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The Intellective Space: Thinking Beyond Cognition by Laurent Dubreuil (review)

The Intellective Space: Thinking Beyond Cognition by Laurent Dubreuil (review) Reviews Laurent Dubreuil, The Intellective Space: Thinking Beyond Cognition Posthumanities series: Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2015, 171 pp. Laurent Dubreuil’s recent book, part of the Posthumanities series at the University of Minnesota Press, seeks to push beyond cognition, defined as “the minimal level” of “mental operations,” and into another territory altogether (3). Specifically, the book delineates (and celebrates) “the intellective space,” the mental zone of cognitive excess and failure wherein “thought and knowledge are performed and shared” at the moment of the present (3). “The intellective,” Dubreuil writes, is both “a possible name for the productive undoing of cognition per se” and a way of addressing “the potential journey of ideas” that go beyond the base-­evel cognitive processes that are the subject of the cognitive sciences (3). In doing so, Dubreuil’s work orients the reader, in surprising and productive ways, towards the virtues of intellective contradiction, ephemerality, unpredictability, performance, and even chaos. Ultimately, he offers new ways to structure connections between the humanities with the sciences of mind. The book unfolds in two parts, “The Intellective Hypothesis” and “Animal Meditations,” which together contain one hundred and seven sections—some of these sections are as brief, elusive, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The Intellective Space: Thinking Beyond Cognition by Laurent Dubreuil (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 41 – Nov 1, 2017

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Reviews Laurent Dubreuil, The Intellective Space: Thinking Beyond Cognition Posthumanities series: Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2015, 171 pp. Laurent Dubreuil’s recent book, part of the Posthumanities series at the University of Minnesota Press, seeks to push beyond cognition, defined as “the minimal level” of “mental operations,” and into another territory altogether (3). Specifically, the book delineates (and celebrates) “the intellective space,” the mental zone of cognitive excess and failure wherein “thought and knowledge are performed and shared” at the moment of the present (3). “The intellective,” Dubreuil writes, is both “a possible name for the productive undoing of cognition per se” and a way of addressing “the potential journey of ideas” that go beyond the base-­evel cognitive processes that are the subject of the cognitive sciences (3). In doing so, Dubreuil’s work orients the reader, in surprising and productive ways, towards the virtues of intellective contradiction, ephemerality, unpredictability, performance, and even chaos. Ultimately, he offers new ways to structure connections between the humanities with the sciences of mind. The book unfolds in two parts, “The Intellective Hypothesis” and “Animal Meditations,” which together contain one hundred and seven sections—some of these sections are as brief, elusive,

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 1, 2017

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