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Overview

This new reader provides an unparalleled collection of foundational twentieth century texts on the concept of the body.

The concept of the body has emerged as one of the most important areas of recent philosophy. Continental thinkers, beginning with the phenomenologists, began to rethink this important concept and to develop alternatives to reducing the body to its physical or biological characterization. The volume includes selections from: Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Jean Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Donn Welton, Elmar Holenstein, David Levin, Hubert Dreyfus, Piotr Hoffman, Anthony Steinbock, Drew Leder, Jacques Lacan, Michael Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Carl Bonner, Alphonso Lingis, Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray, Kelly Oliver, and Tina Chanter.

Body will be of interest to all readers studying philosophy of the body, philosophical psychology, and gender studies. It will be of particular interest to philosophers seeking a deeper understanding of how the concept of the body has developed in the continental tradition.

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"Finally, those of us who teach courses on continental theories of the body will be able to say goodbye to homemade readers! This beautifully organized and indispensable anthology puts it all together for us: well-chosen selections from the foundational twentieth-century texts and clarifying contemporary commentary. An invaluable contribution for teachers, students, and scholars." Susan Bordo, Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631211853
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/30/1999
  • Series: Blackwell Readings in Continental Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 1,043,886
  • Product dimensions: 7.87 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Donn Welton is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has served as Chair of the Department, and as Co-Director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. He has published widely on the phenomenology of Husserl, philosophical psychology, and issues in contemporary continental philosophy. Welton is the editor of Body and Flesh: A Philosophical Reader (Blackwell, 1998); Postmodernism and Continental Philosophy (co-edited with Hugh Silverman, 1988); and Critical Dialectical Phenomenology (co-edited with Hugh Silverman, 1987). He is the author of The Origins of Meaning: A Critical Study of the Thresholds of Husserlian Phenomenology (1983).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Foundations of a Theory of the Body 1
Pt. I Phenomenological Formulations 9
Edmund Husserl 11
1 Material Things in Their Relation to the Aesthetic Body 11
The Constitution of Psychic Reality Through the Body 23
2 Soft, Smooth Hands: Husserl's Phenomenology of the Lived-Body 38
3 The Zero-Point of Orientation: The Placement of the I in Perceived Space 57
Martin Heidegger 95
4 Introduction to Being and Time 95
Equipment, Action, and the World 97
Dasein as Affective Responsiveness and as Understanding 103
Seeing and Sight 103
Hearing, Discourse, and the Call of Care 110
Hands 111
On Hearing the Logos 115
5 The Ontological Dimension of Embodiment: Heidegger's Thinking of Being 122
Maurice Merleau-Ponty 150
6 Situating the Body 150
The Lived Body 154
The Body In Its Sexual Being 158
The Natural World and the Body 166
7 Saturated Intentionality 178
8 Flesh and Blood: A Proposed Supplement to Merleau-Ponty 200
Pt. II Psycho- and Sociotropic Genealogical Analyses 211
Jacques Lacan 213
9 Towards a Genetic Theory of the Ego 213
The See-saw of Desire 218
The Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the Body 221
Anamorphosis 223
10 The Status and Significance of the Body in Lacan's Imaginary and Symbolic Orders 232
Michel Foucault 252
11 Discipline and Punish 252
The History of Sexuality 269
12 The Subjectification of the Body 286
13 Foucault and the Paradox of Bodily Inscriptions 307
Pt. III Towards a Semiotics of the Gendered Body 315
Julia Kristeva 317
14 Subject and Body 317
On the Meaning of Drives 325
15 The Flesh Become Word: The Body in Kristeva's Theory 341
Luce Irigaray 353
16 Female Desire 353
17 Beyond Sex and Gender: On Luce Irigaray's This Sex Which Is Not One 361
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