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Perspectives on Embodiment : The Intersections of Nature and Culture - Gail Weiss

Perspectives on Embodiment

The Intersections of Nature and Culture

By: Gail Weiss (Editor), Honi Fern Haber (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 22nd April 1999
ISBN: 9780415915854
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 18 years old

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"Perspectives on Embodiment" offers multiple ways of conceptualizing human corporeality. These essays collectively defy arbitrary distinctions between nature and culture and reveal the complex ways in which nature and culture interact to produce embodied subjects.
A central premise of this collection is that a variety of perspectives is needed to illuminate the fluid, ever-changing features of human corporeality. This book not only explores what it means to be an embodied subject, but also encourages speculation about our future bodily incarnations.

"This impressive group of philosophers have come together across the continental/analytic divide to reconceptualize the body in relation to philosophy. When we view the body as the subject of perception and not just the object, as Gail Weiss points out, it becomes essential to reconceptualize many of the fundamental concepts used in philosophies of action, of mind, and of consciousness. We will need to reconceptualize the cognitive sciences, given that perception is structured by the body as a whole rather than an abstracted perceptual organ. These essays provide an excellent entree into this exciting new area of philosophical discussion ." -Linda Alcoff

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Identifying Bodies and Bodily Identifications
Critical Resistance: Foucault and Bourdieup. 3
The Soul of America: Whiteness and the Disappearing of Bodies in the Progressive Erap. 23
The Abject Borders of the Body Imagep. 41
Claiming One's Identity: A Constructivist/Narrativist Approachp. 61
Embodied Mind: Phenomenological Approaches to Cognitive Science, Psychology, and Anthropology
Embodied Reasonp. 81
The Challenge of Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Embodiment for Cognitive Sciencep. 103
Affordances: An Ecological Approach to First Philosophyp. 121
Embodiment and Cultural Phenomenologyp. 143
Rewriting the History of the Body
Returning the Gaze: The American Response to the French Critique of Ocularcentrismp. 165
The Epoch of the Body: Need and Demand in Kojeve and Lacanp. 183
Disciplining the Deadp. 213
The Preservation and Ownership of the Bodyp. 233
Contributorsp. 262
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780415915854
ISBN-10: 0415915856
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 22nd April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1