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Revista Polis e Psique

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SCISLESKI, Andrea Cristina Coelho  e  HUNING, Simone Maria. Images of the darkness: reflections on invisible subjectivities. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2016, vol.6, n.spe, pp. 8-27. ISSN 2238-152X.

This paper examines the epistemological model based upon the Enlightenment paradigm that underlies Modern Western thought and discusses other forms of writing and production of knowledge. Based on the the work of Michel Foucault, Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben and others, we consider the production of knowledge in darkness. We start out with an evaluation of the effects of an epistemology of light and the potential of thought in the absence of light. We present an analysis of the relationship of that epistemology with forms of organization and urban lighting, as well as the production of invisible subjectivities. In a writing exercise conducted in a zone of shadows, we relate a story which binds the production of light and shadow and their productive power within contemporary urban society. Finally, this study affirms the power of shadows and the need to devise strategies that allow us to write in or with darkness and with those invisible subjectivities which inhabit it.

Palavras-chave : Epistemology; Writing; Cities; Subjectivities; Power.

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