Carnal Hermeneutics

Carnal Hermeneutics

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Building on a hermeneutic tradition in which accounts of carnal embodiment are overlooked, misunderstood, or underdeveloped, this work initiates a new field of study and concern.

Carnal Hermeneutics provides a philosophical approach to the body as interpretation. Transcending the traditional dualism of rational understanding and embodied sensibility, the volume argues that our most carnal sensations are already interpretations. Because interpretation truly goes "all the way down," carnal hermeneutics rejects the opposition of language to sensibility, word to flesh, text to body.

In this volume, an impressive array of today's preeminent philosophers seek to interpret the surplus of meaning that arises from our carnal embodiment, its role in our experience and understanding, and its engagement with the wider world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 30.48mm | 566.99g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0823265897
  • 9780823265893
  • 95,333

Table of contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: From Head to Foot Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor Why Carnal Hermeneutics? What Is Carnal Hermeneutics? Richard Kearney Mind the Gap: The Challenge of Matter Brian Treanor Rethinking the Flesh Rethinking Corpus Jean-Luc Nancy From the Limbs of the Heart to the Soul's Organs Jean-Louis Chretien A Tragedy and a Dream: Disability Revisited Julia Kristeva Incarnation and the Problem of Touch Michel Henry On the Phenomenon of Suffering Jean-Luc Marion Memory, History, Oblivion Paul Ricoeur Matters of Touch Skin Deep: Bodies Edging into Place Ed Casey Touched by Touching David Wood Umbilicus: Toward a Hermeneutics of Generational Difference Anne O'Byrne Getting in Touch: Aristotelian Diagnostics Emmanuel Alloa Between Vision and Touch: From Husserl to Merleau-Ponty Dermot Moran Biodiversity and the Diacritics of Life Ted Toadvine Divine Bodies The Passion According to Teresa of Avila Julia Kristeva
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This book is not only an invaluable resource for scholars interested in new developments in hermeneutics, and, more generally, in continental European philosophy. It is also likely to become an important touchstone of future debate. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * "In response to the apparent 'non-relevance' of traditional phenomenological hermeneutics, must those scholars who continue to cling to a more 'conservative' perspective capitulate to the various nihilisms, to the critiques of correlationalism, or to the solid reductionism of speculative realism? Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor answer with an insistent 'No!' Indeed, they seek to infuse the debate with a dialogical energy that will keep the process moving and flesh renewed. That would not be a bad embodiment of a carnal hermeneutics." -- -B. Keith Putt * Samford University * Carnal Hermeneutics brings together essays from some of the most prominent philosophers writing today. These excellent essays challenge us to think through the body in every sense. This collection makes an important contribution to philosophy of embodiment. The very idea of carnal hermeneutics is breath-taking. -- -Kelly Oliver * Vanderbilt University * Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor have assembled a remarkable collection of essays by important recent philosophers devoted to the surprising intersection of 'carnal' and 'hermeneutics' -the body as interpreter as well as interpreted. The British, French and American authors explore the existential, environmental and religious implications of a philosophy of the body. -- -David Carr * Emory University * Certain dualities, spirit vs. body, idea vs. sensation, self vs. the world, etc., have long dominated, often injuriously, much Western thinking. In this remarkable volume, the editors, along with some of the most important voices in the Continental tradition, allow hermeneutics to go 'all the way down' and in so doing move beyond these dualities by taking more seriously the 'surplus of meaning arising from our carnal embodiment.' What emerges is a reenergized and radically embodied or 'incarnational' hermeneutics that opens new vistas for religious, environmental, and artistic thinking. This is an important and consequential collection. -- -Jason M. Wirth * Seattle University *
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About Richard Kearney

Richard Kearney is the Charles Seelig Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is the author of over 20 books, among them the trilogy The God Who May Be (Indiana University Press, 2001), On Stories (Routledge, 2002), and Strangers, Gods, and Monsters (Routledge, 2003), as well as works including Debates in Continental Philosophy (Fordham University Press, 2004), and Anatheism (Columbia, 2011). In 2008 he launched the Guestbook Project, an ongoing artistic, academic, and multi-media experiment in hospitality.

Brian Treanor is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Environmental Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of Aspects of Alterity (Fordham, 2006) and Emplotting Virtue (SUNY Press, 2014), and the coeditor of A Passion for the Possible (Fordham University Press, 2010), Interpreting Nature (Fordham University Press, 2013), and Being-in-Creation (Fordham University Press, 2015). Current projects include the development of an "earthy" hermeneutics, and a monograph on the experience of joy.
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