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Sensible Life$
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Emanuele Coccia

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267415

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267415.001.0001

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Making the World Our Skin

Making the World Our Skin

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(p.90) 29 Making the World Our Skin
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Sensible Life
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Emanuele Coccia

, Scott Alan Stuart
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267415.003.0029

This chapter explains how humans can transform their skin into a worldly object: language. It considers skin as an organ of appearance that is interconnected to imagination (or language) in man and explains how language functions as a faculty that makes our appearance (in this case our auditory appearance, our phonic skin) part of the world. It suggests that every activity of intentional projection of the sensible life is similar to the production of a kind of “mobile skin,” capable of living beyond ourselves. In this sense, human language has the same relation to clothing that animals' call has to their coat or fur. Man has a relationship with the world that is akin to the relationship that every animal has with its own skin.

Keywords:   humans, skin, language, appearance, world, intentional projection, sensible life, mobile skin, clothing, animals

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