Heidegger's Neglect of the Body

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SUNY Press, Jul 2, 2010 - Philosophy - 192 pages
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Martin Heidegger’s failure to acknowledge the role of the body in his analysis of everyday human existence (Dasein) has generated a cottage industry of criticism from such prominent continental figures as Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Derrida, and Irigaray. In Heidegger’s Neglect of the Body, Kevin A. Aho suggests the critics largely fail to appreciate Heidegger’s nuanced understanding of Dasein, which is not to be interpreted in terms of individual existence but in terms of a shared horizon of being that is already there. Aho further argues that Heidegger—while rarely discussing the body itself—nonetheless makes a significant contribution to theories of embodiment by means of his critique of technological existence and his hermeneutic recovery of more original ways of being that reveal our fragile interconnectedness with things.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Heideggers Project
7
2 The Missing Dialogue between Heidegger and MerleauPonty
29
On the Question of Daseins Neutrality
53
4 Life Logos and the Poverty of Animals
73
5 The Accelerated Body
105
On Authenticity and Dwelling
127
Embodied Dwelling
143
Notes
151
Index
169
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Kevin A. Aho is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University and the coauthor (with James Aho) of Body Matters: A Phenomenology of Sickness, Disease, and Illness.

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