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Carnal Hermeneutics$
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Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

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The Wager of Carnal Hermeneutics

The Wager of Carnal Hermeneutics

(p.15) The Wager of Carnal Hermeneutics
Carnal Hermeneutics

Richard Kearney

Fordham University Press

This chapter begins by clarifying the idea of carnal hermeneutics as such, identifying historical anticipations and precedents, and laying out some directions in which future scholarship on the subject might proceed. It then proceeds to chart a detailed hermeneutic genealogy of touch through Aristotle’s account of flesh (sarx) as medium (metaxu), to the more contemporary phenomenological and hermeneutic accounts of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and Ricoeur. In doing so, it expands the traditional notion that hermeneutics is concerned with intellectual understanding to include a hermeneutics of bodily and sensory orientation.

Keywords:   Flesh, Hermeneutics, Metaxu, Aristotle, Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricoeur, Touch, Body, Senses

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