Heidegger's Neglect of the Body

Heidegger's Neglect of the Body

by Kevin A. Aho
     
 

ISBN-10: 1438427751

ISBN-13: 9781438427751

Pub. Date: 09/10/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Martin Heidegger's failure to acknowledge the role of the body in his analysis of everyday human existence (Dasein) has generated a cottage industry of criticism from such prominent continental figures as Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Derrida, and Irigaray. In Heidegger's Neglect of the Body, Kevin A. Aho suggests the critics largely fail to appreciate Heidegger's nuanced

Overview

Martin Heidegger's failure to acknowledge the role of the body in his analysis of everyday human existence (Dasein) has generated a cottage industry of criticism from such prominent continental figures as Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Derrida, and Irigaray. In Heidegger's Neglect of the Body, Kevin A. Aho suggests the critics largely fail to appreciate Heidegger's nuanced understanding of Dasein, which is not to be interpreted in terms of individual existence but in terms of a shared horizon of being that is already there. Aho further argues that Heidegger-while rarely discussing the body itself-nonetheless makes a significant contribution to theories of embodiment by means of his critique of technological existence and his hermeneutic recovery of more original ways of being that reveal our fragile interconnectedness with things.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438427751
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/10/2009
Series:
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xi

Introduction 1

The Body Problem 1

Chapter Overview 4

Chapter 1 Heidegger's Project 7

Dismantling Cartesian Metaphysics 9

Dasein and Everydayness 11

Temporality as the Meaning of Being 22

Chapter 2 The Missing Dialogue between Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty 29

The Absence of the Body in Being and Time 29

The Body and the Problem of Spatiality 33

The Importance of the Zollikon Seminars 36

The Limits of Merleau-Ponty's Relation to Heidegger 43

Chapter 3 Gender and Time: On the Question of Dasein's Neutrality 53

Fundamental Ontology and the Sex/Gender Divide 53

Gendered Dasein and Neutral Da-sein 55

The Gender and Neutrality of Time 61

Chapter 4 Life, Logos, and the Poverty of Animals 73

Dasein's Animal-Nature 74

The Question of Life in the Aristotle Lectures 79

Logos and the Animal Question 87

The Animal Lectures in Context 96

Prelude to a Theory of Embodiment 100

Chapter 5 The Accelerated Body 105

Technological Existence 106

Acceleration and Boredom 113

Acceleration and Psychotherapy 119

Chapter 6 Recovering Play: On Authenticity and Dwelling 127

Technology and Authentic Historicality 128

Leisure and Openness to Mystery 132

Conclusion: Embodied Dwelling 143

Notes 151

Index 169

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