The Logos of the Living World
Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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No one in my generation started out in ecocriticism, because the fi eld did not exist. As I moved from traditional literary scholarship into environmental criticism and interdisciplinary alliances with philosophy and the sciences, I was fortunate to work in a university that is unusually hospitable to such cooperation. Work for this book ...
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Playwright Eugene Ionesco described archaic humans as living in “a time, long, long ago, when the world seemed to man to be so charged with meanings that he didn’t have time to ask himself ques-tions, the manifestation was so spectacular.” He claimed that at some point closer to our own era, a break occurred and we lost that ...
CHAPTER1A Philosophy of Life
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...coevolutionary history of life forms, as well as being dynamically involved with the nonliving forms, materials, and energies of the world. But most of Western philosophical tradition has defi ned humans in dualistic terms as essentially outside of nature, function-ing as disembodied minds with access to timeless spiritual realms. ...
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W. H. Auden in his late poems offered a radical answer to the central question of humanism addressed by Pico della Mirandola, Montaigne, down the ladder of being and, at his best, leave the gross material body to become pure spirit, a pure contemplator even higher than the angels. Although disputed by Montaigne, this heroic notion of ...
CHAPTER3Language Is Everywhere
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Language is central to being human. From Descartes to Heidegger connection to rationality have defi ned the transcendent Logos that is supposed to distinguish our species.1 Merleau-Ponty spent his life attempting to dismantle that dualistic view. “The only Logos that pre-exists is the world itself,” he said in Phenomenology of ...
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Merleau-Ponty wrote in his working notes near the end of his life that his goal was to restore to us the world of “the wild Being,” showing how it is absolutely different from our representations, which cannot exhaust it but which all “reach” it in limited ways. “Moreover the distinction between the two planes (natural and cul-...
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Groundworks (FUP)