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Imagining Bodies : Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of Imagination - James B. Steeves

Imagining Bodies

Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of Imagination

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The book demonstrates how Maurice Merleau-Pobty's understanding of the body has broad implications for philosophy, aesthetics and the social sciences. By examining Merleau-Ponty's analysis of the body as a dialectic of habituation and creativity, Steeves unveils a deeper relation between self and the world that is meditated by images of embodiment. This creative embodiment forms the basis for all forms of imagining, including fanciful thinking, perception, aesthetic production and psychopathology. The book is a testament to the importance of the body and the imagination of our perception of reality at a time when the philosophy of the body is associated with metaphysical presence.

Prefacep. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Imagining Bodiesp. 13
Perceptual Imaginingp. 33
Aesthetic Imaginingp. 51
Fanciful Imaginingp. 67
Pathological Imaginingp. 89
Self-Imaginingp. 103
Elemental Imaginingp. 121
Imagining Beingp. 137
Notesp. 161
Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780820703435
ISBN-10: 0820703435
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.31