (Minnesota, 1992). This book is intended for those in the fields of cultural theory, literary theory, philosophy.

Author: Giorgio Agamben

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816622353

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 105

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Unquestionably an influential thinker in Italy today, Giorgio Agamben has contributed to some of the most vital philosophical debates of our time. "The Coming Community" is an indispensable addition to the body of his work. How can we conceive a human community that lays no claim to identity - being American, being Muslim, being communist? How can a community be formed of singularities that refuse any criteria of belonging? Agamben draws on an eclectic and exciting set of sources to explore the status of human subjectivities outside of general identity. From St Thomas' analysis of halos to a stocking commercial shown in French cinemas, and from the Talmud's warning about entering paradise to the power of the multitude in Tiananmen Square, Agamben tracks down the singular subjectivity that is coming in the contemporary world and shaping the world to come. Agamben develops the concept of community and the social implications of his philosophical thought. "The Coming Community" offers both a philosophical mediation and the beginnings of a new foundation for ethics, one grounded beyond subjectivity, ideology, and the concepts of good and evil. Agamben's exploration is, in part, a contemporary and creative response to the work of Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Blanchot, Jean-Luc Nancy, and, more historically, Plato, Spinoza, and medieval scholars and theorists of Judeo-Christian scriptures. This volume is the first in a new series that encourages transdisciplinary exploration and destabilizes traditional boundaries between disciplines, nations, genders, races, humans, and machines. Giorgio Agamben currently teaches philosophy at the College International de Philosophie in Paris and at the University of Macerata (Italy). He is the author of "Language and Death" (Minnesota, 1991) and "Stanzas" (Minnesota, 1992). This book is intended for those in the fields of cultural theory, literary theory, philosophy.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit