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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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Getting in Touch

Getting in Touch

Aristotelian Diagnostics

(p.195) Getting in Touch
Carnal Hermeneutics

Emmanuel Alloa

Fordham University Press

In this chapter, the author argues that hermeneutics proper is preceded by a non-textual art of interpretation and distinguishing based in sensible diagnostics, evident particularly in the medical tradition. This diakrisis places a special emphasis on touch, which is simultaneously both the “lowest” and most universal of the senses. A close reading of Aristotle’s De Anima reveals that touch is a crucial sense for our orientation in the world, and that touch cannot be reduced to immediacy or direct contact.

Keywords:   Touch, Aristotle, Diakrisis, Interpretation, Ancient medicine, Sensation

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