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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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Rethinking Corpus

Rethinking Corpus

(p.77) Rethinking Corpus
Carnal Hermeneutics

Jean-Luc Nancy

Fordham University Press

This chapter takes up touch in relation to life and death, taboo and zone. The author shows how skin is the boundary in which inside and outside are related and distinguished. Drawing on a variety of linguistic traditions, he shows how moments of intimacy move us beyond functionality toward a deepening carnal signification. The second part of this chapter examines the semantic familiarity and play of Rühren, Berühren, and Aufruhr. The author argues that touch sets things in motion, and initiates the differentiation of bodies as in the event of birth. It is this primal carnal separation that initiates our openness to touch, contact, the world, and relationship.

Keywords:   Touch, Motion, Birth, Skin, Differentiation, Relationship

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