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.
|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 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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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