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Trust

2004
Author:

Alphonso Lingis

Trust

A traveler to the world’s remote corners muses on human relationships and the nature of travel

Alphonso Lingis reflects on journeys from Latin America to Asia to Antarctica. From these experiences he gains new understandings about spirituality, masculinity, love, death, ecstasy, and change. In the tradition of such international travelers as Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, and Ryszard Kapuscinski, Lingis shares both the private revelations and the universal connections he acquires on his exotic journeys.

Alphonso Lingis has single-handedly created an entirely new genre of thought, art, and emotion. Combining philosophy and anthropology with storytelling and modest prose, he opens our eyes to what lies around us.

Michael Taussig, Columbia University

Trust is inherent in travel. We ask strangers for directions or for a ride. We live among people whose language, culture, and motivations we don’t understand. Trust binds us to one another with an intoxicating energy; it is brave, giddy, joyous, and lustful. A sudden attraction careens into sexual surrender, and trust becomes unconditional. Trust laughs at danger and leaps into the unknown.

The author of Abuses and Foreign Bodies, Alphonso Lingis has traveled the globe for many years, and in Trust he reflects on journeys from Latin America to Asia to Antarctica. Whether feeding chocolate sauce and tuna to the baboons who visit his campsite in Ethiopia, celebrating the millennial New Year in Mongolia, or indulging in a passionate love affair in Vietnam, Lingis evaluates what happens around him and how it affects him and others. From these experiences he gains new understandings about spirituality, masculinity, love, death, ecstasy, and change.

In the tradition of such international travelers as Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, and Ryszard Kapuscinski, and with insight reminiscent of John Berger and Joan Didion, Lingis shares both the private revelations and the universal connections he acquires on his exotic journeys. “Travel far enough,” he concludes, “and we find ourselves happily back in the infantile world”—where trust is ultimate.


Trust

Alphonso Lingis is author of The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common, Dangerous Emotions, Abuses, and Foreign Bodies. He is professor emeritus of philosophy at Pennsylvania State University.

Trust

Alphonso Lingis has single-handedly created an entirely new genre of thought, art, and emotion. Combining philosophy and anthropology with storytelling and modest prose, he opens our eyes to what lies around us.

Michael Taussig, Columbia University

What pilgrim excels Alphonso Lingis, what pilgrimage surges ever onward in purer resolve? What I need to know in order to live and die with virility intact involves surrender. Lingis teaches this.

Gordon Lish, author of Self-Imitation of My Self

The works of Alphonso Lingus are always alive with the possibilities of language. Whether in Addis Ababa or Kathmandu he illuminates the individual, historical and cultural differences that, often unknowingly and beautifully, still afford some semblance of resistance to the homogenizing tendencies of globalization.

Journal of Historical Geography

Alphonso Lingis’s Trust is an important contribution to the literature on trust, he created a unique way of viewing ‘trust’ by combining philosophy and anthropology with travel.

Comptes Rendus

I can recommend Lingis’s latest book to anyone grappling with how today’s complicated and uneven geographies of exclusion are embodied in flesh and feeling. Lingis is extremely well versed in phenomenology and continental philosophy in general.

Environment and Planning D