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Carnal Hermeneutics
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Carnal Hermeneutics

Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Abstract

Building on a tradition in which accounts of carnal embodiment are overlooked, misread, or underdeveloped, this book initiates a focus on carnal hermeneutics as such, as distinct field of study and concern. Carnal hermeneutics seeks to provide a philosophical approach to the body as interpretation. It begins with the recognition that human existence requires an art of understanding as well as a science of explanation. The former is rooted in our finite, spatio-temporal being-in-the-world, which calls for an account of meanings involving corporeal sensation, orientation, and linguistic articula ... More

Keywords: Hermeneutics, Body, Embodiment, Understanding, Sensation, Interpretation, Language, Flesh, World

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Kearney, editor
Boston College

Brian Treanor, editor
Loyola Marymount University

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Introduction

Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Why Carnal Hermeneutics?

Mind the Gap

Brian Treanor

Rethinking the Flesh

Rethinking Corpus

Jean-Luc Nancy

A Tragedy and a Dream

Julia Kristeva

Matters of Touch

Skin Deep

Edward S. Casey

Touched by Touching

David Wood

Umbilicus

Anne O’Byrne

Getting in Touch

Emmanuel Alloa

Divine Bodies

This Is My Body

Emmanuel Falque

Original Breath

Karmen Mackendrick

On the Flesh of the Word

John Panteleimon Manoussakis