The Body: Classic and Contemporary Readings

The Body: Classic and Contemporary Readings

by Donn Welton, Don Welton
     
 

The volume brings together for the first time 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 philosophical inquiry. Continental thinkers, beginning with the phenomenologists, began to rethink this important concept and to develop alternatives to traditional

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The volume brings together for the first time 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 philosophical inquiry. Continental thinkers, beginning with the phenomenologists, began to rethink this important concept and to develop alternatives to traditional analytic reductionist attempts to characterize the body in mere physical or biological terms.

This volume begins with selections from phenomenological writings of Edmund Husserl, Martin Hidegger, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. These selections are accompanied by essays from Donn Welton, Elmar Holenstein, David Levin, Anthony J. Steinbock and Drew Leder (Part I). The phenomenological accounts have been supplemented, perhaps replaced, by the psychotropic and genealogical analyses of Jacques Lacan and Michael Foucault (Part II), and by the semiological analysis of the gendered body offered by Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray (Part III). The theories of these important yet difficult thinkers are
Discussed in seminal essay by Charles Bonner, alphonso Lingis, Judith Butler, Kelly Oliver, and Tina Chanter.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631211846
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Blackwell Readings in Continental Philosophy Series
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(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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