Christine Buci-Glucksmann

Christine Buci-Glucksmann is a philosopher, professor emerita of the University of Paris VIII, and the author of many books in the fields of political philosophy, aesthetics, contemporary art, the baroque, ornament, Asian art, and virtual art. Her most recent works include Esthétique de l’éphémère (2003), Au-delà de la mélancholie (2005), Philosophie de l’ornement: D’Orient en Occident (2008), and Une femme philosophe (2008). Two of her books have previously been translated into English: Gramsci and the State (1980) and Baroque Reason: The Aesthetics of Modernity (1994).

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The Madness of Vision · On Baroque Aesthetics
By Christine Buci-Glucksmann · Translation by Dorothy Z. Baker

Christine Buci-Glucksmann’s The Madness of Vision is one of the most influential studies in phenomenological aesthetics of the baroque. Integrating the work of Merleau-Ponty with Lacanian psychoanalysis, Renaissance studies in optics, and twentieth-century mathematics, the author asserts the materiality of the body and world in her aesthetic theory. All vision is embodied vision, with the body and the emotions continually at play on the visual field.