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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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Between Vision and Touch

Between Vision and Touch

From Husserl to Merleau-Ponty

(p.214) Between Vision and Touch
Carnal Hermeneutics

Dermot Moran

Fordham University Press

This chapter explains how Merleau-Ponty reinterprets the tradition of “double sensation” he inherited from Edmund Husserl. While Husserl claims double sensation is characteristic only of touch, Merleau-Ponty develops this notion as applying to all the senses, and indeed the reflexivity of thought itself. The notion of chaism and intertwining in this work points toward Merleau-Ponty’s late work on the flesh (la chair).

Keywords:   Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Touch, Body (Leib), Flesh (la chair), Chiasm, Double sensation

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