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Nietzsche and Embodiment

Discerning Bodies and Non-dualism

Kristen Brown Golden

Publication Year: 2006

In Nietzsche and Embodiment Kristen Brown reveals the smartness of bodies, challenging the traditional view in the West that bodies are separate from and morally inferior to minds. Drawing inspiration from Nietzsche, Brown vividly describes why the interdependence of mind and body matters, both in Nietzsche’s writings and for contemporary debates (non-dualism theory, Merleau-Ponty criticism, and metaphor studies), activities (spinal cord research and fasting), and specific human experiences (menses, trauma, and guilt). Brown’s theories about the dynamic relationship between body and mind provide new possibilities for self-understanding and experience.

Published by: State University of New York Press


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Title page, Copyright page

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pp. iii-iv


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p. vii

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p. ix

A project such as this comes about through the support of many people along the way. There are a few to whom I would like to express special thanks: to Michael Galchinsky, Anne MacMaster, Lisa Sigel, and Steve Smith for their helpful comments on certain...


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pp. xi-xii

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CHAPTER 1: Introduction: Nietzsche and Embodiment

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pp. 1-26

We often find ourselves theorizing about why we feel a certain way. We try to guess about the sources of an ailment that we or someone close to us may have. In the case of a developing headache, we might ask, “Is the onset of this pain the result of dehydration perhaps? Or mental stress? Is it the result of environmental or psychological...

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CHAPTER 2: Opening Nietzsche’s Genealogy to “Feminine” Body

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pp. 27-43

Among tellers of stories about Nietzsche’s texts, a common story is that the identity of the self and the concept break down in Nietzsche’s writings. Yet few versions of this story have focused on Nietzsche’s view of the formation of the self1 in the “Second Essay” from...

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CHAPTER 3: Nietzsche’s Ascetic Ideals and a Process of the Production of Embodied Meaning

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pp. 45-58

According to the concept of dynamic non-dualism, our felt and imagined experience appears to be constituted both within and across the planes of the mental and the physiological, the subject and the object. In and across them, a symbolically feminine body shows...

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CHAPTER 4: Nietzsche’s Ascetic Ideals as a Process of the Production of Meaning

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pp. 59-80

The title of Nietzsche’s “Third Essay” (1887/1989), “Was bedeuten asketischen Ideale?” (KSA 5, 339), can be translated “What do ascetic ideals mean?” The German sentence assigns to the signifier...

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CHAPTER 5: Nietzsche on a Practice and Concept of Guilt

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pp. 81-91

Nietzsche investigates a cavernous overlapping of our embodied and reflected worlds not only with regard to concepts such as the ascetic ideal, but also with regard to personal preferences. In chapter 3 I argued...

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CHAPTER 6: Nietzsche, Metaphor, and Body

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pp. 93-120

As early as the first publication of The Birth of Tragedy in 1872, the concepts of metaphor and the body figure prominently in Nietzsche’s thought. In “On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense,” written in 1873, the roles of the concepts of metaphor and the body undergo...

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CHAPTER 7: Nietzsche after Nietzsche

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pp. 121-149

Nietzsche’s suspicion of “official” stories invites comparison with twentieth and twenty-first–century tales of phenomenologists. Phenomenologists, of course, generally discard judgments about a possible “correct” story and replace them with analytical stories about...

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CHAPTER 8: Nietzsche before Nietzsche

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pp. 151-179

Broadly absent from human experience today is an ability to perceive a sensuous world exceeding a realm of human technology.1 Our speech is a human technology—structured by and for humans in ways it has not always been. How might the ways humans perceived...


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pp. 181-204


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pp. 205-216


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pp. 217-228

E-ISBN-13: 9780791482193
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791466513
Print-ISBN-10: 0791466515

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2006

OCLC Number: 65174994
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  • Women -- Physiology.
  • Human body
  • Human beings.
  • Self.
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, -- 1844-1900.
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