Heidegger's Neglect of the Body (S U N Y Series in by Kevin A. Aho

By Kevin A. Aho

Demanding situations traditional understandings of Heidegger's account of the physique.

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This familiarity allows entities to be meaningfully disclosed as such. In my everyday activities, I am already familiar with this meaningful referential context. For instance, I do not encounter my computer in isolation. ” The computer sits on my desk near a lamp, and it is being used to compose an article. The article will be sent to a university and will be read by an editor of a journal. If published, this article may help me get promoted, which will secure my job and fill out my selfinterpretation as a college professor.

Today, the importance of an immaterial mind has diminished, and mainstream philosophers have, for the most part, adopted the standpoint of “materialism,” that everything that exists is physical substance of one kind or another. In chapter 1 we saw that the picture of the body that we inherit from the Cartesian tradition can only be understood in terms of its opposition to an immaterial mind; it is a material substance that has several essential qualities. It occupies a particular location in a spatial container, thus the body has determinate boundaries and can be at only one place at a time, “here and not there” (ZS, 120).

This view continues to regard the body as a corporeal thing that is disengaged from the world. For Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, the body, as it is lived, is already engaged in a particular situation. Consequently, the boundaries of Leib “extend beyond” Körper. Heidegger explains: 38 Heidegger’s Neglect of the Body The difference between the limits of the corporeal thing and the body consists in the fact that the bodily limit is extended beyond the corporeal limit. Thus the difference between the limits is a quantitative one.

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