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PHIL 8816 Phenomenology of Embodiment (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The experience of embodiment has been neglected in modern philosophy. Descartes and modern philosophy (e.g., LaMettrie) thought of the body as a machine. This seminar aims to explore classical phenomenological approaches to the body, especially as found in Husserl, Scheler, Stein, Sartre, de Beauvoir and Merleau-Ponty. Themes covered include Husserl’s conception of phenomenology, the distinction between ‘body’ (Körper) and ‘lived body’ (Leib), the phenomenological approach to sensation, perception, imagination, motility, the feelings and emotions, agency and willing, the experience of flesh (la chair) in Sartre and Merleau-Ponty, the experience of others in empathy, the phenomena of intersubjectivity (interaction with other subjects), the body-for-others, and intercorporeality (interaction with other bodies, e.g., the caress).


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Dermot Moran

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 09-Sep-14