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The Absent Body : 4 - Drew Leder

The Absent Body


Paperback Published: 1st January 1990
ISBN: 9780226470009
Number Of Pages: 228

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The body plays a central role in shaping our experience of the world. Why, then, are we so frequently oblivious to our own bodies? We gaze at the world, but rarely see our own eyes. We may be unable to explain how we perform the simplest of acts. We are even less aware of our internal organs and the physiological processes that keep us alive. In this fascinating work, Drew Leder examines all the ways in which the body is "absent"--forgotten, alien, uncontrollable, obscured.
In part 1, Leder explores a wide range of bodily functions with an eye to structures of concealment and alienation. He discusses not only perception and movement, skills and tools, but a variety of "bodies" that philosophers tend to overlook: the inner body with its anonymous rhythms; the sleeping body into which we nightly lapse; the prenatal body from which we first came to be. Leder thereby seeks to challenge "primacy of perception." In part 2, Leder shows how this phenomenology allows us to rethink traditional concepts of mind and body. Leder argues that Cartesian dualism exhibits an abiding power because it draws upon life-world experiences. Descartes' corpus is filled with disruptive bodies which can only be subdued by exercising "disembodied" reason. Leder explores the origins of this notion of reason as disembodied, focusing upon the hidden corporeality of language and thought. In a final chapter, Leder then proposes a new ethic of embodiment to carry us beyond Cartesianism.
This original, important, and accessible work uses examples from the author's medical training throughout. It will interest all those concerned with phenomenology, the philosophy of mind, or the Cartesian tradition; those working in the health care professions; and all those fascinated by the human body.

Phenomenological Investigations
The Ecstatic Body Perception: The From and the To Motility Ecstasis and Absence Presencings
The Corporeal Field Forms of Disappearance
The Complemental Series Incorporation
The Recessive Body Digestion: A Phenomenological Example Visceral Perception Visceral Motility Indirection an the Medical Field Depth and Disappearance Temporal Depths
The Flesh and Blood
The Dys-appearing Body Pain Disease Dys-appearance
The Other
Philosophical Consequences
The Immaterial Body A Diagrammatic Summation Historical Dividends
The Place of Mind
The Activity of Mind
The Threatening Body Error Death
To Form One Body
The Phenomenological Vector To Form One Body
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ISBN: 9780226470009
ISBN-10: 0226470008
Series: 4
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 1st January 1990
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 2

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