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Bodily Dimension in Thinking, The
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Daniela Vallega-Neu questions the ontological meaning of body and thinking by carefully taking into account how we come to experience thought bodily. She engages six prominent figures of the Western philosophical tradition—Plato, Nietzsche, Scheler, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, and Foucault—and considers how they understand thinking to occur in relation to the body as well as how their thinking is itself bodily. Through a deconstructive and performative reading, she explores how their thinking reveals a bodily dimension that is prior to what classical metaphysics comes to conceive as mind-body duality. Thus, Vallega-Neu uncovers the bodily dimension that sustains their thought and their work. As she contends, the trace of the body in our thought not only exposes the strangers we are to ourselves, but may also lead to a new understanding of how we come to be who we are in relation to the world we live in.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xix
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  1. PART ONE. At the Limits of Metaphysics
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Chapter On. On the Origin of the Difference of Psyche and Soma in Plato’s Timaeus
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. Chapter Two. The Return of the Body in Exile: Nietzsche
  2. pp. 21-37
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  1. PART TWO. The Return of the Body in Exile: Nietzsche
  2. pp. 39-41
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  1. Chapter Three. Driven SpiritThe Body in Max Scheler’s Phenomenology
  2. pp. 43-58
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  1. Chapter Four. Thinking in the Flesh: Merleau-Ponty’s The Visible and the Invisible
  2. pp. 59-78
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  1. PART THREE. Exposed Bodies
  2. pp. 79-81
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  1. Chapter Five. Bodily Being-T/here: The Question of the Body in the Horizon of Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy
  2. pp. 83-102
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  1. Chapter Six. Exorbitant Gazes: On Foucault’s Genealogies of Bodies
  2. pp. 103-120
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  1. Concluding Prelude
  2. pp. 121-128
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 129-154
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 155-157
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